Arsene feeling the heat ahead of Gunners trip to Goodison
Arsene feeling the heat ahead of Gunners trip to Goodison

Arsenal face a make or break Premier League fixture against Everton at Goodison Park at lunchtime tomorrow.

The Gunners haven’t won a Premier League fixture since beating leaders Leicester City 2-1 on the 14th February.

Arsenal go into the weekend round of fixtures trailing Leicester City by eleven points. They are now six points behind second placed Tottenham Hotspur. And has left them looking over their shoulders at Manchester City, who are one point behind, and fifth placed West Ham United who are three points behind.

Arsenal haven’t finished outside of the top four in the Premier League since Wenger took over in September 1996. The season before under Bruce Rioch they came 6th.

Since Danny Welbeck’s last-minute winner on Valentine’s Day against Leicester City, the Gunners have exited the Champions League and the FA Cup.

The defeats in those competitions to Barcelona and Watford this week have turned up the pressure on Arsene Wenger and the players for tomorrow’s match.

Arsenal’s title challenge has faltered in recent weeks with the Gunners taking just 10 points from the last 27 available (W2 D4 L3).

The Gunners have also been struggling away from home winning just two of their last nine Premier League matches on the road (W2 D4 L3).

Arsenal have failed to win on their last three Premier League trips to Goodison Park (W0 D2 L1).

They can though take some comfort from Everton’s poor Premier League home record. The Toffees have won just one of their last eight Premier League games at Goodison Park (W1 D2 L5).

Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s match.

“I would say we have to go step by step,” Wenger said. “Let’s get back to winning habits first, that starts tomorrow… if we win tomorrow, we’ll see. That’s our target.

But at the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton.

Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.

It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.

We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.”

Wenger confirmed that Mathieu Flamini will miss the trip to Goodison Park, with the hamstring injury he picked up against Barcelona on Wednesday. He will be replaced in the squad by Calum Chambers. Wenger added that everybody else in the squad that faced Barcelona should be available, “We have a check-up this [Friday] morning, but all the other signs look quite positive.”