Arsene Wenger isn’t sure if it’s a good time to play Everton or not.
Everton aren’t in the best of shape ahead of Arsenal’s visit on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman’s side have won just twice in the Premier League so far, and recently dropped points against Brighton and Burnley.
They’ve also struggled in the Europa League, taking just a single point from their first three group stage matches.
Their most recent defeat came at home to Lyon on Thursday. The French side secured a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Nabil Fekir and Bertrand Traore.
It looks like a good time to be playing them, but Wenger isn’t so sure.
“We are in the position as well where we want to strengthen our position in the league. After a negative result, we want to respond very quickly,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Is it a good or a bad time to play Everton? I can give you the answer at the end of the game.
“Before the game you never know how difficult the game will be, but you prepare to give your best and you prepare in your mind to play against a team who will play well.”
Last season, Arsenal visited Everton when they weren’t in the best of form, yet lost the game 2-1.
The season before, Ronald Koeman’s Southampton were in very poor form before a home game against Arsenal. They won 4-0.
There are certainly plenty of reasons for Arsenal to be wary of an Everton resurgence on Sunday.
The Gunners haven’t been in the best form themselves, and will need to put in a much better performance if they’re to get the win.
The team should be keen to put the Watford defeat behind them and claim their first away win in the league this season.