Everton v Arsenal: El Preview

After the disappointing draw to Aston Villa on the weekend, today we’re in the Merseyside at Goodison Park to take on high flying Everton. We need to win this game, without a shadow of a doubt, to ensure we gain some ground… for the moment, just don’t look at the table, it’s too worrying…

We have Rosicky back in training, although not match fit, he will help the team when he’s back. It will be good to be able to rest Cazorla once in a while, that’s for sure. The injury news ahead of tonight’s game is Diaby (thigh), Santos (abdominal), Rosicky (match fitness), Fabianski (ankle).

Therefore, I think it makes a lot of sense that the line up we’ll see tonight will be:


Sagna – Mertersacker – Koscielny – Vermaelen (c)

Arteta – Wilshere

Gervinho – Cazorla – Podolski


With Walcott recovering / recovered, and Oxlade hugely unimpressive in the last game, Gervinho will most likely get the nod on the right of midfield. It will be good to see him start on the wing for a game. Although a lot of people think he’s a headless chicken, I prefer him on the wing than up front, that’s for sure.

The bench could be: Mannone, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin, Walcott, Oxlade and Arshavin.

Arsene was full of praise for David Moyes and predicted that they will be up there in contention with us for the coveted fourth spot…

At the beginning of the season, they were winning game after game and I still believe they will be one of the contenders for fourth. However, at the same time, the season is long. Everton have already shown that they can beat teams like Man United at home but they drew against Norwich over the weekend as well. So it’s very difficult to predict but I do feel they will be one of the contenders.

Today is surely a battle for 4th (not the war, just the battle)…

Yes we need to be fighting for a high league position, but realistically, we’re way off that at the moment, so it comes down to the game in front of us. We need to win tonight, and that’s that. It doesn’t matter about the league, it matters about today’s game. Simple as.

Til tomorrow, come on you reds!

  • Gervs

    Gervinho is back and it’s time he had a good game.
    He’s got so much talent, but he’s bit a little bit over all the place!

  • Arsefan

    Spot on with the line up – although Walcott starts and Ramsey replaces Podolski.

  • alex

    Absolutely shocking, not a single effort on goal 2nd half. Get used to it kids… this is what we’ve become. Mid-table cloggers battling for ours lives for a draw.

  • cerd

    My god, the quality of football really is now at a level with watching England. I go into every game hoping for better, hoping for a reaction, there’s a 20 minute spell that looks promising, score a goal, and then watch 70 minutes of the most boring, sideways crap before giving the ball away carelessly and giving away a clear scoring chance at the other end. The substitutions are just as mind numbing as well – young Francis Coquelin for his customary 3 minute cameo, the utterly, utterly shite forehead introduced for one of our ‘jaded’ new signings.

    The best bit is that we’ve got the old fashioned English carthorse centre-forward up top as well – fuck me if that wasn’t a modern day Kerry Dixon or Mark Hateley lumbering around up there tonight. Now I’m sure my old mate Daryl and the rest of Le Chapman’s fan club will be along to defend him but please on this one occasion do not come up with the throwaway line that ‘he put in a decent shift’…….err, no he fucking did not. I watched our new goalscoring machine intently tonight, hiding behind the centre half when the chance of a through ball was on, falling over in possession on countless occasions, flick ons to non existent strike partners, balls bouncing off his shins with customary grace and the crowning glory comedy moment when he finally got into a goalscoring position of whacking it into his own face whilst off balance. There will be other days when you get to have your Giroud love-in moments on his way to the grand total of 10-12 league goals, but in big away games the fella will continue to prove what he undoubtedly is – an average, old fashioned target man. Still, at least he reminds me of how much I liked the green and blue away kit vintage of 82/83

  • German

    Agree, rubbish.

    We were never going to win that game. We were lucky not to lose.

    God knows if we’ll get into the top four at the end of the season.
    We’ll be lucky if we do.

  • limet

    These days, we are looking at fourth place rather than being interested
    in the title race. In the build-up to this game Arsène Wenger trumpeted
    last season’s third place finish as a fantastic triumph, on a par with
    the Invincibles season. I have to admit to having little interest in the
    fortunes of the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea these days. Times have
    changed, eh? Such is the nature of decline.

  • Berth

    Wenger’s mediocrity is well becoming apparent. He clearly has lost focus. His forcing the club to accept that if he gives us sheet we should accept because there is no other option – that sounds dictatorship and control to me

  • Berth