Wounded from their defeat against Monaco in the Champions League, Arsenal, will be bidding to return to winning ways when they host Everton on Sunday. To watch Arsenal take on Everton, free online live stream link is mentioned at the end of this article.
Like Arsenal, Everton too had their European commitment during midweek but unlike Arsenal they had ruthlessly dismantled their Swiss opponent over the two legs.
Despite the victory in the Europa League, Everton manager Roberto Martínez will be more concerned about a European hangover. The Toffee’s have only been able to defeat relegation-threatened sides, Burnley and QPR, from the seven Premier League games in the weekend post their Europa League action.
Over in the Premier League, Everton have struggled to win matches and have picked up only eleven points from their last 14 Premier League games. While Arsenal, smarting from their defeat, is expected to come out all guns blazing and it will interesting to see how long Everton can frustrate before Arsenal do manage to score. If Everton do manage to keep the scoreline goalless till the 70th minute, they might begin to think of nicking a result.
But everything depends on the enigma that is Romelu Lukaku. Since Everton’s tactics became more direct, Lukaku has been nearing his rampaging best with eight goals in 10 matches. Lukaku himself will be hoping to break the duck of not being able to score against a top-seven side with a goal against Arsenal.
The Everton fans too will be anxiously waiting for the fitness news of Lukaku, who was withdrawn in the second half against BSC Young Boys, as they pin their hopes for a victory against Arsenal for the first time in eighteen years. Arsenal on the other hand is expected to rest Per Mertesacker after his horrendous performance against Monaco. Gabriel Paulista is expected to take his place in defence.
Per Mertesacker, though, wasn’t the only culprit in Arsenal’s defeat. Olivier Giroud was equally responsible who missed quite a few guilt-edged chances which should have drawn Arsenal level. Unlike Mertesacker, Giroud should be given a chance to atone for his mistake but only due to his inspired run of eight goals in 12 games which merits a place despite his profligacy on Wednesday.
Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck too will need to sort out their differences as they were quite narrow and made it quite to easy for their opponents to defend.
Everton shouldn’t forget about Theo Walcott, who is expected to play a part in the game, and his electric pace will be used to get in behind the defence. Though Everton have a speedster of their own in Aaron Lennon who will be expected to do the same after being rested due to being cup-tied in midweek.
Arsenal though will still be missing Jack Wilshire, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini due to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. While Everton will be missing Steven Pienaar and Gareth Barry due to knee injury and suspension. John Stones will make his return for Everton after his suspension.
The match between Arsenal and Everton will be shown live and exclusively on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2 in India on Sunday 1st March from 07:35 pm IST. The match will also be shown by Fox Sports 4 in Australia while BT Sports 1 will telecast it in the United Kingdom. NBCSN will telecast the match in the United States.
The free online live stream link for the match between Arsenal vs Everton is mentioned below:
The link will be provided 2 hours before the game