Match Preview: Arsenal v Everton

Venue: Emirates Stadium    Date: Saturday, 18 October      Kick-off: 1500 BST

Arsenal Likely Line-Up (4-4-2)


Song – Toure(c) – Silvestre – Clichy

Eboue- Fabregas Denilson – Nasri

AdebayorVan Persie

(Subs from): Fabianski, G.Hoyte, Gibbs, Diaby, Walcott, Ramsey, Vela

Everton Likely Line Up (4-5-1)


Hibbert – Jagielka – Lescott – Baines

Arteta – Fellaini – Rodwell – Osman- Pienaar


(Subs from): Nash, Valente, Kissock, Vaughan, Saha, Neville, Baxter

Tactics Talk

Everton are likely to resist playing Saha from the start, resorting to play 4-5-1 to tighten up in defence and stop Arsenal from playing. Phil Neville is likely to play defensive midfield, an area where Everton have lacked presence,looking to stifle the threat from Fabregas.

Arsene Wenger will look to assess Van Persie and Djourou before the game to see if they are ready to play. In place of the Swiss defender, Mikael Silvestre is likely to make his debut. As the Toffees are expected to pack their midfield, Denilson and Fabregas will have to work extra hard to find space in a hard working Everton midfield. They will look to play through front man Yakubu spearheading their attack most likely on the counter. They have been susceptible to the high ball and if Arsenal can get Walcott and in particular Eboue on the ball in wide positions expect problems for Everton.

Key Man: Emmanuel Adebayor- The toffees have let in 15 goals already this season, most of them from high balls so therefore the Togolese can make his presence felt here. He scored four for his country and is looking to build on that form for which in the league has been patchy so far.

Danger Man: Mikel Arteta- Everton will look to get the Spaniard on the ball as much as possible if they are to get much out of the game.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Everton

Team Arsenal Everton
Games Played 7 7
Goal Attempts
Goals 13 11
Ave Goals per game 1.86 1.57
Shots (excl blocked shots) 111 73
% Shots on Target 40% 37%
% Goals to Shots 12% 15%
Short Passes 3,194 2,127
Long Passes 435 435
Overall Pass Completion % 85% 74%
Total Crosses 215 170
Cross Completion % 20% 26%
Goals Conceded 5 15
Ave goals conceded per game 0.71 2.14
Tackles 123 151
Tackles Won % 77% 73%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 358 506
Fouls 73 103
Yellow Cards 11 10
Red Cards 0 1

4 thoughts on “Match Preview: Arsenal v Everton

  1. The team that you predicted looks a good choice but knowing Wenger he will rest Theo, play Kolo RB and have Song and Silvestre together in the middle. I would play :

    Eboue Kolo Silvestre Clichy
    Wilshere Cesc Diaby Nasri
    RvP Ade

    But I would definately play JD, Nik & Vela if it were possible but it seems that none will be available.

  2. Hi Stu. Good squad u chose but Diaby hasn’t played for a while so may not start but as Walcott may be rested there maybe a chance. It may be a 4-5-1 with Song. Wilshere is interesting and so is Ramsey as an alternative.

  3. If reports are true (that Walcott will be rested), it would seem strange to play a 442 formation. This is because with Eboue at right-back, he is our only other option down the right-flank effectively. This leads me to believe a different formation will be played.

    With two attacking full-backs, the defence could be left a little vulnerable – especially against someone as powerful as Yakubu. Due to this, I see Song being played in the holding role – dropping back into defence when necessary, to allow more freedom for the full-backs to push forward.

    In the centre of midfield, I believe Wenger will maintain the partnership of Denilson and Fabregas, with Nasri and Van Persie being used to support Adebayor up front.

    Van Persie——————–Nasri

    BTW I hear Jagielka could be out.

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