Match Thread: Everton vs. Arsenal - 2014/15 Premier League
1-0 Coleman, 17’. /u/FredSports’ webm.
Venue: Goodison Park in Walton, Liverpool.
Referee: Kevin Friend.
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is nearing a return from a cruciate ligament injury and could be available.
The Toffees’ 3-0 win over Arsenal in last season’s equivalent fixture was their only in the last fifteen matches against The Gunners.
Everton have conceded at least twice in three of their last four Premier League games. However, they have scored at least two goals in their previous six home league matches.
It depends how you look at it. I’m looking at Arsenal with the experience and know-how they have and don’t think playing on Tuesday is going to affect them negatively. They have a big enough squad to cope with that and the mentality to do so. If anything, it could be a positive because you can get rid of that rustiness and can get you into a real competitive frame of mind straight away.
You want to play teams like Arsenal early on in the season when they are not hitting their top potential, but when you see them in Turkey, you see them reaching full levels very quickly, and that could be a negative for us. We need to replicate the level of performance from when we faced them at Goodison last season.
Should The Gunners beat Everton in this afternoon’s match, it will be their 100th victory over the Liverpool blues since first meeting them in 1905.
Arsenal’s defeat at Goodison Park meant they lost all four of their away games against last season’s top five. Those four defeats accounted for 20 of the 41 league goals the Gunners conceded in 2013/14.
Arsène Wenger’s side is winless against Everton in their last four Premier League match-ups, although they beat them 4-1 in an FA Cup Quarter-Final last season.
Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski could return after extended post-World Cup breaks, and Yaya Sanogo may be fit after a hamstring injury.
Joel Campbell has not had his chance yet but he will get it.
It is a big test [for Calum Chambers against Lukaku] but it was also a test against Demba Ba.
Ramsey has a different style to Fàbregas but he has a huge potential.
We have had no offers for anyone to leave.
If it’s a long-term injury [for Arteta], that puts us in a position where we have to be creative. We are not in an emergency case but we are open to any opportunity to strengthen our defensive department. We are not against [signing a defensive midfielder], no
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17’: GOAL! Some quick passing from Everton folllowing a set piece has Gareth Barry place a perfect through ball in the air, leaving ** Coleman** alone in the face of goal, with the Irishman heading it in.
Submitted August 23, 2014 at 05:31PM by WakaFlockaGeese
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