It’s now just 1 win in the last 10 for Everton and life for Ronald Koeman’s men doesn’t get any easier this evening as they play host to an Arsenal side that are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League matches. An incredible run of form which has seen them move up to second in the table behind cross town rivals Chelsea.
And Tonight could once again see Arsene Wenger’s men go top for a short spell of time if they can get a win on Merseyside. If they were to do that then it would extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches and mean that Everton would have had just a solitary win in their last 11 outings.
Saturday saw Everton kick off the weekend’s Premier League action with a trip to Vicarage Road and it was a trip where they came away empty handed. A 3-2 defeat at the hands of Watford means that The Toffees have slipped as low as 9th place.
They have the most literal average side in the league right now. Mid table with a record of Won 5 Drawn 5 Loss 5 with a Goal Difference of 0. If that’s not average then I really don’t know what is and that is after such a promising start to the season as well.
One thing that you certainly couldn’t accuse of Arsenal being right now is average. They were given a small scare at the weekend after going behind to Stoke after a somewhat controversial penalty but they showed that they have enough class in their ranks to overturn a deficit as they ran out 3-1 winners.
Although Alexis Sanchez didn’t score on Saturday at The Emirates he played a large part in Arsenal’s victory as he laid two of The Gunners goals. When you add that to the hat-trick he scored the week before at West Ham it seems as if there really is no stopping the Chilean right now.
And for every good performance that the former Barcelona man seems to be turning in right now you could almost add an extra £10k to his wage demands when it comes to signing a new contract. But on the flip side the longer this form continues for then the more he arguably puts himself in the shop window for other clubs that are closely monitoring the situation.
The longer the contract talks run then the longer the concern will be for Arsenal fans but right now they should just marvel in his talents and the hope will be that tonight he can inspire his side to another victory. The last time these two sides met Arsenal eased to a 2-0 in what was one of Roberto Martinez’ last games in charge.
Defeat for Ronald Koeman tonight certainly won’t mean the end of days at Goodison Park but will begin to add a bit of pressure to the former Southampton boss and unfortunately that pressure will come around by 9:45pm or so as I think Arsenal will once again come out on top. An away win for me.