17:30 GMT 03 February 2018
With two-thirds of the Premier League season gone already, there is still plenty of football to be played. One of those matches is between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates and will see Theo Walcott return to the club where he spent 12 years. The English winger signed for Everton a couple of weeks ago during the January transfer window. His new side are in 9th while his former employers are struggling to get into the Champions League places in 6th.
Arsenal are certainly one of Everton’s bogey teams as the Merseysiders have won just twice in 21 league attempts. The last meeting between the sides in October was very interesting with seven goals and a red card. The Gunners came out 5-2 winners in their trip to the North with three goals inside injury time. Everton last beat Arsenal in North London in 1996 on a day when Andrei Kanchelskis scored the winner after Ian Wright had scored the opener, how times have changed.
Arsenal desperately need a win to keep their hopes of a top-four spot alive and three points would put them within a win of Tottenham in 5th if Spurs lose. They might be without their new striker, Aubameyang while Jack Wilshere will undergo a late fitness test. It will be too early for Danny Welbeck to return.
Latest matches: Arsenal FC
|30.01.2018||Prem||Swansea City||Arsenal FC||3:1||L|
|24.01.2018||EFL||Arsenal FC||Chelsea FC||2:1||W|
|20.01.2018||Prem||Arsenal FC||Crystal Palace||4:1||W|
|14.01.2018||Prem||Bournemouth AFC||Arsenal FC||2:1||L|
|10.01.2018||EFL||Chelsea FC||Arsenal FC||0:0||D|
While Everton can’t actually move up the table, three points would bring them further to guaranteeing their safety this season. James McCarthy broke his leg in their match with West Brom so obviously won’t feature and neither will Leighton Baines who is still injured.
Latest matches: Everton FC
|31.01.2018||Prem||Everton FC||Leicester City||2:1||W|
|20.01.2018||Prem||Everton FC||West Bromwich Albion||1:1||D|
|13.01.2018||Prem||Tottenham Hotspur||Everton FC||4:0||L|
|05.01.2018||FA C||Liverpool FC||Everton FC||2:1||L|
|01.01.2018||Prem||Everton FC||Manchester United||0:2||L|
Despite their poor performances of late, Arsenal are definitely favourites for the win at the Emirates on Saturday. Everton will defend well but ultimately, the Gunners should have too much quality going forward to overcome them.
03 February 2018 - 17:30 GMT
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