Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to face Everton this weekend in a fixture that appeared to derail the Gunners last term.
Although Arsenal have won a total of 103 games against the Toffees and have only been defeated 60 times, Goodison Park hasn’t made the most pleasant away trip in recent years.
There was that mortifying 3-0 thrashing in April 2014, the same season we also got thumped by Manchester City (6-3), Liverpool (5-1) and Chelsea (3-0); there was the 2-2 in August 2014 when we had to fight back from going 2-0 down in the first half.
And, of course, there was last season. When Arsene Wenger’s side went to Everton second in the Premier League and lost 2-1, potentially triggering our #DownwardSpiral.
This time, Arsenal are in sixth while Ronald Koeman’s men are struggling in 15th.
Without the human goal machine that is Romelu Lukaku, they’ve only managed to net five this season.
What’s more, Everton are currently without Ross Barkley (hamstring), Yannick Bolasie (ACL), Seamus Coleman (leg fracture), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee surgery), Aaron Lennon (muscular problem) and James McCarthy (lacking match fitness).
On the other hand, Arsenal have Santi Cazorla (ankle), Calum Chambers (hip) and Danny Welbeck (groin) out of action.
Here’s how the teams line up:
Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Vlasic, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Martina, Niasse, Klassen, Davies, Lookman
Arsenal: Cech, Kos, Mertesacker, Monreal, Ramsey, Xhaka, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette
Subs: Macey, Holding, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2017
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