Full coverage as in-form Toffees look to heap more misery on Mikel Arteta December 19, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
In-form Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend as the pressure continues to mount on Mikel Arteta.
The Toffees have bounced back from their dip in form and claimed back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Leicester this week.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men could move up to second in the table with a win over Arsenal.
The Gunners, meanwhile, are down in 15th and still struggling for confidence.
They drew with Southampton in midweek and Arteta knows he needs to start turning things around.
talkSPORT will be on Merseyside to bring you this clash live as part of our exciting GameDay action this weekend.
Everton v Arsenal: How to listen
This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 19.
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Everton v Arsenal: Team news
Everton star Allan will miss out having injured his hamstring during Wednesday’s win at Leicester.
James Rodriguez remains a doubt with a calf injury but Seamus Coleman could return after a hamstring issue of his own.
Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph remain out.
Arsenal duo Gabriel and Granit Xhaka are suspended for this game.
Hector Bellerin has completed his own ban and can return but Thomas Partey is still out.
Sead Kolasinac is unlikely to feature while Reiss Nelson could miss out too.
Everton v Arsenal: Match stats and facts
- Everton have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two home Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D1), last keeping three in a row at home to the Gunners between November 1966 and April 1969.
- Arsenal have won more Premier League games (34) and scored more Premier League goals (110) against Everton than they have versus any other opponent in the competition. Indeed, their 110 goals against the Toffees is more than any side has netted against another in Premier League history.
- Everton haven’t won their final league match before Christmas in any of their last six seasons (D2 L4) since a 2-1 win against Swansea City in December 2013.
- Since beating Fulham 3-0 on the opening day, Arsenal have scored just twice in their last five away league games (W1 D1 L3), failing to find the net in their last two. The Gunners last went three away league games without a goal in September 2017.
- Arsenal have lost eight of their last 12 Premier League matches kicking off at 5.30pm (W3 D1), although one of their wins in that time was a 5-1 victory over Everton in February 2018.
- Arsenal have won just 14 points from 13 Premier League games this season, their lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1974-75 (9 pts – assuming 3pts/win). Indeed, Arsenal have picked up just one win in their last nine Premier League games (W1 D2 L6).
- Since Mikel Arteta took charge of his first Arsenal game in December 2019, the Gunners have won more matches in cup competitions (14 of 17) than they have in the Premier League (13 of 33).
- Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has lost his last three matches against Arsenal in all competitions – in his managerial career, he has only lost four times in a row against an opponent once previously, doing so against Inter Milan between 2009 and 2018.
- Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in his four Premier League starts against Everton, though all of these goals have come at the Emirates.
- Everton’s Richarlison is looking to score in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2020, when the second game in this run came against Arsenal.