Sunday 21 May

Arsenal vs Everton Match Preview

21 May 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Arsenal FC

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Kick-off
14:00 GMT
21 May 2017

Everton FC

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Kick-off
14:00 GMT 21 May 2017

As the Premier League nears the end of another fantastic season, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side might miss out on a Champions League place for the first time under the Frenchman’s management, a running spanning 19 years! Just 1 point separates them from a top 4 finish as Liverpool,  who currently occupy 4th place, face Middlesbrough at home, a game they should comfortably win. Everton have had a brilliant season and are definitely going to finish 7th, regardless of Sunday’s result.

STATS

  • Arsenal have had their annual late run of good form after a poor run in the middle section of the season as they’ve won 4 of their last 5 league games. This could be too little too late and a frustrating 2-0 win over relegated Sunderland summed this up as they had 36 shots during the game.
  • Everton’s form has gradually slowed down as the season has become closer to its end due to them having very little to play for. They’ve won 2 of their last 5 showing that Ronald Koeman’s side have done enough to confirm a great season. A boring 1-0 win over Watford in their last match summed up how many of the games are finishing with nothing to play for in the middle of the table.
  • An abysmal season has been brightened up by the incredible form of Alexis Sanchez who has scored 23 and assisted 10 goals, meaning no player has more direct goal involvements than the Chilean forward.
  • Romelu Lukaku has managed even more goals than Sanchez with 24 and until Harry Kane’s 4 goals against Leicester, he looked destined for the golden boot. With 2 goals fewer than Kane, he’ll struggle to come back and win it now.

HEAD TO HEAD

Everton have only won this fixture twice since 2008 as Arsenal have won 12 of the last 20 fixtures between the two. However, one of these Everton came earlier in the season at Goodison park as they came out 2-1 winners thanks to an 86th minute Ashley Williams winner.

Head to head matches: Arsenal FC - Everton FC

13.12.2016 Prem Everton FC Arsenal FC 2:1

ARSENAL NEWS

As many people believe Arsene Wenger has already made his decision whether to end his long-standing stint at Arsenal or not, a place in next season’s Champions League will surely be a factor for that decision. The Gunners need a win to stand any chance of qualifying but it still probably won’t be enough. With a fully fit squad, except Santi Cazorla, they have the best chance of picking up all 3 points but it’s up for debate as to which Arsenal will turn up on the day.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

16.05.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Sunderland AFC 2:0 W
13.05.2017 Prem Stoke City Arsenal FC 1:4 W
10.05.2017 Prem Southampton FC Arsenal FC 0:2 W
07.05.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Manchester United 2:0 W
30.04.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal FC 2:0 L

EVERTON NEWS

A win for Everton would cap off a brilliant season perfectly but with absolutely nothing to play for, it’s not vital that they win this game. As he has done all season, Koeman is expected to field a very young side at the Emirates to give them an experience of playing in the Premier League. There are no new injuries in the Everton side so they won’t be forced into any major changes.

Latest matches: Everton FC

12.05.2017 Prem Everton FC Watford FC 1:0 W
06.05.2017 Prem Swansea City Everton FC 1:0 L
30.04.2017 Prem Everton FC Chelsea FC 0:3 L
22.04.2017 Prem West Ham United Everton FC 0:0 D
15.04.2017 Prem Everton FC Burnley FC 3:1 W

SUMMING UP!

With the importance of this fixture, there’s no doubt that Arsenal go into the game as favourites. They’re on a good run of form, with their home fans behind them, against a team with nothing to play for: it would be embarrassing if they don’t manage to win. A win would put the pressure on Liverpool to beat Middlesbrough but it will probably turn out to be too little too late for Arsene Wenger.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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