Just over a week ago Arsenal were in control. They could have secured a place in the Premier League’s top four by beating North London rivals Tottenham with two games to spare, capping a decent season considering how they started. But that is certainly not the story anymore.
Arsenal lost the North London Derby to Tottenham, ceding control of the Champions League race and then lost 2-0 to Newcastle on Monday, allowing their rivals to open up a two-point gap going into the final day. That, plus Tottenham’s superior goal difference means Arsenal have to beat Everton on Sunday and hope Norwich City pull off a shock against Tottenham.
But what kind of Everton side will they face? The Toffees expended their energy on Thursday, coming from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park, sealing their Premier League safety. It means, for the first time in a long while, Everton come into a game with absolutely nothing riding on it, and there isn’t even the need to end the campaign on a high at home.
Everton do come into this game in good form, winning four of their past six matches that aided their safety, including a 1-0 victory over Chelsea and 2-1 win at Leicester – the latter coming away from home. But, again, will Everton be spent after their efforts and celebrations from Thursday? Only time will tell.
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Arsenal vs Everton match stats
Only two sides have been shown more than three red cards in the Premier League this season, and they meet at the Emirates. Arsenal’s discipline under Mikel Arteta has been a worry and they have received four red cards in the Premier League this season, but Everton are even worse with six – including five since Frank Lampard took charge in February.
In their search for Champions League football, Arsenal couldn’t have asked for a better opponent on the final day of the season. Everton have lost their final league game in four of the past five Premier League seasons, with just one draw in that run. At the same time, no team has won their final Premier League game more than Arsenal, who have recorded 20 victories.
6 December 2021 – Everton 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League
23 April 2021 – Arsenal 0-1 Everton – Premier League
19 December 2020 – Everton 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League
23 February 2020 – Arsenal 3-2 Everton – Premier League
21 December 2019 – Everton 0-0 Arsenal – Premier League
Everton have won their past three Premier League games against Arsenal, as many as they had managed in their previous 26 (seven draws and 16 defeats). The Toffees will be looking to win four league games in a row against Arsenal for just the second time in history, last doing so between November 1922 and April 1924.
Where are Arsenal tipped to finish this season?
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