Three keys to Arsenal getting all three points against Everton by SE
Wenger’s men travel to Goodison Park on the second weekend of the 2014/15 Premier League season, as they plot revenge for that 3-0 reverse they suffered in April. However, if they are to reign supreme at the end of 90 minutes – and pull off a potential six-pointer – here are the three key aspects they need to concentrate on:
Don’t concede an early goal
Being an away side, it is academic that you need to be a little circumspect and not fall behind the 8-ball early on in the game. Conceding early goals can raise the pressure on you even more, and Arsenal wouldn’t want to make it cumbersome for themselves by chasing the game.
Keep it tight at the back, and defend well for the 90 minutes. Big games are not won by outscoring your opponents; its diligent defending that will do it for you.
Crystal Palace game last weekend was a classic example of how Arsenal got frustrated, over time, and the effect it had on their, otherwise, slick passing and incisive movement.
The Gunners need to show big match temperament, and just wait for a sniff or two. Everton, having relinquished their 1-goal lead twice during their draw against Leicester, looked a bit shaky defensively, and Arsenal need to wait for their moment of magic.
Play Campbell or Chamberlain on the wings and Sanchez as No.9
Surely Wenger needs to introspect himself, and assess what Giroud is rendering Arsenal. The French striker has looked woefully out of touch, and Arsenal aren’t benefitting from his profligacy. And, by playing Sanchez as No.9, Wenger doesn’t tinker with his system or style of play one bit. It’s just about filling different areas of the pitch with different personnel. Campbell and Chamberlain are due for their opportunities, and let’s get it straight: non-performances don’t warrant a regular starting berth.
I wouldn’t play Sanogo, either, instead of Giroud. Everton will not make it easy for Arsenal’s strikers, irrespective of who leads the line, and you want the industry of Sanchez to pose some questions for that Everton backline.
Arsenal are a great price of 13/8 to win this game and could be the first money-maker for Arsenal fans this season. Before you place a bet though check out bettingappstore.co.uk to see all the best betting apps reviewed. You must have your fingers crossed that Wenger would have learnt from last season’s failures, and just puts the aforementioned aspects in his players’ ears.
Defend, be patient, and play Sanchez up top!