Arsenal vs Everton Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ
After a shocking performance in the mid-week Champions League tie, Wenger has to once again revitalise the team’s confidence to get an important home win in the fight for a place in the top 4.
The performance against Monaco was a low blow for all Arsenal fans. We were expecting something far more promising, something that would indicate progress and yet it feels like we are back to square one again. Everton on the other hand have had a torrid season altogether at the hands of a poor managerial performance by Roberto Martinez. They have little confidence in the Premier League.
We will need to start the game strongly as we usually do but we will need to get that early goal to assert our dominance or we’ll be lulled into a false sense of security like we did against Monaco. Once we get that early goal, the confidence amongst the players will be justified and there’s always something to hold onto if we struggle to retain possession (which we shouldn’t at the Emirates).
Predicted Line up:
Bellerin – Gabriel – Koscielny – Monreal
Alexis – Cazorla – Chamberlain – Ozil
The team has to be changed up a bit from the mid-week game.
Szczesny has to start now after that poor performance by Ospina. Hopefully he’s learnt his lesson.
Gabriel over Mertesacker as he had a shocker and I’m interested to see the dynamic between Gabriel and Koscielny.
Monreal over Gibbs as he’ll work better against Everton’s slower set up.
Chamberlain has to start as he’ll act as a third midfielder which will prevent Cazorla from being overran in the middle of the park.
Ozil will need to play on the left predominantly and his performance will probably be sacrificed for the good of the team in this instance.
Welbeck over Giroud as I expect us to be playing a lot on the counter but Giroud can also start if we take a more possession based approach.
I expect us to win 3 – 1 and get back to winning ways.