The European Super League turmoil might be over but the issue is still dangling. Arsenal as one of the supposedly founding clubs is believed not to be able to get away easily from UEFA’s sanction. This would be a crucial game to show that they are not under pressure. Yet, for their next contender, Everton, defeating them as one of the so-called greedy one could be another boost for their confidence. The Toffees are also in need of more points for fighting over Europa League qualification at least.
The teams’ previous matches
The Gunners were held in a 1-1 draw while hosting Fulham in their last outing. They even were one goal behind as Josh Maja gave The Cottagers a surprising lead but the late equaliser finally came as Eddie Nketiah tapped in the ball into the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Everton were involved in a tight clash against Spurs in a thrilling encounter. They could only muster a 2-2 draw at their home turf despite being able to overturn the score sheet through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace after conceding from Harry Kane. Yet, their defence made a shameful blunder and led Kane completed his brace as well as denied their possible three points.
Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 formation will not be in their best as Alexander Lacazette, Piere Aubameyang, David Luiz, Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney are all on the sidelined. The Spaniard will have to pick Gabriel Martinelli or Eddie Nketiah as the targetman who can be supported by Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka on both sides while Emile Smith Rowe are featuring the number ten role.
Meanwhile, Carlo Ancellotti should be deploying 3-5-2 again as a number of key men are still unavailable here such as Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Drocoure and Bernard plus Fabian Delph. The front two will be occupied by James Rodriguez and Richarlison. The Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson will be featuring as the attacking midfielder.
Players to watch
Without Alexander Lacazette at the front, The Gunners will be counting on Bukayo Saka as one the top performers of the season in their attack. The 19-year old versatile has bagged five goals and two assists in 27 appearances. Another notable figure to watch is Emile Smith Rowe who has provided four assists so far.
Everton’s key men on the attack will be the Colombian star, James Rodriguez who has notched up six goals and four assist this season. Some other important names in the line up are Richarlison with six goals and three assist and Gylfi Sigurdsson who also has contributed six goals and four assists.
Arsenal vs Everton Prediction
Despite the ESL issue which could give advantage to Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Everton has been winless in the last six games. This could certainly be a burden for them. Arsenal has got a similar issue, especially in their home game. Now, the chance to secure three points is even harder without any senior goalscorers. So, a draw would be a fair one for both.