Arsenal are set to host Everton in match week 15 of the Premier League on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The Gunners are coming off a 4-0 away win at Wigan, in match week 14. Wigan started positively but two goals by Gunners in as many minutes just before the interval took the wind out of the Latics’ sails. Mikel Arteta gave them the lead and they doubled it when Thomas Vermaelen’s header found the target, off a corner. Thereafter, Arsenal’s dominance grew by the minute, and their persistence in the second half paid off on the hour when Gervinho scored his side’s third goal, and Van Persie who did not want to be left ot of the proceedings added a fourth barely 12 minutes from time with assistance from Theo Walcott.
In match week 14, Everton slumped to a shocking 1-0 home defeat to Stoke, on the back of a Robert Huth goal, on 15 minutes. The home side failed to convert their dominance into goals, in a week in which former Everton strikers, Yakubu Ayegbeni and Mikel Arteta, scored five goals, playing for Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal, respectively. An early scoring opportunity missed by Bilyaletdinov, off a Tony Hibbert cross, proved expensive, as the Potters scored in the first opportunity they had, and held on grimly, to run away winners. The goal transpired when Leighton Baines made a bad mistake following a corner kick taken by Stoke’s Dean Whitehead into the crowded Everton box; Robert Huth found the ball with his toe after he poked his foot out to despatch the ball into the back of Toffees’ net. Everton fans might have been disappointed by the refusal by referee Lee Mason to award the home side a penalty when Stoke goalkeeper Sorensen brought down Everton forward Tim Cahill, who had to be carried away on a stretcher.
Head to head, in the last 10 years, Arsenal and Everton have met in 20 league games, with the Gunners having won on 13 occasions with the Toffees winning on 3, and the remaining 4 matches ending in stalemates. The last time these teams met was in February 2011; that match hosted at the Emirates was won 2-1 by the hosts.
Arsenal have won 7, drawn 1 and lost the remaining 2 of their last 10 league matches, while Everton have won 4 and lost 6 of their last 10.
Currently in 5th place on the league table, the Gunners have hosted 7 home games, this season, winning 5, while drawing and losing one each of the remaining, while the Toffees, who are in 10th place have had 3 wins and 3 losses, in their 6 away games.
Arsenal’s starting eleven against Wigan: Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Clarindo Andre Santos, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Yao Gervinho
Everton’s starting eleven against Stoke: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Johnny Heitinga, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Tim Cahill, Apostolos Vellios
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