Match Preview: Arsenal v Everton

Recent Meetings

22 Oct 2017 Everton 2-5 Arsenal
21 May 2017 Arsenal 3-1 Everton
13 Dec 2016 Everton 2-1 Arsenal
19 Mar 2016 Everton 0-2 Arsenal
24 Oct 2015 Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Overview

  • The last time Everton played Arsenal, the manager ended up getting sacked.
  • After the midweek win over Leicester, I don’t think Sam Allardyce has to worry just yet.
  • Theo Walcott’s double and Seamus Coleman’s instant impact on his return from long-term injury have given the club a much needed confidence boost ahead of Saturday.

The Opposition

  • As Everton’s confidence is improving, Arsenal’s is declining.
  • They have won only twice in their last 9 games in all competitions.
  • They have lost 3 times in those games – 2 against relegation contenders Bournemouth and Swansea and an FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, in which Everton loanee Kieran Dowell scored a penalty.
  • However, Arsenal have performed very well at home – they have won 15 of their 19 home games in all competitions this season.
    • 3 draws (against Red Star Belgrade, Liverpool and Chelsea).
    • 1 defeat (against Manchester United).
  • Arsenal have also scored 2+ goals in 10 of their 12 home league games this season.
  • They have also signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window.

Opposition’s Most Recent Match – Swansea 3-1 Arsenal

  • Swansea had more shots than Arsenal (12-9), the same number of shots on target (4) and came home with 3 points.
  • However, Arsenal should have gotten something out of this game:
    • They had nearly 3 times as much possession as Swansea (74%-26%).
    • More than twice of match action occurred in Swansea’s third than in Arsenal’s third (37%-16%).
    • 8 Arsenal players’ average position were in Swansea’s half, which was double the amount Swansea had in Arsenal’s half.
    • Arsenal had 27 touches in Swansea’s penalty area whereas Swansea had nearly half in Arsenal’s (14).
  • Ultimately, individual errors proved vital as Granit Xhaka and (especially) Petr Cech gifted Swansea two goals.

One To Watch

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 2017-18 Bundesliga
Games 16
Goals 13
Assists 3
Shots 58
Shots On Target 27
Shot Accuracy % 56%
Chances Created 16
Lost Possession 38

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is suffering from an illness, so there is a chance he could miss the game.

Key Stats

  • Everton have had 8 shots on target in their last 2 games – twice as many as in their previous 5 league games.
  • Everton haven’t beaten Arsenal away from home since January 1996, with Graham Stuart and Andrei Kanchelskis scoring for the Blues as they came from behind following Ian Wright’s goal to win 2-1.
    • Since their last away win, they have lost 15 of their last 19 away meetings in all competitions.
  • Everton have kept a clean sheet against Arsenal away from home only once in 29 meetings in all competitions (in April 2013).
  • Everton have beaten Arsenal only 7 times in the Premier League era.
  • Arsenal haven’t done the league double over Everton since 2011/12.
  • Everton have beaten Arsenal in February only twice in 15 meetings – a 5-0 win in the FA Cup in 1910 and a 2-1 league win in 1934.
    • They have lost 10 of those meetings, including 8 of the last 10 meetings in that month.

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