Sunday’s early game ponders plenty of questions as Everton take on Arsenal in a match both need to win following poor recent results.
The Toffees spent big in the summer but have been pathetic at times, with Ronald Koeman failing to get what was expected from what is increasingly appearing to be an unbalanced squad.
Arsene Wenger has again faced questions regarding his side’s fragility and they capitulated to defeat last weekend at Watford.
The headlines though going into the game surround Koeman’s future at Goodison Park and after blaming everybody but himself and his players for Thursday’s defeat to Lyon (despite them almost starting a riot), he could well be on borrowed time.
No wins in four mean the pressure is on the Dutchman and he will likely start his strongest possible XI, with Wayne Rooney, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines all set to feature, in the hope for a repeat of last season’s spirited 2-1 win in this fixture.
Arsenal head to Goodison Park in generally good form, with the defeat at Vicarage Road their only reverse in nine outings and are likely to recall Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey et al.
Following his second string’s win over Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade to you and me), Wenger must have fallen back laughing while watching the Toffees the other night.
Earlier this week, EvertonFCvArsenalFB looked nailed on for a draw, with neither looking to give too much away.
However, Everton look so bereft of confidence at the moment and it’s hard to see that changing while Koeman, who is hoping to become the first manager to win his first four home games against Wenger, remains in charge.
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