OK, we know that Everton have won their last three Premiership games.
And beaten Millwall 1-0 in the FA Cup to earn a home tie against Chelski on January 28
But Arsenal have to win this match.
When the sides last met Arsenal should have won 5-0 but it was only 2-0 with Freddie hitting the bar and van Persie hitting the post.
Sol Campbell scored with two headers from corners by Reyes.
With five assists against Middlesbrough, Reyes has the accuracy to make goals from set-pieces.He can place a ball as well as whack a ball and he can pinpoint through passes.
Henry has the skills to provide three or four moments of penetration in 90 minutes.
SO I’M EXPECTING ARSENAL TO WIN.
I’m not worried about having Lauren at left back or any other excuses.
They have enough bottle, enough technical ability and enough athletic power to beat Everton at Goodison, where the crowd will be pretty pumped up after the recent upturn by David Moyes’s side.
There can be no excuses.
Arsenal have better players and MUST beat Everton.
RECENTLY I’ve not been writing previews because Friday and Saturday have become my busiest days.
We know that Sol Campbell is playing and that Diaby will be on the bench.
Arsenal have lost at Middlesbrough and WBA and that is not good enough. 2006 is here and there are new challenges and this group of players is strong enough to beat Everton.
THEO WALCOTT signed for an initial £5 million, as expected.
MARTIN KEOWN will be teaching Diaby how to tackle harder.
He did similar work with Vieira when he first arrived, according to a Mirror story by my old pal John Cross.