Thanks to the FA Cup quarter finals the Arsenal players were able to have a weekend off and so should be fully refreshed after the exertions of the last minute smash and grab win over the Magpies. The same cannot be said for tonight’s opponents, Everton. They had to play an exhausting derby game at Anfield, where they had never won under David Moyes, which they lost 3 - 0 on Tuesday evening. They then played an FA Cup quarter final clash with Sunderland Saturday lunchtime which turned out to be a draining 1 - 1 draw. Bet Victor therefore favors Arsenal. This sort of match scheduling only emphasises the overcrowded nature of our season and makes me wonder if the size of the Premiership should be reduced, that though is an argument for another day.
Formed in 1878, Everton were founding members of the Football League in 1888 and have a long and honourable history. The Toffees have played a record 108 seasons in the top division and won the title on nine occasions, being runners-up seven times.
Apart from the Toffees, they are also known as “The School of Science” a tribute to the stylish football they have always tried to play. Their motto “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum” (Nothing but the Best) reflects the club’s long held belief in good football.
Everton’s 48 year old manager, David Moyes, is widely respected throughout the football world. During his ten years at the club he has been voted League Manager of the year on three occasions 2003, 2005 and 2009. During this time he has built up a solid reputation for producing skilled, consistent teams whilst operating on a limited budget. Born in Glasgow he is often tipped as the natural successor to Sir Alec Ferguson.
Winning tonight’s match is going to be no easy matter, among the teams to lose out at Goodison Park this term are Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs so there should be no feelings of complacency in the Arsenal ranks. There will be, however, a feeling of confidence engendered by a run of six premiership matches unbeaten including five wins on the bounce scoring an average of 3.6 goals per game.
Arsene Wenger has an almost full squad to choose from, one player who will not be in the mix is Abou Diaby, he played sixty minutes and scored the equalising goal in the reserve match against Liverpool yesterday.
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Rosicky Song Arteta
Walcott van Persie Chamberlain
I do hope that Arsenal can score first tonight, coming from behind and scoring late winners is not good for the fan’s nerves.
As always the Travelling Gooners will make themselves heard at Goodison Park and roar the Gunners onto another fine performance.