Paul Merson predicts result of Everton clash against Arsenal
Everton suffered their seventh defeat of the campaign at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday (December 1), and Paul Merson sees them losing to Arsenal.
The Toffees host Arsenal on Monday (6 December) and while Rafa Benitez cannot afford to see his side lose again, the Sky Sports pundit has predicted a 2-1 win for the Gunners in his Sportskeeda column.
Merson expects the North Londoners to leave Goodison Park with all three points given the way they have won against teams outside of the top-seven.
He wrote: “At the start of the Premier League season, the teams that we all thought would finish in the top four were Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United, in no particular order. Arsenal have lost to all these teams. The way Everton are playing at the moment, however, Arsenal will back themselves this weekend.
“I think Rafael Benitez has about 90 minutes left at Goodison Park. When I played in the Premier League, Everton was one of the hardest places to win a match. The place was three-quarters empty this week, and Everton fans are clearly not having any more of Benitez.
“Arsenal were unlucky the other day, and I thought they missed too many chances against United. They need to come back and win this game – they’ve been beating the teams they should be beating this season, and I think they’ll be able to turn the screws on Everton.”
The Toffees did not stand a chance against Liverpool despite trailing 2-1 heading into the break in their 4-1 defeat, but they should give Arsenal a run for their money.
Mikel Arteta’s men are not at their devastating best as they have lost five league games already this term and scored the same number of goals (17) as Everton.
They have conceded just four goals less than the Blues, and while they are favourites on Monday, Benitez will be looking for ways to get a much-needed win.
The fans are beginning to call for his head after six defeats and two draws in the last eight games, and anything apart from victory against Arsenal will not go down well with them.
The Toffees boss could be sacked if the results do not improve soon, and that is the last thing he needs right now.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still out, but they could have Yerry Mina back for the clash, and that could be a huge defensive boost capable of getting them something against the Gunners.