Arsenal vs Everton: Premier League preview and predictions
A victory in their game in hand would take the Gunners five points clear of their rivals at the top-flight summit ahead of the weekend, when Arsenal then host lowly Bournemouth and City take on Newcastle.
Mikel Arteta’s side are back on track after a three-game wobble that started with a 1-0 loss at Goodison Park and was followed by a draw with Brentford and defeat by City, registering back-to-back away wins against Aston Villa and Leicester to restore that two-point cushion as the defending champions initially dropped points against Nottingham Forest before thrashing Bournemouth.
The win over Arsenal was some introduction to Everton for Sean Dyche, who also got a crucial win over Leeds in a six-pointer either side of a dismal Merseyside derby showing and home defeat by Villa last time out in which they spurned numerous big chances.
The Toffees are back in the relegation zone after other results went against them at the weekend and one point adrift of safety as things stand.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Everton is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off tonight, Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
The match will take place at Emirates Stadium in north London.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Everton
TV channel and live stream: This is a rearranged fixture that was originally due to take place in September, before the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It was not scheduled for live television broadcast in the UK then so, therefore, cannot be broadcast tonight.
Live blog: You can, however, follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at the ground.
Arsenal vs Everton team news
Arsenal remain without Gabriel Jesus, who continues to take on more workload at London Colney as he builds up to a return from knee surgery. Their only other known absentee at present is midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season with his own serious knee issue.
Thomas Partey returned from injury off the bench at Leicester and is now pushing to start as Arteta plots changes in a busy run of games.
Everton remain without winger Andros Townsend, and Dyche has confirmed striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not be fit to face Arsenal after a hamstring injury.
Scottish full-back Nathan Patterson has also been delayed in his return from knee trouble, though James Garner is closing in on a comeback in midfield.
Arsenal vs Everton prediction
This is a huge opportunity for Arsenal to create a bit of breathing space from City’s chase in a fierce title battle.
Everton will likely come to the Emirates and sit in, hoping to frustrate and earn a valuable point on the road that would lift them back out of the bottom three, with their inexplicable failure to sign a striker in January haunting them again versus Villa.
But Arsenal showed the sort of patience that will be crucial to breaking down such teams in the run-in during their narrow win at Leicester and know what it takes to persevere and gain revenge for that loss at Goodison.
It won’t be easy or likely pretty, but the Gunners have more than enough to prevail and open that gap to City to five points.
Arsenal to win, 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal have a poor recent record against Everton, losing four of the last five meetings including that 1-0 loss on Merseyside at the start of February.
They did hammer them 5-1 in their last match at the Emirates, however, on the final day of last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification regardless.
Arsenal wins: 109
Everton wins: 65
Arsenal vs Everton match odds
Arsenal to win: 1/3
Everton to win: 9/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).