It is quite simple, if Arsenal loses against Everton today we remain fourth, we win or draw and we jump above Tottenham and back into third.
There does seem to be some nervousness about this game among the Gooner faithful and to some extent that is justified but not because it is Everton we are playing but because it is so tight for a top-four finish and one slip up and significant consequences could follow.
But I am not sure we should be all that nervous, yes, Everton has won their last two games 2-0 against West Ham and Chelsea but some perspective is required.
Anyone watching the first half of the Chelsea game would have seen an Everton performance that has been a regular feature this season, they were overrun, how they did not concede I do not know, Chelsea dominated them and that is a huge indicator of how we should approach this game today.
Everton was better in the second half of course, but that had far more to do with Chelsea than their opponents and I do not see us falling into that trap today.
I have no doubt Unai Emery has watched the videos, he knows what he has to do, and I am positive he will instruct the players exactly how to start the game off, and that is right at Everton.
We have the talent to dominate this game from the start and Everton will have their backs to the wall, that will quieten down the fans immediately and unlike Chelsea, we have a forward line that knows how to score.
Our defence is improving, recent results have shown that, we do have an issue on the road and if there was ever a time to keep a clean sheet it is today, however, even if we do concede, our midfield and forwards have more than enough about them to overcome that.
Everton have some dangerous players, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison are more than capable of causing us problems but they are not Hazard, Pogba, Kane, de Bruyne, Sane etc and our defence and to some extent midfield, have the quality to counter the danger those players pose.
For me, we have to attack from word go, control the midfield and be composed at the back, do that and we will win and I am absolutely confident that is exactly what we will do.
This is my predicted Line up ….
And this is my correct Score Prediction, in case you didn’t already know!
Everton 1-2 Arsenal