Everton won their last two matches against Chelsea and Leicester City. They beat Chelsea by 1-0 at home and against Leicester they were victorious by 2-0 away at King Power Stadium.
These two important triumphs helped them to move up to the league table. They are now 5th with 23 points in 13 matches, only two points away from 2nd position Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal have been in an awful form this season, it is their worst start to a second in 46 years. They are without a win in their last 6 matches. The Gunners are 15th in the league with 14 points in 13 matches.
Preview: Everton vs Arsenal
Everton started the season with 4 successive wins and 5 matches unbeaten streak in the league. But they stumbled down from there but the last two victories against Chelsea and Leicester will surely give them a boost for this upcoming game against Arsenal.
Everton signed pretty big names in the summer, likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. These summer signings made an immediate impact on the pitch. But injuries to Rodriguez and Allan pegged them back.
The Toffees have found a reliable striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has scored 11 goals and sitting at the top of the goal-scoring list with Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min.
Arsenal have started the season like they don’t want to play football. They have lost 7 matches and won only 4 games in 13 games. Arsenal are only 5 points off from the relegation zone.
Gunners drew their last match against current 3rd in the league Southampton by 1-1 at home with 10 men. After trailing in the first half from their old player Theo Walcott’s goal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta signed a bunch of over 30 years old players and kept unworthy players with big wages, likes of Willian, David Luiz, and Cedric Soares but they haven’t been able to show anything promising so far.
The Gunners only scored 11 goals in the league, they haven’t created enough chances for their forward players. They lacked creativity in the middle of the park.
The talisman of Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in the worst form of his life. Last summer when they managed to keep him for a huge wage, everyone thought he was the best signing for them in the summer but now the same people started to doubt their comment. Aubameyang the captain of Arsenal scored only 3 goals in the league.
They are searching for something positive but recent league performance is taking away the sleep of Arsenal supporters. Only two points in the last 6 matches.
Everton’s Form: W – L – D – W – W
Arsenal’s Form: D – L – L – L – D
Team News: Everton vs Arsenal
Everton are having few injury problems in the squad where James Rodriguez with a calf injury and Lucas Digne will be sidelined for an ankle injury. Allan also picked up a hamstring problem during their last mast against Leicester.
Right-back Seamus Coleman is in doubt for this match after recovering from a long-term injury.
Robin Olson played the last match in goal ahead of Jordan Pickford and Pickford will be back for this fixture. Otherwise, Carlo Ancelotti will go with the same Xl as it was against Leicester at the weekend.
Arsenal will be without Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Magalhães, they will be suspended for this fixture. Summer signing Thomas Partey will be out with a long-term thigh injury and won’t be available for this fixture.
Arteta will have to tweak his defence after Gabriel’s red card against Southampton, David Luiz will replace him in defence and the rest should be the same in this match as well.
It will be a 2-2 stalemate in this match, Everton will miss their midfield general Allan defensively and Arsenal will try to turn the tide in their favour but it will be difficult for them to do. In the end, it will be shared points between these two teams.
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