It’s a welcome return to the Emirates for the Gunners on Sunday. After two straight victories away from home, against Cardiff and Newcastle respectively. Currently positioned in 7th position after five games, the boys in red will be looking to build on their good form and continue to make a climb up the Premier League table.
The opponents, Everton, come into this game off the back of a damaging 3-1 defeat against West Ham at Goodison Park. However, they can look forward to the return of winger Richarlison after his suspension. Richarlison could be the star man for the Toffee’s this weekend with his ability to exploit wide areas and score goals when needed. Working well under manager, Marco Silva, the Brazilian built up some scintillating form before his red card against Bournemouth, similar to that of when the pair matched up at Watford. If ever there was a man that knows how to use the Brazillian against Arsenal, it is Marco.
Arsenal will also have to watch out for their Ex-player, Theo Walcott. Situated on the opposite flank to Richarlison, Walcott has been similarly effective, securing himself an assist and two goals, more than any single Arsenal player has managed so far this season. His pace and experience could be a worry for the Gunners as he looks to get beyond his ex-teammate Nacho Monreal and stretches the play for Everton, in just the way that Arsenal have struggled against this season.
Unai Emery’s squad do also pose a threat and not just in the usual way. With the midfield duo of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira looking more and more promising, there could be an air of stability in the Arsenal midfield for the first time in a while. With the tenacious Torreira assisting Xhaka in his defence roles, the creatives of Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey can be left to roam, as the former did against Newcastle.
However, the Gunners also saw the value of Xhaka in attack against the Geordies. Scoring and providing the vital pass that led to the second, Granit pushed up well to boost attacks. It is this that could allow Arsenal to overload Everton on the edge of their box, and with the intricate play that Arsenal are capable of executing, they could find space in and around the area in order to get the ball to lethal pair, Lacazette and Aubameyang.
Arsenal: Čech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka, Özil; Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Everton: Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne; Davies, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Tosun, Walcott.
Arsenal 2 -0 Everton