Big Match Preview - Everton vs Arsenal 22 Oct

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Everton vs Arsenal
22 Oct, Sunday, 8:30pm

Big Match Preview:

Everton are undoubtedly Arsenal's favourite opponents. The Gunners have beaten the Merseysiders 94 times in top-flight flight, more times than any other club has beaten another! There's been a slight shift of momentum though. Everton have won two of the last four meetings here at Goodison Park, having failed to win any of the previous six.

Everton are struggling to get going and that has heaped a huge chunk of pressure on Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has spent heavily in this summer, acquiring the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen, as they looked to build on the seventh-place finish last season.

Already, Everton have already lost as many home league games this term as they did last term.

Everton have already lost as many league games at Goodison Park this term as they did in the whole of Koeman's first season at the club.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are still craving for their first away victory. They have lost three on the road, including last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Watford. Hopefully, a win here will be the perfect birthday present for Arsene Wenger, who celebrates his 68th birthday.

Both teams were in Europa League action on Thursday. Arsenal won their third straight group match, while Everton are on the brink of an exit after a 2-1 defeat to Lyon.

Big Team news:
Only Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny were retained from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Watford as the Gunners won in Belgrade. There was a return for Mathieu Debuchy, the fullback who started his first game in 11 months.

Rooney was rested for the Lyon loss, and will be expected to make a return. Yannick Bolaise, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman are long-term absentees.

Big Stats:
Big Stat 1: Petr Cech has not saved any of the last 18 penalties he faced
Big Stat 2: There has been a red card in three of the last four EPL meetings between these two clubs
Big Stat 3: Wayne Rooney scored his first EPL goal against Arsenal. That was back in October 2002.

Fastgoal's prediction: Everton 1-2 Arsenal


Match Stats:

  • Everton 2-5 Arsenal
  • Shots: 8-30
  • Possession: 33%-67%
  • Corner kicks: 0-7

Five different scorers struck for Arsenal as they beat 10-man Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park.

Everton took the lead on 12 minutes when Wayne Rooney curled past Petr Cech from outside the penalty area.

But Nacho Monreal levelled before half-time after Jordan Pickford parried Granit Xhaka's strike into his path.

Alexis Sanchez picked out Mesut Ozil to head Arsenal into a 53rd-minute lead, and then Everton's Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Ozil teed up Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal's third before Aaron Ramsey made it 4-1 on 90 minutes.

Oumar Niasse scored for Everton in stoppage time, before Sanchez completed the goal flurry.

Arsenal move to fifth with their first away win of 2017/18. Everton have slipped into the bottom three.

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