By Bulldog Drummond
According to Physioroom, Aubameyang is ill, and will have a late fitness test. Jack Wilshere is also ill and likewise will have a late fitness test, and Danny Welbeck is out with a muscular injury. Everton are reported to have four injuries:
- McCarthy – broken leg
- Baines – muscle strain
- Stekelenburg – groin injury
- Funes Mori – carilage knee injury –
None of these players is given any chance of playing. The Guardian confirms the illness of Aubameyang and Wilshere.
We’ve played Everton 209 times and won 104, with 45 drawn and 60 lost. Across the last ten games the results look like this
|08 Mar 2014||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-1||FA Cup|
|06 Apr 2014||Everton v Arsenal||L||3-0||Premier League|
|23 Aug 2014||Everton v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|01 Mar 2015||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|18 Jul 2015||Everton v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League Asia Trophy|
|24 Oct 2015||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|19 Mar 2016||Everton v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|13 Dec 2016||Everton v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|21 May 2017||Arsenal v Everton||W||3-1||Premier League|
|22 Oct 2017||Everton v Arsenal||W||2-5||Premier League|
All of those games played at Arsenal Stadium had gone well for us, and of course we’ll remember the fun we had with the away game this season on 22 October. And in fact Everton have gone since January 1996 without a win at Arsenal. Here is the run
|20 Jan 1996||Arsenal v Everton||L||1-2||Premier League|
|1||19 Jan 1997||Arsenal v Everton||W||3-1||Premier League|
|2||03 May 1998||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-0||Premier League|
|3||08 Nov 1998||Arsenal v Everton||W||1-0||Premier League|
|4||16 Oct 1999||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-1||Premier League|
|5||21 Apr 2001||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-1||Premier League|
|6||11 May 2002||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-3||Premier League|
|7||23 Mar 2003||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|8||16 Aug 2003||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|9||09 Nov 2004||Arsenal v Everton||W||3-1||League Cup|
|10||11 May 2005||Arsenal v Everton||W||7-0||Premier League|
|11||19 Sep 2005||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|12||28 Oct 2006||Arsenal v Everton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|13||04 May 2008||Arsenal v Everton||W||1-0||Premier League|
|14||18 Oct 2008||Arsenal v Everton||W||3-1||Premier League|
|15||09 Jan 2010||Arsenal v Everton||D||2-2||Premier League|
|16||01 Feb 2011||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|17||10 Dec 2011||Arsenal v Everton||W||1-0||Premier League|
|18||16 Apr 2013||Arsenal v Everton||D||0-0||Premier League|
|19||08 Dec 2013||Arsenal v Everton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|20||08 Mar 2014||Arsenal v Everton||W||4-1||FA Cup|
|21||01 Mar 2015||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|22||24 Oct 2015||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|23||21 May 2017||Arsenal v Everton||W||3-1||Premier League|
Arsenal have scored 100 goals against Everton, the only club to do so against another Premier League team. And gone 23 matches without them winning. Time to make it number 24 I think.
So what do we know? Mr Wenger said of the transfer window, “I couldn’t do everything. I wanted to do more.
“I believe we have to find an internal solution to our defensive problems, and that means everyone putting more effort in. But overall I am happy with the way things went in the transfer market.”
On the BBC website Mark Lawrenson said, “Arsenal are eight points adrift of the top four but I don’t think their hopes of making a Champions League spot through their league position are over yet. I see them going on a run, because that is what Arsenal do.”
But here’s something that not many people know. Arsenal have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium in February. 17 have been won and 4 have been drawn. We have also won all eight Premier League home fixtures this season against teams below them in the table.
And one more factoid, we have have scored in the last 26 league games at the Emirates since a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough in October 2016.
Everton on the other hand have not won in seven games until the victory over Leicester in midweek. It was their only win against teams above them in the table. And to add to all this Large Sam has not won a game in 13 Premier League matches at Arsenal Stadium, and has lost the last eight in a row.
It is in fact Allardyce’s 500th game in the Premier League, and the old reprobate is the fifth to make it to 500. Arsene Wenger won his 500th match in charge, Harry Redknapp drew his, and Alex Ferguson and David Moyes both lost their match number 500.
Next up, the referee preview.
- Arsenal & the new guys v Everton and Theo. What’s gonna happen?
- Welcome Henrikh, Welcome Pierre-Emerick. The complete review of our new players.
- Arsenal v Tottenham; the team and some rather jolly recent history
- We are running out of referees, and the reason is the PGMO.
- Arsenal v Tottenham: the key fact the media won’t to tell you – and why they won’t
- Arsenal v Tottenham: different clubs, different managers, different successes
- Arsenal v Tottenham with clubs now getting more cards than they put in tackles!