With only the oil-doped Mancunians appearing in an unbeatable form right now, Arsenal have a chance to close in on second in the table MU to just four points by beating the sorry Toffees this afternoon. This will not be easy. The unnecessary loss to the Hornets is still soaring the arses of the Gunners, and Wenger has not got the best of records against Koeman. The good thing is they don’t like each other much and Wenger would love to send the Dutchman back home to the Lowlands – and a beating may well mean the end of his Everton adventure (however ridiculous that would be).
It is one of those games that can go horribly wrong for either of the clubs; and we need to make sure we win this at any cost. A win would not only close the gap with the leaders but also allow to regain momentum in the league (and belief). With a number of good and important home games coming up, an away win today would be very, very important. Everton are of course a good side that just has not found the much needed rhythm as yet, and they could use this game, with the home crowd in passionate support and possibly a partisan referee to aid them further (allowing feet to go into our players unpunished and one or two fouls going against us in dangerous spots, for example) as a springboard to their revival.
The psychological factor should therefore not be underestimated: Wenger needs to get the troops in no-mercy fighting spirit. There is not much more to say about this one other than the predicted line-up. Rambo, Alexis and Koz are all fit again and they all need to play.
This is my predicted (and my preferred) Line-Up:
Enjoy the game fellow Gooners. Up the Arsenal!