Currently, the Gunners lead the table by two points and a win against Everton could extend that lead to five points over Manchester City.
Arsenal has been dominant on their home turf this season, making it a difficult task for Everton to secure a victory. Everton have managed to gain six points from their opening four games under Sean Dyche, including a 1-0 win over Arsenal in his first game at Goodison Park. However, Everton’s struggles on the road for the past two seasons have contributed to their current position in the relegation battle.
To have any chance of success against Arsenal, Everton will be looking for any possible advantage. Additionally, the Gunners could be missing four players for the match. Gabriel Jesus has been out of action since suffering a knee injury during the World Cup, while Mohamed Elneny is absent due to a similar issue.
Furthermore, Emile Smith Rowe and Jakub Kiwior played for Arsenal’s under-21s in a loss against Chelsea on Monday night, and Arteta will need to assess their fitness levels before deciding whether they can play against Everton. There are also doubts about midfielder Thomas Partey’s readiness for the match, as he has not trained much ahead of Everton’s visit.
Arteta said at his pre-match press conference:
“He hasn’t trained much. He had a session and he will train today. It is what it is. He was out for a few weeks and he needs to get back into the rhythm.”