Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in their first six Premier League and Europa League matches this season but they can end that sorry run against an Everton side that will still be reeling from last weekend’s dismal 3-1 home loss to West Ham United.
Unai Emery was unhappy to concede two late goals in the 4-2 Europa League victory against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday just five days after they had let in a stoppage-time goal in the 2-1 triumph at Newcastle United.
After losses to Chelsea and Manchester City to start the season, the Gunners have responded by beating Cardiff City, West Ham and the Magpies and, although they have conceded nine goals in five top-flight matches, there are signs that the players are coming to terms with Emery’s ideas.
Everton have a terrible recent record at Arsenal where they have not won in 24 attempts, losing no less than 20 of the encounters in a run stretching back to 1996.
Arsenal are available at 9/1 to record a 2-0 victory against Everton, who have only won three of their last 29 Premier League fixtures away from Goodison Park, although it may be worth a punt on Theo Walcott scoring at any time against his former club at 33/10.
West Ham will have been buoyed by their impressive victory at Everton and may be able to bring Chelsea’s five-match winning start to the Premier League campaign to an end.
The Hammers have a surprisingly good recent home record against Chelsea, winning three of the last four games in all competitions between the two teams.
Marko Arnautovic grabbed the only goal in the corresponding fixture last season while West Ham also managed to draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in April.
It could be a low-scoring London derby again with the odds on there being under 1.5 goals in the match available at 15/4.
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