By Saikat Mandal

4th Dec, 2021 | 6:00am

Michael Owen predicts Everton clash v Arsenal

Everton will face Arsenal in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Ahead of the game, Michael Owen has predicted a 1-1 draw between the two sides.

The Toffees are winless in their last eight games, but Owen feels they will avoid a defeat here.

“The pressure is well and truly on Rafa Benitez now. Everton’s form is poor but the performance against Liverpool was alarming. They do have a lot of injuries and the sooner they get Calvert-Lewin back the better,” wrote Owen for BetVictor.

“Mikel Arteta will have been disappointed to leave Old Trafford with nothing. Arsenal were a bit too passive after taking the lead and it will feel like a missed opportunity.

“This feels like a make-or-break game for Rafa Benitez.  I don’t think Everton will lose this; I’m going for a 1-1 draw.”

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Huge game

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The confidence in the team is absolutely shattered following their damaging 4-1 defeat against Liverpool.

On top of that, the Everton fans have vented their frustrations, with the message being bold and clear that such stooping to mediocrity is simply not acceptable.

Rafa Benitez still has got the backing of Farhad Moshiri, but the results need to improve.

Everton are still missing the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina, and Benitez has used the injuries as an excuse so far.

However, there is also suggestions that Benitez hasn’t done enough with the resources he has got.

Mikel Arteta’s side are aiming for the fourth position in the league, but they have their share of problems too.

At this moment, it looks really difficult from where the next win will come, but the players must give everything on the pitch against the Gunners.

In other Everton news, the Blues have green-lighted a stunning Blues star loan exit in January as this American-owned club plots a mid-season swoop.

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