Arsenal have a chance to go above Everton into fifth place and make sure that Tottenham and West Ham remain below us in the Premier league table, but we must beat Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow to do it. Arsene Wenger will make sure all of the Gunners know that it will be far from easy, but it is imperative that we do it, as Everton will be pushing for a Champions league place at the end of the season.
“For us it’s a vital game every year. They fight at the top of the league every year. They are one of the contenders for a Champions league spot as well.
“For us, it is a period where we establish consistency. To go through with a positive result is very important.
“They are always serious, Everton, because they can give anybody a game. I don’t think that any big team in the league goes to Everton and thinks it will be a walk out there.
“I told you, I think they will be one of the contenders. They have gone through a more difficult spell as well recently. It is just down to us and the quality of our performance.”
It could be a good time for the Gunners to play Everton, as they drew their last game at Norwich and were beaten by Reading before that. They seem to be missing the presence of their captain, Phil Neville, who has had an operation, while Fellaini and Jelavic have gone off the boil a bit recently. The Arsenal summer transfer target Mirallas is also sidelined, so we have a good chance.
Arsenal need to start well and force Everton back. We would much rather see Baines and Fellaini defending than pushing forward in attack. Davis Moyes will ensure his players work hard to deny Arsenal room to settle and we must match that work rate and earn the chance to pass the ball around and create openings.