We’ve finally arrived at the final game of the Premier League season and the majority of Arsenal fans will say that it feels pretty bittersweet. While some real improvements have been made within the core of this squad over the last nine months, that can’t erase the fact that the top four race is no longer in the Gunners’ hands.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the clash with Everton on Sunday and what to expect.
Arsenal’s defeats to Tottenham and Newcastle have cost them fourth spot, at least for the time being, meaning they head into the game two points behind Spurs. They need to hope, as a result of their inferior goal difference, that Tottenham lose to Norwich and Arsenal beat Everton. Given how they’ve played in recent weeks, it’d be an almighty effort from all parties involved.
Everton are pretty much on the beach as a result of their comeback win over Crystal Palace during the week. They’ll be staying in the Premier League for at least one more season and we really don’t think they’re going to do a whole lot to trouble the hosts at the Emirates. Sure, they may wind up playing with even more style and freedom, but in reality the game is there for the taking for Mikel Arteta’s men.
We expect to see a nervous opening 15 minutes or so followed by a match that should really be dominated by Arsenal. If they can jump out into a lead within the first half hour, it’ll pile the pressure onto the shoulders of Tottenham to ensure they try and rubber stamp the top four. We’re going for a 3-0 Gunners result, but we don’t think the Canaries will do us a big enough favour – although, we can pray.
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