Everton Preview: Time to Prevail Over Satanball
Everton host Arsenal at Goodison Park as both sides renew what has been a difficult fixture for Mikel Arteta’s men. The Arsenal gaffer spoke about the hunger to finally get a good result against the Toffees in his pre-match press conference and I’m sure those sentiments are echoed by everyone connected with Arsenal.
In terms of form, Everton come into this game in a very dire run of form, with Sean Dyche’s only victory this season coming in the Carabao Cup second round against Doncaster Rovers. Everton had failed to score in their first three Premier League games, losing all three before managing a draw against Sheffield United in their last Premier League outing.
The last time Arsenal visited Goodison Park to face Everton, they were in the trenches after a torrid time under Frank Lampard, but Sean Dyche came around with his own version of Satanball and got all three points against Arsenal. Arsenal’s last victory was in 2017, an exciting 5-2 victory with goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, players who have become part of the club’s history. Alongside Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, Arsenal are still unbeaten this season, and will be hoping to keep up with the leading pack with a victory over Everton today.
One player Arsenal will be looking to will be Gabriel Jesus, who has eight goals in nine appearances against Everton, even though all those goals came from his Manchester City days. Arsenal’s away form is also great, with the Gunners racking up 11 clean sheets from their last 20 outings. It’s usually at the Emirates that Arsenal concede all sorts of crazy goals. It’s also worth noting that Everton has failed to score at home this season, losing to Fulham and Wolves in their first two home games of the campaign.
To team news, Dwight McNeil has been on the sidelines for a while and could be in line to make his return, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is working his way back to full fitness after that nasty face injury against Fulham. Arsenal had an injury scare with Gabriel but he played 90 minutes against Peru, so I believe he’s fully fit now.
Everton and Arsenal Predicted Lineups
Everton: Pickford; Patterson, Braithwhite, Tarkowski, Young; Gueye, Doucoure, Onana, Garner, Danjuma; Beto
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Havertz, Odegaard; Martinelli, G. Jesus, Saka.
Injury / Suspension Updates
Everton: Dele Alli, Jack Harrison (hip), Seamus Coleman (knee)
Arsenal: Mo Elneny, Jurrien Timber (knee), Thomas Partey (groin)
- Last Five Games: L L L W D
- Last Result: Sheffield United 2-2 Everton (Archer 33′, Pickford OG. 45′ | Doucoure 14′, Danjuma 55′)
- Leading Goalscorer: Arnaut Danjuma (2)
- Last Five Games: W W W D W
- Last Result: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United (Odegaard 28′, Rice 96′, G. Jesus 101′ | Rashford 27′)
- Leading Goalscorer: Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard (2)
Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 win.
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