It is back to the Emirates Stadium for table toppers Arsenal as they look to put behind them the disappointment of the 3-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend when they welcome winless Everton on Sunday at 14:00 GMT.
Can Arsenal Bounce Immediately Back to Winning Ways after the Old Trafford Defeat?
Mikel Arteta will be eager for his side to put the defeat to Man United behind them by winning the next match when they host Everton on Sunday.
Although he was impressed with his side’s performance at Old Trafford, he would have noted how they were easily opened by Manchester United’s pace on the counter. He will look to ensure his side learns from their mistakes.
However, he will not make wholesale changes to the team and style that had won five matches out of five before the defeat in Manchester. He will be keen on getting his side back to the form that has seen the lead the table.
Can Lampard’s Everton get their First Premier League Win of the Season?
Winless in six attempts, Frank Lampard will be looking to get three points from the Emirates Stadium this Sunday, as he seeks to help his side climb the table away from the lower echelons of the Premier League.
Everton kept its first clean sheet of the season in the derby clash against Liverpool last weekend, with the match ending in a 0-0 stalemate. Frank Lampard will look to press this improvement home when his side takes on Arsenal.
Keeping Arsenal out will be important for Everton to take something from this fixture. It will also allow the Everton attackers to come up with something to create chances and pose an attacking threat to the Arsenal defense.
Arsenal have collected 15 points out of the available 18 in their opening six Premier League outings this term.
The Gunners have won five matches and lost once in a run of form that has seen them lead the table by a point ahead of Manchester City and Tottenham on 14 points each.
They opened the season with five straight victories against Crystal Palace (0-2), Leicester City (4-2), Bournemouth (0-3), Fulham (2-1), and Aston Villa (2-1). They lost their sixth match of the season in an away clash against Manchester United (3-1).
Arteta will be looking for his side to immediately bounce back and get the three points they need to stay at the top of the table.
Everton started the new season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea in a clash where their performance merited at least a point. They made it two consecutive losses when they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Everton are unbeaten since and have gone on to pick four points from the succeeding four Premier League outings. The four draws came against Nottingham Forest (1-1), Brentford (1-1), Leeds United (1-1), and Liverpool (0-0).
Notably, Everton have kept just one clean sheet this season in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool. Frank Lampard will be looking to improve the defensive shape of the team when they face the free-scoring Arsenal.
Possible Starting Lineups
Ramsdale; O. Zinchenko, Gabriel, W. Saliba, B. White; G. Xhaka, A. Sambi Lokonga; G. Martinelli, M. Odegaard, B. Saka; G. Jesus
Pickford; N. Patterson, C. Coady, J. Tarkowski, V. Mykolenko; T. Davies, A. Onana, A. Iwobi; D. Gray, N. Maupay, A. Gordon
Players to Watch
With three goals in six appearances for Arsenal, Jesus has settled quickly to life at the Emirates. He is one of Mikel Arteta’s first names on the team sheet on current form.
The 25-year-old Brazilian international is integral to Arteta’s side because of the way he connects with other attackers, his dribbling, movement, and finishing.
His movement and dribbling have especially posed headaches to opposing defenses because they make him unpredictable and hard to mark on the pitch.
His adaptability also gives the arsenal attack fluidity and flexibility in the manner they attack and create chances. Jesus will be important to Arsenal when they take on Everton on Sunday.
The new signing is important to Everton who lost Calvert-Lewin to injury at the beginning of the season. Maupay will help fill the gap left by Calvert-Lewin by leading the line of Lampard’s attack.
His physicality, pace, and movement are important for Everton’s attack. He also offers them an outlet given his physicality as a target man upfront. This is important when escaping the press.
His work rate is also important in giving Everton the first life of defense with his hard running, high-intensity, and pressing.
Maupay will be important for Everton against Arsenal because the Toffees are expected to have little possession and will play mostly on the counterattack.
The striker’s movement and runs will be instrumental in giving Everton a chance of creating chances and scoring the all-important goal(s).
Arsenal are expected to play their patient possession-based style of football. They will press Everton when on the ball and pin them back when they win back possession. They will use their passing to create chances and open up the Evertonian defense.
Everton will seek to remain compact by employing a low bloc and minimizing all the spaces that Arsenal attackers can exploit. They will seek to frustrate Arteta’s men and hit them on the counter or through set pieces.
Arsenal are the favorites to win the match and take all three points.
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