Tag Archives: Everton

Why Arsenal tactics work so well against weaker teams

How fitness can affect football games by KJ

I noticed something on Saturday that was rather surprising (and I’m not talking about our defending). It was Everton’s fitness levels. They were struggling massively after the 80th minute and the only real reason we scored was because they had entirely switched off at that point. I’m sure if the match had lasted 5 minutes longer, we would’ve ended up winners.

I wanted to address fitness and how it affects football matches. Everton is one example but another is the game against Besiktas. They failed to capitalise when we went a man down simply because they were too tired at that point and if anything, we looked more likely to score.

Three POSITIVES from Arsenal’s draw at Everton

Arsenal: Three positives from the draw against Everton by SE

For a very brief period on Saturday, Arsenal were keeping their skeptics happy. But, when Kevin Friend blew his final whistle, Wenger’s men would have felt content and encouraged by the attitude they showed, to leave Goodison Park with a well-earned point. However, looking back on the game, what are the three positives that Arsenal can take from salvaging a draw against Everton?

Arsenal should keep Alexis as the main striker?

Sanchez should be deployed as Arsenal’s striker in big games by SE

Giroud was misfiring; Sanogo, post his performance against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, went off the boil, and Arsenal desperately needed someone with an identity to lead the line for them. Subsequently, Sanchez was next in line to play as a striker. And, the most conspicuous aspect of all was the timing of such an innovation from Wenger, who, before the match against Everton, wasn’t expected to spring in a surprise.

Everton v Arsenal Player Ratings – sub Giroud MOTM

Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal, Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy today and was pretty cocky on the ball which meant he cut it close with a few decisions.

Debuchy – 5
He was poor all game and was absolutely destroyed by Mirallas. He didn’t have much support in attack and was constantly under pressure. He will need to improve sharply over the next few games.

Chambers – 6
He was good on the ball but his off the ball decisions were more than questionable. He clattered into Everton players more than once and didn’t sheppard Lukaku when he had passed Mertesacker (by fouling him). He’ll learn from that mistake though.

Arsenal need to relax and play without fear against Everton

Winning or Losing against Everton won’t be the end of the world for Arsenal by SE

Arsenal are travelling to Goodison Park today, and without a shadow of a doubt it is one of the marquee clashes of the season. Arsenal would want to continue what has been a decent start to the season, and build momentum with each and every passing weekend. Their side looks well balanced – and the returning German trio of Mertesacker, Ozil and Podolski – will reinforce the Gunners that much more.

Everton v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Everton vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

Last time we faced Everton, we were embarrassed. Martinez set up to exploit our weaknesses and ensured that the likes of Monreal and Sagna were destroyed. This time should be different. The team is a lot stronger than the one that was at Everton last time and confidence is higher (even though we struggled against Besiktas).

Even then, Everton away is definitely one of the hardest games of the season and we Wenger will have to manage the team so that we can get the result against Everton as well as having enough energy to beat Besiktas at home to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Three key battles in Arsenal v Everton clash

Everton vs Arsenal: Three key battles on the pitch by SE

Arsenal visiting Goodison Park this weekend should bring us some intriguing one-on-one battles on the pitch, which, more importantly, could go on to decide who reigns superior at the end of 90 minutes. Here are three key battles to look forward to:

Mertesacker/Koscielny vs Lukaku
Everton’s new signing should, in all probability, lead the line for the Toffees. Last season, in the corresponding fixture, Lukaku played on the Right-Wing, and it proved to be an astute piece of tactic from Martinez, as Lukaku posed serious problems for Monreal, with his pace and power acting as the lynchpins to Everton’s first and second goals.

Everton v Arsenal – Expect a tactical battle?

Match Preview: Everton vs Arsenal by SE

Match Day 2 of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season for Arsenal sees them travel to the North West of England, where they take on Everton at Goodison Park this Saturday evening. Arsenal and Everton finished 4th and 5th respectively in the Premier League table last season, as Wenger’s men narrowly edged the Toffees to seal that last Champions League spot. On paper, this should be an even contest, with both teams strengthening their respective squads during the summer.

New Season, New Players – Same Old, Same Old Arsenal

NEW SEASON, NEW PLAYERS, SAME OLD PROBLEMS by Uche

It is a strange one, isn’t it? Arsenal has supposedly upgraded its squad through our new signings but you wouldn’t know it. First, we signed Shad Forsythe, a well-respected fitness guru that worked with the German national team and yet within a space of four days, we have already recorded three injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Yaya Sanogo and Mikel Arteta. Wow! It feels just like the old Arsenal. And then we signed Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers while welcoming back a much improved Joel Campbell from his three year loan. That makes it five new faces that have joined our squad and yet watching Arsenal labor through a cringe worthy draw against a very organized Besiktas side, you wouldn’t know our squad is five players richer than it was last season.

Everton v Arsenal Betting Tips – Arsenal are a great price!

Arsenal followed up their late win over Crystal Palace last weekend by labouring to a goalless draw in Istanbul in their Champions League qualifier first leg and now face a tough trip to Goodison Park on Saturday evening. The bookmakers appear to have overreacted to Arsenal’s draw in Turkey and at 13/8 they look decent value to make it two wins from two in the Premier League…

Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30, SS1)
Tom Powell’s Verdict: ARSENAL TO WIN @ 13/8 – BET NOW

Arsenal’s early fixtures against Everton and Man City will be crucial

Two fixtures that will test Arsenal’s Premier league ambitions early on in the season: Everton away, Man City home by SE

The aura emanating from the Emirates and Arsene Wenger, during this pre-season, gives food for thought to other Premier League clubs. It also says an awful lot about Arsenal’s Premier League ambitions this upcoming season. The acquisitions of Sanchez and Debuchy have put to bed any diverting speculation and accusation on Wenger, who has been immensely lambasted in the past, for his dealings in the transfer market. And, with Wenger stating that Arsenal are not yet done with incoming transfers, it should be a highly optimistic start to the 2014/15 season, given that Arsenal ended their 9-year drought, without a piece of silverware, by winning the FA Cup against Hull City this past May.

Arsenal get HELP from early TV schedule! Is the luck turning?

There is little doubt that Arsenal were on the wrong end of some terrible luck last season. I am not blaming our bad luck for everything, of course, as there seems to have been a definite underlying problem for the Gunners to have had so many injury problems throughout the season.

And I am not going to go on about the referees again, suffice it to say that I did not feel that we had the rub of the green from the men in black. Arsenal’s bad luck extended to the the cup draws and the TV scheduling as well, which always seemed to pit the Gunners against the toughest possible opponents at the worst possible times.