Arsenal spent a long time operating under the management of Arsene Wenger, with the Frenchman eventually stepping down at the end of last season much to the relief of the supporters and probably most of his squad.
It is clear that the Gunners have fallen behind the leading teams in the Premier League and it’s been disconcerting to the fans that players like Robin van Persie, Alexis Sanchez and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have left the club for one of their rivals.
Perhaps Unai Emery will usher in an era of success although it’s a tough challenge considering that Manchester City and Liverpool appear to have outstanding teams in the division, while Maurizio Sarri has inherited a squad of players at Chelsea that means the Blues are also in a stronger position.
Arsenal’s Confidence Soaring
Nevertheless, Arsenal come into this game off the back of three straight wins and the confidence levels are steadily increasing at the Emirates, with West Ham being beaten before victories on the road at Cardiff and Newcastle.
Both of these triumphs were achieved by a narrow margin and this could be a similar story against an Everton side who seem to be in regressive mode as the current season has wore on.
Marco Silva’s side managed a 2-2 draw at Molineux in their opening game despite playing a large chunk with ten men, while a 2-1 win over Southampton suggested that a rosy future looked ahead.
However, a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth saw the Toffees fritter away a two-goal lead before the Merseyside team took just a single point from home matches against Huddersfield and West Ham.
Silva Concerned by Concessions
It’s clear that Silva wants his team to play out from the back although they got picked off by the Hammers trying to do this and the manager will be delighted that Richarlison returns from suspension for this clash at the Emirates.
The Brazilian is a touch of class in this squad which looks strangely short of attacking quality despite the heavy recruitment in the summer. Bernard looked bright when appearing as a sub against West Ham, although Cenk Tosun appears limited and Oumar Niasse isn’t that much better.
Silva will clearly be concerned by the number of goals being conceded thus far this season. There hasn’t yet been a clean sheet and they will come up against an Arsenal side who have found the net at least twice in their past four matches.
Aubameyang to Score?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was touted as the likeliest scorer of goals before the season began although the Benin striker has been played in a wider position thanks to Alexandre Lacazette roving forward, with Mesut Ozil starting to look the part again.
Arsenal aren’t great from a defensive point-of-view, with Petr Cech notably struggling to play the ball out from the back and the central defensive pairing of Sokratis and Mustafi seem error-prone at the moment.
However, Unai Emery’s side are starting to click into some kind of rhythm and they look set to win another match where both sides find the net. It’s been 3-1, 3-2 and 2-1 in the past three games, with Everton clearly possessing an attacking threat seeing as they have scored in all of their games. We fancy there to be goals here, so the Arsenal to Win and BTTS option at 7/4 with Ladbrokes looks good.