The chaotic nature of the December schedule means that Arsenal will be getting right back down to business tomorrow with a huge game against Everton at Goodison Park. These two clubs have been battling it out for years in the top flight, and in the present day, both teams are in pretty interesting positions.
With the games continuing to come thick and fast between now and the new year it’ll certainly be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta decide to set up for this one.
While Everton may have gone on a poor run of form since they started the Premier League campaign so brightly, it does feel like they’re starting to get their mojo back after nice wins over top four contenders Chelsea and Leicester. There’s still a long way to go before Ancelotti can transform this into a team he can consistently be proud of, but they’re much closer now than they have been in the last few years. Who knows, maybe in the next half decade or so they’ll be able to start challenging rivals Liverpool in the title race.
Arsenal just need a Premier League win and at this stage of proceedings, it doesn’t really matter how they get it. Mikel Arteta can probably get away with a hard fought draw here but if they lose, his former club could be the ones to get him the sack. There are obviously more than a few ifs and buts in there and the most important aspect in this encounter will be seeing whether or not the players are really fighting for their manager. Everyone just wants to see some drive and determination and if that is in short supply, the Gunners really do have a problem on their hands.
This is going to be a really tricky one, but somewhat against our better judgement, we’re going to predict an Arsenal victory. We just think they’ll have enough in the tank to push Everton back and really control the narrative of the game, and that’ll probably come through an early goal.
Our official scoreline prediction is 2-0 and even though it’d be easier to take a gloom and doom approach, we don’t think that’s the right direction for the fanbase to go in. Arteta’s tenure could be hanging on by a thread if things go wrong on Saturday, so let’s try and get behind the boys.
Can Arsenal overcome the odds against Everton?