All is not well at Goodison Park and with every passing game Rafael Benitez appears to be edging closer to the door, pushed by unhappy Everton fans. It’s easy to see why the Toffees faithful have started to turn on the former Liverpool boss, with Everton now winless in their last eight Premier League matches, losing six. In midweek there was a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of rivals Liverpool which has Everton 14th, just five points clear of the relegation zone after 14 matches. All of this came after Everton had started the season brightly, winning four of their opening six league matches. Benitez has been backed by the owner, but another poor result here could set him on the brink.
Such is the lack of popularity of Benitez at Goodison Park, the away manager on Monday may get a better reception than the current Toffees boss. Mikel Arteta had a lovely spell with Everton as a player but will now be looking to hurt the fans that once chanted his name, in trying to get Arsenal back on track. After pushing themselves up the table to fifth, Arsenal have hit a mini slump, losing two of their past three games. A heavy defeat to Liverpool was perhaps to be expected, but the 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Thursday was seen by many as an extremely disappointing result given the form of the two sides. Now, Arsenal are just two points clear of eighth-placed Wolves and looking less certain in their fight for a Champions League spot.
Everton vs Arsenal: Match Stats
Emile Smith Rowe is the man of the moment for Arsenal and has scored six goals in his last 11 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, including one in the defeat to Man Utd.
Everton have failed to score in four of their past seven Premier League games, including three in a row before Demarai Gray found the net against Liverpool. Arsenal have also kept a clean sheet in four of their past eight league matches.
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
7 April 2019 – Everton 1-0 Arsenal – Premier League
Everton have been surprisingly dominant in this fixture of late, winning three of the past five meetings including a league double over Arsenal last season. However, the Gunners still hold the historic edge, with 108 victories to Everton’s 63.