Arsenal is gearing up for its return to Premier League action this weekend, following an international break that temporarily halted their momentum.
The Gunners are still riding high from their dramatic victory against Manchester United, with Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus ensuring that the team is in high spirits as they prepare for their next challenge.
However, history suggests that this upcoming clash won’t be a walk in the park, despite initial impressions.
In their last five visits to Goodison Park to face Everton, Arsenal has consistently struggled to secure three points.
Their last victory at Everton’s home ground dates back to 2017 when Arsene Wenger was in charge.
Back then, goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey, and Alexis Sanchez allowed them to come from behind and snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Unfortunately, the subsequent five encounters resulted in four losses and one draw.
Last season, even with Mikel Arteta at the helm of a title-challenging squad, Sean Dyche’s Everton managed to outmuscle Arsenal, thanks to a formidable midfield trio and a James Tarkowski goal.
The season before, Everton again upset Arsenal’s ambitions with late goals from Richarlison and a stunning Demarai Gray strike.
The trend continued in December 2020, with Everton securing a 2-1 win, primarily through crosses that troubled Arsenal’s defense.
Under Unai Emery’s tenure, Arsenal suffered another defeat, this time conceding from a cross in a 1-0 loss.
This recurring vulnerability to crosses and set pieces is a concerning trend that Arsenal needs to address.
As they prepare to face Everton once more, Arsenal must consider tactical adjustments.
Gabriel Magalhaes, with his height, could provide stability in defense, and there’s an argument for including Kai Havertz to exploit Everton’s weaknesses.
Additionally, in attack, Arsenal must capitalize on their opportunities to break Everton’s pattern of success.
Despite these historical challenges, Arsenal’s confidence is high as they have returned to the Champions League after a six-year absence.
Fans are hopeful that Mikel Arteta’s team can make a genuine run in the tournament.
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In summary, Arsenal’s upcoming match against Everton is fraught with historical difficulties, particularly related to defending against crosses and set pieces.
To overcome these challenges, tactical adjustments and clinical finishing will be essential for the Gunners.