The reverse match between Arsenal and Everton famously had new managers Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta watching from the stands. The two newly appointed bossed were both about to take over following what finished an immensely boring draw. Since then Arsenal has been drawing quite a lot of matches, but with two wins on the spin, they might have turned a corner.
The Gunners clinched a potentially crucial 1-0 win away at Olympiakos’ on Thursday night. A result which came in the wake of their 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle last weekend. It seems the squad is now reaping the rewards of Mikel Arteta’s influence. The London outfit is unbeaten in nine competitive games now, winning five of them.
This puts them just seven points adrift of the Premier League top four. Perhaps not likely but not completely impossible either. There is still a lot of work to do, but Arsenal finally looks to be on the right track. Their form at the Emirates has started to improve too, with three wins and a draw from their last four competitive games. This following a dreadful spell of seven winless matches in front of their ever more frustrated home crowd.
Everton has also been showing massive signs of improvement under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has managed to pull them clear of the relegation battle and put them into contention for a top-four spot. They even sit one position above Arsenal and only five behind 4th place Chelsea.
That being said, the Toffees have had a relatively easy run of fixtures over the past couple of months. With seven of their last eight league games having been played against bottom-half teams, the worst is perhaps yet to come for Ancelotti and co. Speaking of which a series against a particular opponent rarely gets any worse than the one Everton has against Arsenal.
A stat is so poor that it is definitely worth taking into account as well. They have not beaten Arsenal in any of their last 23 Premier League visits. The last win came one legendary day back in 1996 at Highbury. 19 of these 23 games have ended in defeat for The Toffees. Considering Arsenal’s recent improvement, we simply can’t build a case for Everton here.