Soccer, Arsenal, Everton

Arsenal vs Everton Previewed

3/19/12 in Soccer   |   dazzblack   |   61 respect

Arsenal face a very tricky trip to Goodison Park on Wednesday against an Everton side that is still reeling from their 3-0 derby loss to Liverpool. Everton gave Arsenal a very tough time at the Emirates and we can expect a similarly hard fought game in the blue half of Merseyside. For the Gunners this is a very crucial match, one they must win. With Chelsea taking on City midweek, Arsenal have a real chance to extend their gap, consolidate the 4th place and keep the heat on Spurs for 3rd place.

Arsenal go into this fixture with a fairly positive history since Arsene Wenger took over the reins but Everton are a very tough team to beat at home and will fight tooth and nail to get a much needed victory. The key to this game is the midfield. Whoever of Alex Song, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini is able to control the midfield will no doubt control the game. I just hope the extra three days of rest will have rejuvenated the Arsenal team. I’m praying they go into this clash all guns blazing.

The main talking point for most Arsenal fans will be no doubt Theo Walcott. It looks as if they are waiting for him to play badly just to have a go at him. He will be the focus of the Arsenal attention and will be up against one of the best left backs in the PL. Leighton Banes will give him a very tough competition and Walcott needs to play at his very best to really cause havoc. Walcott had a great game against Newcastle, supplying the crosses for both the goals. He needs to show consistency in this match to get the fans off his back so some time. The kid has bags of potential and here’s hoping that the game against Newcastle was the start to a consistent future.

Gibbs is in my opinion the weakest link in the Arsenal defense and he will need to step up his game to contain Seamus Coleman. The Irishman is a very handful customer and will expose the Arsenal defense if Gibbs is not defensively disciplined. Both AC Milan and Newcastle were finding it easier to attack through the right giving Gibbs a hard time. The young English defender needs to sort out his bearings and needs to avoid running out of position. Coleman puts in really delicious crosses and Gibbs needs to shut him out for good.

The midfield battle between Song and Pienaar and Arteta and Fellaini will be the key to the whole game. Arteta will have to be at his physical best because Fellaini is very tenacious and likes to rough up opposition players. Arteta on the other hand might get tough love from the Everton supporters so he will have to be at his level best. His composure and passing ability will be key to the Arsenal defense to attack transition. Song, well, we all know he will do his job perfectly well.

Little needs to be said about both Robin van Persie and Tim Cahill. Both are amazing players but van Persie is a class above the rest. He will be looking to open the floodgates against Everton and extend his already impressive goals tally to unreachable.

This match looks great on paper. Let’s hope we get to see a great game as well. Arsenal FTW!
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