Arsenal v Everton Betting Tips – 3rd February 2018
What can you say about Arsenal’s performance against Swansea on Tuesday night? The Gunners took the lead against the run of play but it was downhill from then on as a collection of defensive howlers saw the Gunners lose 3-1.
That was just the latest in a string of subpar performances from Arsenal away from home. Thankfully, they’ve only lost one game at home so far this season so are still in the hunt for the top four.
The Gunners also had some good news on Wednesday with the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Özil’s decision to commit his long term future to the club.
Strengthening Arsenal’s attack is welcomed by the fans but if they continue to ship goals they’ll continue to fall short of expectations.
Everton are the next team up for Arsenal on Saturday evening and, on the back of a positive 2-1 win over Leicester, the Toffees will be confident of exploiting yet more shoddy defending from Arsene Wenger’s men.
Arsenal’s Home Form to See Them Through
Sam Allardyce may not be open to the levels of animosity and criticism that Wenger gets from the Arsenal fans but it’s fair to say that he has a lot of work to do to win over the Everton faithful.
The manner of the Toffee’s win over Leicester was important, therefore. The team finally played the sort of attacking, positive football that the Goodison Park faithful expect with Seamus Coleman and Theo Walcott striking up a particularly fruitful partnership down the right hand side.
But don’t expect Everton fans to get overly excited. They’ve already seen far too much of Allardyce’s negative approach to away matches to be confident about their chances on Saturday.
Everton have just one away win to their name this season whereas Arsenal have lost just once in the league at the Emirates.
Nervous they may be, but the Arsenal fans should be happy come the final whistle so we recommend backing the home side at 33/100 with Marathonbet.
Will Everton be Toothless on Their Travels Once Again?
Allardyce bristles at suggestions that his approach is overly defensive. He’d much rather see his style of management characterised as pragmatic but time and time again that results in his teams being happy to settle for a point away from home.
There are some grounds where that approach tends to bear fruit but the Emirates is not one of them.
If Everton sit back and try only to limit space for Arsenal to operate in there’s every chance that they’ll end up on the wrong end of a big defeat just like they were against Tottenham a few weeks ago.
A lack of attacking intent only makes it more likely that Arsenal will dominated possession and be able to create chances. With the knowledge that they need to win over the fans and with recent world class attacking reinforcements, Arsenal should be backed to score over 2.5 goals at 5/4 with Betfair.
Such an approach would also strengthen Arsenal’s chances of keeping a clean sheet which is available at 10/11 with Ladbrokes.
Aubameyang/Mkhitaryan Partnership to Flourish from the Start
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said all the right things after completing his move from Borussia Dortmund. Among the normal platitudes about what a big club Arsenal are came genuine delight about linking up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan once again.
The two formed a formidable duo at Dortmund and Arsenal fans are hopeful they can rekindle their partnership at the Emirates.
Given the lack of time Everton have had to prepare for the match following the midweek fixtures, the Aubameyang/Mkhitaryan partnership could well get the better of the Toffees.
Although Aubameyang is the striker, it’s Mkhitaryan who offers the best value for a first goalscorer bet at 23/5 with 888Sport.