Arsenal are back on the road following the September international break with a visit to Everton. So here is everything you need to know, including how to watch the game.
The Emirates Stadium natives travel to Goodison Park at the weekend desperate to overturn a torrid record at the Toffees. Arsenal have not beaten Everton in any of their past five visits to Merseyside. Their last win over the Blues away from north London came in October 2017.
Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez sealed Arsenal’s last three points at Everton with goals for a 5-2 win after Wayne Rooney broke the deadlock. Yet the Blues have won four of the following five, including each of the past three.
Mikel Arteta is yet to oversee a point at Goodison Park when returning to Merseyside as the manager of Arsenal. The former Everton midfielder has so far overseen a 2-1 defeat to Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees, a 2-1 loss to Rafa Benitez’s Blues and a 1-0 defeat to Sean Dyche’s team.
Unai Emery lost 1-0 to Marco Silva’s Everton side on his only visit as the manager of Arsenal. While Freddie Ljungberg oversaw a 0-0 draw against Duncan Ferguson’s interim Blues team before Arteta took over. Now, the Spaniard seeks his first win at Everton as the Arsenal boss.
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When is Everton vs Arsenal?
Sky Sports selected Arsenal’s trip to Everton for live TV coverage in the UK in its 16:30 BST kick-off slot for Sunday, September 17. The Premier League originally scheduled the game to take place on Saturday, September 16. But it later rescheduled the contest on September 3.
The Premier League moved the Gunners and Toffees’ game as a consequence of Brentford’s game at Newcastle United being brought forward by a day. Newcastle start their Champions League champion on Tuesday, September 19 while Arsenal will start theirs on September 20.
How to watch Everton vs Arsenal
Fans in the UK can watch Everton hosting Arsenal on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage starts on both channels at 16:00 with a 30-minute build-up show.
Live stream of Everton vs Arsenal
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League are available with relevant Sky Sports subscriptions. Fans can also hear to a live commentary stream of Everton vs Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 Live. Coverage will begin at 16:00 with a 30-minute build-up show ahead of kick-off.
Arsenal team and injury news
Arteta’s team head to Goodison Park with a largely clean bill of health after Arsenal avoided an injury scare during the international break. Fears grew back in north London when Brazil replaced Gabriel Magalhaes against Bolivia and quickly applied ice to a possible thigh issue.
But the centre-half avoided an injury and Gabriel started as Brazil beat Peru on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was the Gunners’ only fresh injury worry to arise during the international break. Although Arsenal lost Thomas Partey to a muscular injury before facing Manchester United.
The Ghanaian pulled up during training on the Thursday before the match after developing a mixture of a thigh and a groin injury. Now, Arsenal’s medical team expects Partey will miss at least six weeks, per the Daily Mail. Their timeline takes him past the next international break.
Arsenal also hope to finally welcome Mohamed Elneny back from his knee injury in October, per the Evening Standard. He has been out of action since requiring surgery in January, even though he returned to training in May. While Jurrien Timber remains out after his ACL injury.
Prediction: Everton (0) vs (1) Arsenal
Arsenal will travel to Everton feeling optimistic about their chances of claiming a first win at Goodison Park since Arsene Wenger’s side won 5-2 in October 2017. The Gunners have won three of their opening four Premier League matches this season and drew 2-2 with Fulham.
Everton, on the other hand, are still chasing their first win after one draw and three defeats under Dyche. The Toffees have even only scored two goals and have conceded eight across their opening fixtures. No top-flight team has scored fewer goals than the Blues this season.
But while recent results will fuel Arsenal’s optimism, Arteta will know he is still yet to secure a single point at Goodison. The Gunners have also struggled on their trips to Merseyside, no matter how out of form the Toffees have been over their preceding Premier League fixtures.
Dyche beat Arteta 1-0 in his first game as the manager of Everton this February even though the Blues were without a win in eight before they sacked Frank Lampard. Benitez also took a 2-1 win in December 2021 despite the Toffees being winless in eight before Arsenal arrived.
That said, Arsenal Insider predicts Arteta will finally shake the monkey off his back and guide Arsenal to a narrow win at Everton this Sunday. It is likely to be another close encounter. But the Gunners will not want to drop any points and harm their Premier League title challenge.