During a recent interview with Sky Sports, Arsenal manager Unai Emery claimed, in one way or another, that the Premier League is harder than La Liga. That, in itself, seems like a bizarre revelation to some – but we wholeheartedly believe in it and can completely see where he’s coming from. After all, this is a man who has managed in both and therefore has a fairly good perspective on something that, for the longest time, fans have been heavily debating.
Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday, and it seems the season has taken a full turn to a promising one. This game is the Gunners’ fourth success in a row after suffering two defeats at the start of the Premier League, and it needs to be said that those defeats happened at the hands of two excellent teams.
The game was won thanks to two strikes from Arsenal’s two most potent attacking players in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but giving a few details a better look, unimportant though they may seem, reveals that some old problems still haven’t been dealt with. Even though Lacazette and Aubameyang did their job upfront and scored the goals, the indisputable fact that the best performer in the team was actually Petr Cech is pretty telling.
The above title may be strange to say, but Arsenal’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal was not all positive. The Gunners eventually earned the victory, but for periods of the encounter with the Toffees, mainly the first half, the team from north London looked poor and disjointed.
Here are a few positives I suggest that Arsenal will take from the game:
Life still left in Petr Cech
It would be fair to say that Arsenal may have been going in at half time behind if it were not for the veteran goalkeeper. Cech kept out efforts by Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to keep the scores level.
There were some nerves heading into Arsenal’s game against Everton at the weekend, which is to be expected given the run they’ve been on as of late. Alas, some fans continue to insist on putting pressure onto the shoulders of the players and management, so it was nice to see that the Gunners answered those calls with a 2-0 victory over the Toffees at the weekend. It certainly wasn’t simple and there were issues littered throughout the squad, but a win is a win – and a clean sheet is a clean sheet.
Arsenal and Everton are two of the longest serving clubs in the top-flight of English football. Arsenal have been ever-present in the top-flight in the post-war years, while only Manchester United have spent more seasons in the English top division than Everton, other than the Gunners of course.
However, recent history has been kinder to the Gunners than the Merseysiders, who have struggled to keep up with the teams now known as ‘the big six’.
Everton Arsenal’s favourite Premier League opponent
Recent history between the two teams has also favoured the team from north London, as Everton have been the Gunners favourite opponent in the Premier League era.
Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as the Gunners to make it four wins in a row in the top-flight.
Arsenal recorded a 4-2 win over Vorskla in the Europa League to make it four straight wins in all competitions after a poor start to their campaign. Last time out in the Premier League Unai Emery’s team recorded a 2-1 win at struggling Newcastle.
The home sides recent run of form has been powered by their attacking play, as Emery’s side have now scored at least two goals in all four of those four straight wins.
Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno made his first start for the Gunners on Thursday night in a 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. The German started in place of usual first-choice Petr Cech and Gunners boss Unai Emery has stated he will play again in the next few matches.
The Spaniard stated that he did not feel that Leno was responsible for either of the visitor’s goals. That means he could start against Everton on Sunday or against Brentford in the League Cup next
Every team wants to be playing Champions League football. If they try and claim that they don’t then they’re lying to themselves, because being able to compete amongst the best clubs from around the continent – and the world – should always be viewed as a privilege. Of course, the qualifiers allow for all different kinds of teams to edge their way through to the group stages and beyond, but here in England, it’s a little bit trickier to ensure that you get the chance to show what you’re made of in the competition.
As you probably know already, Arsenal beat Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday by 1-2, courtesy of a spectacular free-kick by Granit Xhaka and a cool finish by Mesut Ozil. After defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea in the two opening games, West Ham, Cardiff City, and now Newcastle have fallen in a row. But this game had some nice surprises in store in terms of individual performances.
Arsenal have now recorded three straight Premier League victories after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James Park. The win moved the Gunners up to seventh place in the top-flight table.
The victory gives the north London side a chance of building some momentum for the season, especially as they have a favourable run of games coming up.
Nothing like momentum to light up a season
Momentum is a strange tanginess factor for football teams. Sometimes momentum can make teams seasons. They can be on a terrible run of form and then they record a win and suddenly they are on fire.