Arsenal Vs Everton Football Score Match 4 February 2023
Arsenal Vs Everton Football Score Match 4 February 2023
Arsenal should have Jorginho available to make his debut against Everton on Saturday if Thomas Partey fails to recover from injury in time. The new £12million signing from Chelsea is expected to be registered in time for the trip to Goodison Park with the Premier League requiring updated squad registrations by Thursday. Mikel Arteta is unlikely to disrupt his regular starting line-up unless he has to, but concerns over Partey’s fitness could force him into a change.
The Arsenal midfielder picked up a rib injury in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester City but is understood to be winning his race to play at Everton. Elsewhere, the Gunners will be without Mohamed Elneny following his operation on a knee injury. Gabriel Jesus (knee) and Reiss Nelson (hamstring) remain absent. Emile Smith Rowe missed the trip to Manchester after picking up a thigh problem but could return this weekend, with Arteta to provide a full squad injury update in Friday’s press conference. It will be interesting to see who fills out Arsenal’s squad, which is now smaller than before transfer deadline day after the departures of Cedric Soares, Marquinhos and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.
It’s a Premier League meeting pitting two teams at opposite ends of the table, and perhaps the 2022-23 fate of each side was foreshadowed in Arsenal’s four-goal win over Everton back in May. Arsenal are now setting the pace at the top with a five-point advantage over Manchester City, while Everton are languishing in 19th with just goal difference keeping them off the bottom and ahead of Southampton.
Despite having played a game more than the Gunners, Everton have less than a third of their points tally in 2022-23 (15 vs. 50), and this was enough for the Toffees’ board to sack Frank Lampard and replace him with former Watford and Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Dyche has a monumental task on his hands to preserve Everton’s top-flight league status – one that’s been constant since 1953-54 – but having kept Burnley in the competition with arguably less resources at his disposal in five different Premier League seasons, it’s a task he’s proven adequate at solving.
Mikel Arteta has no such worries at Arsenal. The Spaniard has guided his team to the summit of the Premier League with the youngest team in the competition across 2022-23. On average, the Gunners’ starting XI has been aged just 24 years and 241 days old. Arteta, a former Everton player with 174 league appearances at the club, has impressed everyone with his high-intensity style and ruthless attacking football in the 2022-23 competition.
He’ll be looking to guide Arsenal to their 100th league win over Everton since the English Football League began in 1888. Their current 99-win tally is already an EFL record for one team versus a single opponent, but reaching the century would be a nicely rounded landmark.
Despite their historically strong record against Everton, somewhat surprisingly, their recent form against the Merseyside club has been poor.
Everton have won three of their last four Premier League games against Arsenal (L1), as many as they had in their previous 26 against them (D7 L16). They have won their last two home games against the Gunners at Goodison Park and could win three in a row in the home fixture for the first time since 1977-78.
However, their historic record against teams leading the Premier League has been extremely poor. Everton have faced Premier League leaders (on the day of the game) on 44 different occasions since the competition began in 1992 and won just three of those encounters (D9 L32): 2-1 against Arsenal in October 2002, 1-0 against Chelsea in February 2010 and 1-0 against Manchester City in April 2012.
Arsenal have scored at least five goals on five separate occasions in Premier League games against Everton, including a 5-1 victory in their last meeting – no side has scored 5+ goals against another in the competition more often. Arsenal ended the 2021-22 Premier League season in style, with an emphatic 5-1 victory in front of their own fans at the Emirates Stadium on the final day. Those five goals took Arsenal’s total Premier League tally against Everton to 117 overall, which is the competition record for one team against another, while it was their 35th Premier League win against the Toffees – the joint-most they have secured against any other club since 1992, alongside their 35 wins against West Ham.
The Gunners’ total of 4.27 expected goals is more than they have posted in all 116 of their Premier League matches under Arteta, and it was their third highest when limiting that to non-penalty shots (3.48). Their tally of 374 completed passes in the opposition half was also the highest in a Premier League game during Arteta’s reign, while their 73.7% possession was the third highest, further showing the absolute dominance on the day in north London.
Gabriel Martinelli scored a penalty in this 5-1 win, which meant Arsenal became the first side in Premier League history to have two scorers of a penalty in a season aged younger than 21 (Martinelli & Bukayo Saka). Midfielder Martin Ødegaard’s goal meant he scored both home and away against Everton in the Premier League last season – the last Arsenal player to score in three consecutive appearances against the Toffees in the competition was Aaron Ramsey between 2014 and 2018 (four in a row).
Eddie Nketiah also scored for Arsenal in the 5-1 rout – he’s scored in two of his four Premier League starts against Everton, although both goals came at the Emirates Stadium.