Arsenal vs Everton Prediction (23-04-2021)
It’s been a strange week or so in the Premier League, or in football in general due to the talk surrounding the European Super League. However, there’s still a lot to play for in the Premier League as we near the end of the season.
The owners of Arsenal, along with 5 other Premier League teams have been criticized due to wanting to take part in the European Super League, and it will now be interesting to see where their focus is. Of course it has nothing to do with the players or managers as they have no say in the matter, but I’m sure some will be unsettled by the news.
With that being said, this is a very tough fixture for Arsenal. Everton sit above them in the league, and have a lot more to play for, domestically at least, while Arsenal’s focus will be mainly on the Europa League as their season is all but done in the Premier League. Last weekend’s draw against Fulham summed up Arsenal this season, and it summed up Mikel Arteta’s results as an Arsenal manager.
To go and comfortably knock out the Czech champions last Thursday, to then draw with relegation candidates Fulham should be unacceptable for this side, but it’s not even surprising.
They’ve struggled countless times this season to gain any momentum after a European fixture and it has cost them points once again. They’ll finish mid table at best at this rate, and a win here wouldn’t really matter in the large scope of things for Arsenal. Pressure is what Arteta will be under even if Arsenal aren’t in need of a result here, but it must be building on the manager as his run of 51 Premier League games in charge has seen him collect 10 less points than flop Unai Emery.
Arteta has some qualities about him and does have some sort of style that he wants to play, which is what separates him from Emery in that regard, but Arsenal are still so far off it even with the players of quality they have.
Everton’s draw against Tottenham last weekend didn’t seem to benefit either side. They still sit outside European places, with a real danger of their season not amounting to anything, and it will be disappointing if that’s the case. They have a lot of quality in this side, but it hasn’t always shown.
At the beginning of the season it looked as though this side could mount a real challenge to anyone, but as time has gone on, they’ve slowly staggered to their usual place which is just outside of Europe.
They went out and brought in players and a coach in hopes of taking them further but it looks as though they could be coming up short once again in this all too familiar story for Everton. Carlo Ancelotti’s job should still be relatively safe even if Everton fail in their European quest, but it will be a question of whether players will want to continue at a club that aren’t going to be playing any European football.
Of course there’s still an outside chance that Everton can gain some momentum and grab a place as teams are bound to slip up in some games, and it could start here at the Emirates. Arsenal aren’t the best of teams. They’re arguably the worst top team there is at the moment, and they’ve been awful now for a number of years which should give Everton a real chance.
However, Everton’s form away to Arsenal has been poor to say the least, with no win since 1996, but there should be no better chance than this season.
Everton’s form in general hasn’t shown good signs either with no win in 6, and they must take all 3 points here if they are to have any chance of catching the teams above them.