Fine margins to end the Goodison ‘hoodoo’

It’s Everton away today, and everyone knows we have a record there that isn’t great. It’s 2017 since we last beat them away, and it’s one of those strange things about football given how good we are when we play them at home.

Mikel Arteta was asked by Sky how he judged Arsenal’s season so far, and he feels like we should have 12 points rather than 10, which is hard to argue with. As ever he says there are things to improve, things to do better, and he said:

The margins, they’ve been too small and probably that’s the thing that we have to do better to kill games earlier. We have the dominance that we have shown already … be more ruthless.

I think that applies especially well to recent visits to Goodison Park. I remember a Martin Odegaard chance, not a sitter by any means but a decent sight of goal, that he fired over last season. Almost immediately Everton got the only goal of the game. The season before that, Eddie Nketiah had a chance to put us ahead before we fell victim to a brilliant winner from Demarai Gray. I think we even had a late chance to equalise in that 2-1 game, but Aubameyang missed. Margins.

It’s about time we won away at Everton, and to be fair we’ve overcome some poor records fairly recently. So, it will be interesting to see today’s team. Part of me wonders if Takehiro Tomiyasu might be the right choice for left-back for an away game like this, but if we’re going to go there and take the game to them, it’s likely to be Oleksandr Zinchenko in a back four that would be unchanged from Man Utd.

I don’t see any change in midfield, with Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Martin Odegaard. Obviously it would be a very good day for the German international to make a real mark, whether that’s with a goal or an assist, but playing a good part in an Arsenal victory would be fine by me as a baseline. A goal contribution of some kind would certainly ease some of the pressure on him though.

Then there’s the decision about how to…

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