Good day one and all.
Arsenal are at the Merseyside this afternoon to take on Everton in today’s only Premier League fixture. We go into the match on the back of five wins and a draw from our last six league outings, looking for vital three points to put us in the driving seat in the race for top-four places.
This trip could be somewhat tricky though as the Toffees is one of the league’s current in-form teams with just one defeat in their last five matches (W3, D1); a very decent run that include a goalless draw vs title challengers Liverpool and having outplayed Chelsea for a 2-0 victory in their last two home fixtures. With four clean sheets in those five games to boot, the Goodison Park faithful will have cause for optimism that Marco Silva’s boys can continue their purple patch as they eye a third consecutive PL win.
With recent sizzling performances Arsenal put down their marker as favourites for one of the two available Champions League qualifying spots, if you combine it with fixtures in the run-in.
However… that caveat of our eccentric away form.
I know better than to deny the Gunners are a better team this season than they were last – 63 points already. Now while Unai Emery has certainly brought a measure of resilience, there’s still an over-reliance on home results. So with only two of our seven PL games under home comforts it is time to take that Emirates form with on our travels, because at this definitive stage of the campaign there’s no room for complacency.
This is the game in hand on both Spurs and United, so the players will know they cannot pass up the opportunity to go two and five points clear of those respective rivals in this very tight mini-league we find ourselves in.
Few selection concerns as Xhaka, Koscielny (both short of fitness) and Torreira (suspended) are not available, but with the same matchday X1 from out last outing we shouldn’t be too apprehensive.
Everton have done well recently so we can expect it to be a big test, but I back Arsenal continuing their run if we learned from our hosts last two visitors’ mistakes.