Arsenal have to respond
Every great team faces disappointments, its how they respond to setbacks that sets them apart from the rest. Monaco was a huge disappointment but Arsenal have to move on. Everton is a massive game and despite our European debacle our league form has been quite good and we have to maintain that. As Arsene Wenger said in his post-Palace interview Arsenal have fought like mad to be in this position. The Gunners mustn’t let their heads drop and lose their focus on the domestic front. We find it tough to beat Everton even when things are well and coming on the back of such a farce we need special strength from somewhere to beat the Toffees. Let’s believe Arsenal can gather their strength.
Open up a gap
With Liverpool playing City and Spurs engaged in the League Cup final, we have to put pressure on the chasing pack. By the time we play Everton we would have already known the results of Liverpool and United. Only a win would suffice and given that we meet United in the FA Cup next Monday it’s important that we go to Old Trafford ahead of them. It might just be a psychological advantage for us. Southampton have gone off the boil but Spurs and Liverpool are out of Europe so all their focus will be on the league. It’s up to us to defeat the Toffees and lay down a marker that we will not buckle under pressure. Win and open up a gap or lose and the situation gets a bit uglier and more stressful.
It’s a home game….
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Everton at home is a game we have to win all season long even when there is no stake riding on it. While Everton are a good side, there’s no doubt that Arsenal are better in almost every department. That said it’s two years since we defeated Everton at home and last season even though I hate to say they outplayed us at the Emirates earning a well deserved 1-1 draw. Roberto Martinez went on to say that it was the best result since he took over at the Merseyside club. Arsenal have to be at their best.
On Wednesday boos rang out at full time and given what happened it was well deserved. If things don’t go right tomorrow, it could be more than just boos and groans.