Premier League: Arsenal vs Everton preview

Arsenal are looking for yet another home victory to bounce back from a terrible away performance when they meet Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. The reverse fixture was a spectacular one, Arsenal won it 5-2 with goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and new Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez. Everton have won just one of the last six direct meetings, at Goodison Park, and lost all the other five matches. The last time they avoided defeat at the Emirates Stadium was in 2013, when they secured a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal produced another dismal away performance in midweek and got hammered 3-1 at relegation contenders Swansea. In fact, only Manchester City have grabbed more points at home than Arsenal this season, but when it comes to away matches the Gunners would be in ninth place in the Premier League table. New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut from the bench at Swansea but his performance was good and he might be given a starting berth here. Deadline-day signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could start on the bench, while Jack Wilshere might miss out once again as he is short on fitness.

Everton finally ended a poor run of seven games without victory as they secured a 2-1 win over Leicester City in midweek. That result consolidates their ninth place in the league table but they can't hope for European qualification as fifth-placed Tottenham are 17 points ahead. Seamus Coleman made his return from injury in midweek and he played the whole 90 minutes, a remarkable achievement from a player that has recovered from a broken leg. Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg are all injured and are expected to miss out.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal: Cech - Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal - Ramsey, Elneny, Xhaka - Mkhitaryan, Ozil - Lacazette

Everton: Pickford - Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina - Gueye, Schneiderlin - Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bolasie - Tosun

My prediction: Arsenal to win 3-1.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Arsenal win - 1.33
Draw - 5.50
Everton win - 11.00

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Someone said that Wenger already drawn out more from Mkhitaryan than Mourinho for the whole spell of Armenian in could be right I must say but that's not a surprise, Morinho is famous for not seeing the talent and De Bruyne and Salah were the previous examples of that.
    Everton were just awful in this game and Big Sam should firstly look at himself before criticising his players because the manager is always the most influential figure and those who set up the tactics and players minds if you will.

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