Arsenal vs Everton: Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti have exciting projects going on at Arsenal and Everton. Both of them are very significant in terms of the ambition the owners have for thier clubs. However, both of them are not where they want to be in the Premier League table.
Currently, the Gunners are at 9th in the table with 46 points and Everton are 8th with 49 points but a game in hand. Arsenal would ideally want to push for a place in the top four. However, right even the Europa League qualification looks difficult. While the Toffees would also want to push for a place for European football.`
There is no better way of qualifying for European football than taking away points from your direct rival. However, history hasn’t favoured Everton in this fixture. Arsenal are unbeaten in thier previous 24 home games against the Toffees. But if Carlo Ancelotti’s side win this one it will be their first league double over Arsenal since 1985-86 season.
Analysis: Arsenal vs Everton
Counter attacking football is likely to be the key in this game. Arsenal are likely to be set up in a way that will make life difficult for Everton in possession. The Toffees are also likely to do the same as well. But under Mikel Arteta, we have seen how comfortable Gunners are in sitting back and defending.
They will press Everton very hard and as soon the Toffees make a mistake they will try to pounce upon it. While Carlo Ancelotti’s side will also try to do something similar. The teams that have been managed by the Italian have often excelled by playing counter-attacking football.
However this pressing is likely to be more intense in the first half of the game. As the game will go by the intensity will drop. During that part of the game, swtiching of play will be the key. Both teams will try to get the ball to wide areas where thier wingers will run at each other defenders and try to make something happen.
When and Where
Arsenal will host Everton at Emirates Stadium on 24th April 2021 at 12:30 AM IST.
Team News and Starting Line-Up
Mikel Arteta will be without his captain Aubameyang and his partner in crime Alexandre Lacazette. Martin Odegaard is also a doubt for the game. While the defensive duo of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney remain sidelined.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Abdoulaye Doucoure are the only two players that aren’t available for this game.
Head to Head Statistics: Arsenal vs Everton
This will be a historic game for both teams. The Gunners and the Toffees are set to face each other for the 200th time in the Premier League. While overall they have played 216 times against each other. Arsenal has won 108 times, Everton has won 62 times and 46 games have been drawn between the two sides.
Arsenal: Bukayo Saka
The youngster has been one of the best players for Mikel Arteta this season. He has 1.4 key dribbles per game and 1.3 key passes per game this season. Not only this he contributes to the defence as well. This season he has 0.9 tackles per game and 0.8 interceptions per game.
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
The Englishman has been in the form of his life this season. He has so far scored 14 goals in the Premier League. Calvert Lewin has a very high shot per game ratio of 2.4 per game. With such a high shot per game, he is likely to be the source of goal for Everton.
The 12th Man Prediction: Arsenal 1: 1 Everton
Both teams will find it hard to score a goal but given thier quality they will find a way. It is likely to end in a 1-1 draw.