Published: 18.05.2017
There is still hope, however slight, at Arsenal that they will be playing in the Champions League next season. The Gunners need results at either Man City or Liverpool to go for them and to beat Everton on the final day of the Premier League season but Arsene Wenger and his players are not yet ready to give up.

Arsene WengerThe same cannot be said for the Arsenal fans. They stayed away in their thousands for Tuesday night’s win over Sunderland in an apparent protest against the way that the club is being run. While the vast majority of football fans would love to have the worries that Arsenal have, this is a club who expect to challenge for the title and they have rarely looked further away from a title challenge than during this season.

Arsenal fans can justifiably point to Everton as an example of a team who have taken big strides forward after a change in management.

Under Roberto Martinez, Everton were an attractive side but they let in far too many soft goals to have any chance of challenging the top six. Under Ronald Koeman the Toffees have the fifth meanest defence in the Premier League and just need to improve their away form to have a crack at the European places next season.

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Arsenal v Everton Match Stats and Form

  • Arsenal have won their last four league games
  • Everton have won just four away games all season
  • It’s been 14 home league games since Arsenal failed to score at the Emirates
  • Everton beat Arsenal when the two met at Goodison Park in December but that’s their only win in five matches against the Gunners
  • You have to go back to 1996 for the last time that Everton won away at Arsenal

Arsenal v Everton Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal – Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi; Gibbs, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin; Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Everton – Robles; Holgate, William, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Davies, Schneiderlin; Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku

Arsenal v Everton Key Battles

Arsenal’s results have improved considerably since Wenger introduced a three man defence. He’ll hope that the extra player in the heart of defence will be able to keep Romelu Lukaku quiet in what could well be his final game for Everton.

There could be a very interesting battle down the flanks if the Everton full backs turn up in good form. Mason Holgate and Leighton Baines are both dangerous when they get into attacking positions which leaves Wenger with a headache. Does he push his wide players up to try and force Everton’s full backs to remain defending or does that risk leaving space of Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley to exploit in wide positions?

Arsenal v Everton Betting Analysis

Everton’s away form is an area in which they must improve significantly if they are to improve on seventh place next season. They have fewer points on their travels than Crystal Palace and just one more than West Ham and it’s hard to see them adding three points to their tally at the Emirates.

Arsenal generally finish the season strongly and it’s been no different this season. We think that Everton will cause the Gunners problems at the Emirates but that Arsenal will go out with a win.

That makes a bet on Arsenal to win and both teams to score look like good value at $3.20 with Bet365.

At this stage of the season numerous players will be already planning their futures away from their current clubs. That could well be the case for both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

Both strikers have been heavily linked with a move to pastures new and it would be no surprise to see them both score on Sunday. Sanchez is $1.86 to score with Unibet while Lukaku is $3.20 with Sportsbet.

Arsenal v Everton Top Betting Tip:

Arsenal to win and both teams to score at $3.20 with Bet365

Other Bets:

Alexis Sanchez to score at $1.86 with Unibet
Romelu Lukaku to score at $3.20 with Sportsbet

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