Preview - Arsenal vs Everton Feb 4 2018

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Match Day 26
Arsenal vs. Everton
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: L W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (9)

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match: 1.1
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

Two sides jam packed with potential, who will be each be a little disappointed with how the season has gone so far lock horns at the Emirates in what looks to be the pick of Saturday's encounters. Arsenal simply must continue to win their home games if they are to have any prospect of a top four finish this season, but can they see off this improved Everton side?

Disgruntled Arsenal fans will no doubt have been less than delighted to see Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United, but overall we don't think the Gunners have come out of the January window too badly. Makeweight in that deal Henrikh Mikhitaryan is an effective player at this level, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang possesses all the tools to make a big impact in the division- although he may not be ready for this game.

Love him or hate him, Sam Allardyce has a solid record managing in the Premier League, and has turned around Everton's fortunes to such an extent that they now sit comfortably in the top half of the League. One of the big stories here will of course be the return of Theo Walcott to his former stamping ground. He has certainly made an encouraging start to life on Merseyside, bagging a brace in midweek to see his side past Leicester. That win arrested something of a mini-slump for the Evertonians, and whilst they will be keen to build on that, they may find it tough going here, having only won once on the road this term.

With the presence of Theo Walcott and possibly Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the line-up, Everton certainly have the pace to trouble a vulnerable Arsenal back four on the counter attack, and we see the Toffees at least getting on the scoresheet. Overall though, we fancy the Gunners will have too much fire power at the other end and may ultimately come out on top in what could be a cracker.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Everton


Half time: 4 - 0
Full time: 5 - 1
Shots: 15 - 11
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 58% - 42%

Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny picked up bookings for the home side, whilst the Everton team managed to keep out of the referee notebook.

A deserved success for Arsenal on the stats and they were certainly more ruthless than is often the case, converting seven shots on target into five goals.

Arsenal aren't the most consistent of the top six, but are as good as anyone to watch when they were on song. They were simply irresistible in the first half here, as they tore into a shell shocked Everton side.

Aaron Ramsey opened the floodgates with a drive into the bottom corner after just six minutes, with Laurent Koscielny quickly doubling the home sides advantage. With Ramsey adding a third on 19 minutes, this match was over almost before it had begun.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang had a solid debut - although he benefitted from a favourable offside decision for his goal - which sent his side into the break four goals to the good. Henrikh Mikhitaryan was outstanding with three assists, looking as though he will fit seamlessly into this Arsenal side.

Everton did improve markedly in the second half - but then it would have been hard not to - and got on the scoresheet themselves when Dominic Calvert-Lewin got his head to a Cuco Martina cross. That was a case of too little to late though and the Gunners restored their four goal cushion as Aaron Ramsey completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute.
Arsenal sit just three points off fourth place after this result, although Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are yet to play this weekend.
Everton remain relatively comfortable in 10th but will be looking to bounce back swiftly from this mauling.

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