Tomorrow sees us make our second trip to Merseyside this season as we face a struggling Everton side who sit in 15th place after West Ham’s 3-0 home defeat to Brighton last night.
After their summer shopping spree not going quite to plan, the only aspect that seems similar to Arsenal is their schedule as they too are involved in the Europa League.
However, their fortunes have been very different to ours so far in Europe too having only claimed a single point from their first three games, putting Ronald Koeman under an increasing amount of pressure.
On the other hand, Arsenal’s season has seemed to take it’s usual course so far, winning most of their games comfortably, taking the odd thrashing and losing to a ‘lesser’ team.
Usually, Arsenal tend to come out on top against Everton, but with the Toffees looking to come out swinging after their midweek loss to Lyon, who knows what to expect.
Despite being a team near the better end of the table, we face a team and manager in desperation and we all saw how that worked for Chelsea last week at Selhurst Park.
One thing that could help ease nerves for the trip to Goodison though is the team news, as Arsene Wenger said:
“Alexis, Koscielny and Ramsey will be alright.” After the three had missed out on a few recent games as well as Koscielny having to come off late against Watford last week due to cramp.
After the display at Vicarage Road it was clear to see that we were missing something going forward without our main men on the pitch, but with Sanchez and Ramsey returning we should be more potent up front.
Someone I wouldn’t expect to start though, despite his great form at the moment is Jack Wilshere, having played on Thursday night to Red Star Belgrade, I doubt Wenger would want to push him in for two games in three days just yet.
Unfortunately, Danny Welbeck is certain to miss the game after picking up another injury in his return against Watford, Wenger said:
“Welbeck is out. He has a groin problem, I think it will be two to three weeks before he’s back. He will not be back before the international break.”
Also awaiting a return to football is former Everton-boy Shkodran Mustafi who is scheduled to come back after the international break too.
With the win in midweek, Arsenal should be going into this more confident than a few days ago, especially with the situation Everton find themselves in, but we all know anything can happen with Arsenal away from home.