It’s always a good international break when all of your players come back healthy, and even better when they perform.
Arsenal players came back healthy from their international duties outside of a minor knock to Gabriel in the first match of Brazil’s 2026 World Cup qualifying. He suited up in the second match and once again impressed.
The Gunners had stellar performances from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leandro Trossard, and Martin Odegaard, all of whom scored for their countries. Now, our attention reverts to club football.
Arsenal return to Goodison Park this Sunday hoping to secure their first win at Everton since 2017. It’s been a house of horrors for the Gunners in recent years.
3 questions heading into Arsenal’s trip to Everton
Here are 3 things to look for as Arsenal head north to take on Everton.
1. Will the losing streak continue?
Arsenal lost 2-1 at Everton in the 2021/2022 campaign as the Gunners missed out on Champions League football by one point that season. Last year, Everton were once again fighting relegation and toppled Mikel Arteta’s side in Sean Dyche’s first game in charge.
If there’s one fixture that depicts Arsenal’s end-of-season struggles during the past two campaigns, it’s this one. In 2021/22, Arsenal were up 1-0 and gave up two late goals to lose the contest. It was one of those games that the Gunners should have won amid their bid to return to Europe’s premier club competition
Then in February 2023, Arsenal came into Goodison as the league leaders with Everton struggling but emboldened by Dyche’s arrival. If there was ever a match you think Arsenal would win, it would have been that one. However, on any given day in the Premier League, crazy things happen.
Playing typical Dyche football, Everton frustrated the Gunners. Everton would grab a goal from a corner which was enough to rescue them from the bottom of the table. Arsenal then continued to stumble from March onwards and eventually lost the title to City.
While it’s very early in the season, Sunday’s contest could foreshadow how 2023/24 plays out for Arteta’s men. A win would be huge.
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