Arsenal fancied to continue dominance over Everton

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches and were punished for some glaring defensive errors in a 3-1 defeat by Swansea City on Tuesday.

Allardyce said: "A lot of things have been said about Theo - he hasn't reached his full potential and all that - but I don't know how you could say that after last season's performance - 30-plus games, 19 goals".

Sam Allardyce plans to take a back seat in the dressing room ahead of Everton's clash with Arsenal to allow former Gunner Theo Walcott to do the team talk.

I think Arsenal's glittering attack will shred a shaky Everton defence, just as it did in a 5-2 win at Goodison Park earlier in the season.

It has been an extremely busy transfer window for the Gunners with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang officially signing for a club record fee on deadline day, and Oliver Giroud moving to Chelsea.

'Imagine if Walcott scored two goals at the Emirates this weekend and Arsenal had not brought in anyone to replace him!' I did have to switch off from the excitement before the game. It makes no sense no matter how you slice it, and Big Sam's "left-footed player" explanation doesn't really provide much in terms of answers.




Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to make his league debut for Arsenal, but Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined with long-term injury concerns.

Aubameyang faces a late fitness test but is unlikely to be thrown straight into the starting XI.

Theo Walcott scored his first goals for Everton as they held on to beat Leicester for their first win in eight games, while Riyad Mahrez was left out of the visitors' matchday squad.

The character of the man is a great example for particularly the young players at Everton.

"Plus the respect they have for each other and the service he gave, probably was a factor".

The Toffees are still without the likes of Roberto Funes-Mori, Leighton Baines, James McCarthy and Maarten Stekelenburg, who are all long-term absentees.

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