This game tonight between Everton and Arsenal looks like a no-brainer, with Arsenal unbeaten in the Premier League or the Champions League since the opening game of the season, while the Toffees have won just one game in their last 11. But this is the Premiership and we have to accept that anything can happen, or could have happened in previous seasons. This year I think Arsenal are a different proposition and they look set to win yet again before their massive clash with Man City at the Etihad next weekend.
Certainly the Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, doesn’t feel that his team can improve until he brings in some more players to the club in January, or even next summer. He said after the Toffees latest defeat, 3-2 against Watford: “These are not the results we like to have but we have to accept it and we know the Premier League is difficult.
“The Premier League is not always about football qualities, it is about physically, second balls, and in that aspect the team is too weak at the moment and we have many difficulties against teams like this who play really direct and are aggressive.
“We have different players and they have different qualities and in that aspect we need to improve and need to do better because that is what you need in the Premier League.
“That is the big concern, you can’t change that in two weeks, you need time for that, you need January.
“You need the next summer and that is my job, to improve the team and to change what we need in the team and we need better balance in the team.
“We need more physicality in our team. That’s the Premier League. Or you have world-class players and that’s the difference.”
So it sounds like he has no confidence at all in his players, and that is hardly going to inspire them to battle hard against the Gunners this evening. I think we should just sit back and watch the show as Arsenal move back to the top of the League, and put more pressure on Chelsea who play tomorrow….
Onwards and Upwards!