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Everton vs Arsenal: Match Preview
Everton vs Arsenal (Goodison Park, kick-off: 17.30 BST/12.30 PM ET/9.30 AM PT)
Arsenal will visit Goodison Park as they take on hosts Everton in the second week of the Premier League. It’s a tough away trip for Arsenal against an Everton side that will be hoping to break into the top four this season. Both teams strengthened their squad over the summer with The Gunners adding Alexis Sanchez to their arsenal (no pun intended) among other signings while Everton broke their transfer record in securing a permanent deal for Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. The two sides though had differing results last weekend as Everton was held to a 2-2 draw by Premier League new boys Leicester City, while Arsenal overcame a resilient Crystal Palace by two goals to one. The Toffees will be hoping for a better result in front of their home crowd while Arsenal will be hoping for an improvement in attack after they were held by a goalless draw against Besiktas in the Champions League.
- Doubtful: none
- Out: Ross Barkley (knee), Bryan Oviedo (broken leg)
A blow for Everton as Ross Barkley succumbed to a knee injury during training just before the Leicester game, and will likely be absent for at least eight weeks. Bryan Oviedo is still recovering from a broken leg he sustained last January.
- Doubtful: Yaya Sanogo (hamstring)
- Out: Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (ankle), David Ospina (thigh), Abou Diaby (hip), Theo Walcott (knee), Serge Gnabry (knock), Ryo Miyaichi (knock)
It’s quite a lengthy absentee list for Arsenal this early in the season, however World Cup winning trio of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil, and Lukas Podolski is in contention to make their return after given an extended break following their World Cup participation.
HEAD TO HEAD
Games played: 44 (Arsenal win 26, Everton win 6, draw 12)
Everton does not have the best of record against Arsenal, though they did beat The Gunners 3-0 last season at Goodison Park. In the other two meetings last season, Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at The Emirates while winning their FA Cup tie 4-1 (also at The Emirates).
Everton’s 7-0 defeat to Arsenal in Higbury back in 2005 is Everton’s heaviest defeat in the Premier League.
Everton 1 – Arsenal 1
Despite the record, games against Everton are never easy. Both managers will have to deal with key absentees while several squad members are still suffering from the World Cup hangover. Expect attacking football from both sides but goals might be a little hard to come by.