Everton: Olsson; Godfrey, Keane, Mina; Iwobi, Doucoure, Davies, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez
Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Mari, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Elneny, Saka; Pepe, Aubameyang, Willian
Everton vs Arsenal Score Prediction
One particular piece of news has helped Arsenal’s faltering cause for Saturday: the absence of Allan.
The Brazilian midfielder has revolutionised this Everton team, adding bite, bark (lots of bark) and brains to an area of the pitch that was previously frail. He is the one who marshals the defenders, puts men into position and brings a halt to any encouraging attacking moves from the opposition.
Arsenal don’t have much in the way of ‘encouraging attacks’, but if they are to create at Goodison Park then they’re better placed to without Allan.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta has to put pace in his team. Has to.
None of the Everton back three can keep up with speedy wingers, especially not Ben Godfrey if he gets isolated in a right-back role against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Should Nicolas Pepe play on the right, Reiss Nelson off the left and Aubameyang through the middle, the Gunners have three players who would rinse Godfrey, Michael Keane or Yerry Mina in a foot race.
Simple enough, but there is an inability to build up to the moments where such areas of attack are accessible. The stages leading up those moments are where the Gunners falter most, and they could watch on as James Rodriguez shows them exactly what they’re missing.
This will be a very tough fixture. Everything points to an Everton win. They’re full of confidence after two superb wins, Arsenal provided the chalk to that cheese.