ARSENAL take their falling-apart-at-the-seams title challenge to Goodison on Saturday. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) previews the match for us.
Everton v Arsenal | Saturday 12:45 | BT Sport 1
Arsenal at the moment remind me of a pissed-up guy who’s had five pints too many and is stumbling up the street on his way home with his shirt tail hanging out checking his phone to see if the girl he loves has text him. But she hasn’t, because she’s dumped him for not paying her enough attention.
The North London outfit have had an appalling few weeks. They’ve been knocked out the Champions League and FA Cup and fell a massive 11 points behind league leaders Leicester. They’ve lost their way and look like they’ve missed the ultimate prize (or the girl if you want to appropriate that metaphor again).
On Saturday they go back into the ring looking to keep fighting but the prospect of a knockout blow is a real one as they face a buoyant Everton side.
The Toffees have just downed Chelsea in the FA Cup and are the new favourites to win the competition. What’s been a frustrating season might just end on a high.
Since being knocked out of the League Cup by Man City in January the club have pulled up their socks and marched forward with six wins from their eight matches.
Their only slip-ups were a bizarre defeat at the hands of West Brom where they completely dominated and a 3-2 surrender to a very good West Ham side.
Everton will come into this match in a better place than Arsenal and are unbeaten in three matches against them at Goodison. They’ll be hopeful of extending that run here.
This is a match Arsenal really have to win on Saturday but I’m not sure there’s enough in the tank and in the mind to get them through it. It’s the draw at 13/5 with William Hill that looks value to me.
Everton v Arsenal – Draw (13/5 William Hill)