@LaboGoon opens up the wrap this morning
After a slow start to the season Arsenal recovered well to now have four victories on the bounce in all competitions; and it’s off the back of that form that we host Everton at the Emirates this afternoon to cap off another great weekend of Premier League action that saw a few teams around us on the log drop points.
Good day one and all…
No disrespect to any of the last four teams (including Vorskla) we played but they were always going to offer us less of challenge than Man City and Chelsea in the first two fixtures, thus Unai Emery had the opportunity to use these games to iron out some creases as he work toward finding a balanced team.
Scoring twelve goals in that four games gives us reason to be pleased with our attack, failure to register any clean sheet however has been less distinguished. Unai himself highlighted it as an area of “disappointment” and hinted at tightening things up because he’s aware that the current sloppiness could catch up on us soon if we don’t nip in the bud, especially against opposition who are a bit more than just decent. A category I believe our visitors fall under.
The Toffees have their own story to tell as far as being too exposed defensively and their own failure to keep clean sheets. Their record away from Goodison isn’t better reading as they have won just three of their last 29 PL games on their travels.
Whether or not that make them ripe for the harvesting of goals for both Lacazette and Aubameyang will be answered this afternoon. Two players who will be key today in our quest to bag the points on offer. Auba is slowly getting his mojo back and Laca should be well rested as he looked very relaxed as an unused sub Thursday night. Lucas Torreira was impressive in his first start and Alex Iwobi looked like man reborn. Which leave Unai with a few headache selections for today.
Everton will be looking at Richarlison to be their source of inspiration, as he make his return from a three match ban, because they don’t have a particularly good record against us. We have beaten them in seven of our last eight meetings.
Despite their defensive failings Everton are playing better football under Marco Silva than in recent years though, and with both teams so willing to commit attackers forward this could be a very open and entertaining game with end to end action.
Historically this fixture brings goals… many goals. Last season we scored five against them in both victories. So fingers crossed for more of that.