Arsenal vs. Everton: Premier League – Match Preview

The Gunners desperately need a win to keep their top four hopes alive when they host Everton in Saturday’s evening kick-off.

Arsenal were easily beaten away at Swansea during the week, with Sam Clucas scoring twice in a 3-1 victory.

They did enjoy an excellent deadline day though, convincing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to sign from Borussia Dortmund, with Mesut Ozil also extending his Arsenal contract.

Everton ended a mini slump by getting the better of Leicester at Goodison Park.

New signing Theo Walcott scored twice in the first half, with Jamie Vardy’s penalty no more than a consolation effort for the visitors.

Premier League form: Arsenal W1 D2 L2; Everton W1 D1 L3
Premier League top scorers
Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette 9 goals
Everton – Wayne Rooney 10 goals

Match history
Arsenal thrashed Everton 5-2 earlier in the season at Goodison Park, a result that brought an end to Ronald Koeman’s tenure with the Toffee’s.

Arsenal won 3-1 in the fixture on the final day of last season, however were beaten to fourth spot by Liverpool.

Last five Premier League meetings
Everton 2 Arsenal 5 – 22/10/17
Arsenal 3 Everton 1 – 21/05/17
Everton 2 Arsenal 1 – 13/12/16
Everton 0 Arsenal 2 – 19/03/16
Arsenal 2 Everton 1 – 24/10/15

Arsenal & BTTS – 21/10 with William Hill

Team news
Aubameyang’s debut is likely to be off the bench for Arsenal opposed to starting, although fellow January addition Henrik Mkhitaryan is expected to come in.

Jack Wilshere missed the defeat at Swansea through injury and is a big doubt again.

Cenk Tosun is likely to replace Oumar Niasse up front for Everton here after the latter started the mid-week win.

New addition Eliaquim Mangala may have to make do with a spot on the bench.

Expected starting XI’s
Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Ozil
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bolasie; Tosun

Predictions

Result: Arsenal (1/3 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer: Aaron Ramsey (3/1 with Betfair)

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