By Amir Mir
Michael Owen has stated that Everton will need to “defend better” if they are to stand a chance against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.
Ronald Koeman’s side welcome the north London club to Merseyside for a mouth-watering Premier League fixture.
The Toffees were beaten 3-2 at Watford at the weekend, leaving them without a league win since October.
By contrast Arsene Wenger’s side have won three out of their last five league fixtures as they sit in second place in the table, three points behind leaders Chelsea.
Former Liverpool striker gave his thoughts on the midweek fixture as he backed both sides to get on the scoresheet.
“The Blues have only won one of their last eighteen against Arsenal and the Gunners are looking for a 12th win in the PL at Goodison Park,” Owen wrote in his Bet Victor column.
“Everton will have to defend better than they did at Vicarage Road to stand any chance against a rampant Arsenal, but I wouldn’t write off the hosts in another game where I expect to see goals.”
Koeman will be hoping his star striker Romelu Lukaku, who hit a brace during their last league defeat, will be on song for this crucial match.
Despite Everton’s inconsistent performances this season, the Belgian has been in brilliant form in front of goal, scoring nine goals in 14 league matches.
Lukaku will have to match the Gunners man in form, Alexis Sanchez, who has netted 11 goals in 15 league games, including hitting a hat-trick the last time he was on the road.
A defeat for the Toffees could see them drop into the bottom half of the table, while Arsenal can leapfrog Chelsea at the top, with Antonio Conte’s men travelling to Sunderland on Wednesday night.
In other Everton news, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated why the Toffees are such a difficult opponent.