Preview: Everton vs Arsenal

By Randy Osae


Goodison Park

Both Arsenal and Everton can reflect on relentless toils given on some strenuous travels in the past fortnight or two.

Arsenal dealt with resurgent ambiances at minors Hull and Cardiff cities while in the Toffee’s case, it was epic Merseyside derbies at hand. Neither side return rattled from those treks and now a test of who has more exertion left in them will be in the offing at Goodison Park.

Proving points in every single game has become Arsene Wenger’s men’s orthodoxy ever since glitches began to mark on their title credentials.

If anything, this is the time to display the tireless character of a team capable of keeping up with the aces.

Beware; this match-up is no foregone conclusion – when there are scarcely any in this tough campaign. David Moyes’ men are well equipped to not just put the Gunners’ title mount on trial but sink them into farther burdens too. Everton lie just behind Arsenal at sixth on the table and causing Wenger’s men to succumb on Wednesday night could see them get within reach of leapfrogging.

Thankfully, there is a reason to sight an Arsenal success at the North-West. Since a lately inflicted 1-0 defeat in this fixture during the closing stages of the 2006/07 campaign, Arsenal have put in a class act every time they show up against the Toffees. All the latest three confrontations have been decided in the Gunners’ favor, with last season’s corresponding fixture and October’s meeting at the Emirates resulting in staggering second-half comebacks – 4-1 and 3-1 respectively.

To state it simply, Arsenal do have a prolific record against Everton. But many may bet Wednesday’s battle will be nip and tuck.

Wenger’s side is targeting a league double over Everton in this trip, but mind you, Goodison Park has been unkind ever since Ashley Young notched a cruel injury-time winner for Villa some weeks back. Not a single goal has gone past Moyes’ men at their ground since, and neither has an opposition left there with three cheers.

Gallas will be available for selection to play his first game of 2009 while Clichy returns from suspension, but Silvestre, Fabregas, Walcott, Eduardo and Rosicky remain on lay-off.


6 comments on “Preview: Everton vs Arsenal

  1. Everton worries me a few reasons.
    1-They put in two good performances against Liverpool and came out unscathed, so they will have confidence at home Wednesday
    2-The Arteta and Cahill connection. Arteta wips in convincing crosses and free-kicks. And Cahill, and sometimes even Lescott get on the end of them quite often. And we all know that the squad gives up a lot of cheap free kicks and that our D is weak in the air.

    But, on the other hand, we have performed well against them in the recent past and should do the same tomorrow. Plus, Gallas and Toure should be back in the Middle of D.


  2. I’m frankly not confident at all going into this game. A win is a must but reality is against us.

  3. Randy, I feel the same way too. Not just optimistic about this game and I believe this game may eventually decided our season aspirations(title or cl spot).

    However, I have faith in our boys because they know what time it is.

  4. GUNNERTOM in responce to your comment about arsenal giving away cheap free kicks thats denilson and djourou
    if you guys keep saying were gonna lose than we are gonna lose
    lighten up
    have faith look on the bright side
    if we can win this game then maybe we can build momentum were on a 9 game unbeaten streak
    we beat them before and we can beat them agian

  5. Golgi, I’m sure we all want arsenal to win, but we also have to be realistic @ the same time.

  6. where is the live feed i can find one

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