Arsenal legend Paul Merson has revealed what he is expecting to see from the Gunners against Everton.
Arsenal travel to Goodison Park for a Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.
The Gunners have a very poor recent record on the road against Everton. They haven’t won at Goodison Park in the Premier League since 2017. Mikel Arteta will be desperate to see his side turn their poor form against the Merseyside outfit around this time out.
Despite Everton being something of a bogey team for the north London club, Arsenal still go into this game as the heavy favourites to claim all three points.
They are certainly in better form than the Toffees, who are still looking for their first win of the new Premier League campaign. Arteta won’t allow his squad to underestimate the threat that Everton pose, though.
Sean Dyche knows how to set up a team to be defensively solid, and they have potential goalscorers in the likes of Beto and Arnaut Danjuma. The likes of Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Idrissa Gueye will also seek to make it an intensely physical battle in the middle of the park.
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Merson expects Jesus impact for Arsenal
The Gunners will need to be at their best to ensure that they bring all three points back to the Emirates Stadium. However, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is convinced that they will get the job done.
As quoted by Sportskeeda, the 55-year-old said, “this game is far from a foregone conclusion, but I fancy Arsenal to step up to the plate and pick up all three points. Arsenal have had their fair share of problems in recent weeks, but Gabriel Jesus’ return to full fitness is a massive boost…Everton 0-2 Arsenal.”
It remains to be seen if Gabriel Jesus is handed the start ahead of Eddie Nketiah. Nketiah has made a fine start to the season, whilst Jesus has been working his way back to full fitness. However, the £265,000-a-week Brazilian impressed with his cameo against Manchester United last time out, bagging his first goal of the campaign.
If Arteta does opt for Jesus in his starting XI, then the 26-year-old has the capacity to be a match-winner at Goodison Park.