With Arsenal having endured a frustrating draw at home to Fulham last time out, there is an ever-increasing chance that the Gunners finish around midtable in the Premier League this season.
The side sit in ninth place in the table and with just six games left in the season, the hopes of a European finish is fast evaporating and punters looking ahead to using their promo code euro 2020 in the summer.
However, with Champions League football via the Europa League very much alive and kicking, the league outings can still prove to be massive confidence boosts ahead of the crucial European games.
Just look at what the Sheffield United result did for the team’s confidence ahead of the second leg of their Europa League tie versus Slavia Prague last week.
This week, the north London outfit are taking on the inconsistent Everton, who have blown hot and cold under Carlo Ancelotti in recent weeks. The Blues have won three, lost two and drawn three of their last eight Premier League games during a spell which has seen them fall out of contention for the top-four.
Mikel Arteta’s men are boosted for the clash with the latest team news revealing that Martin Odegaard has returned to light training. But they were also handed a bitter blow with both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out due to a hamstring injury and malaria respectively.
With the team news throwing up a tricky scenario for the Arteta, it will be interesting to see who he trusts to start as the number nine of such a big game. Eddie Nketiah was trusted to come off the bench and rescue the Gunners during last Sunday’s game and should start tomorrow.
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However, despite everything, there needs to be an increase in quality with the Reds desperately needing to find some consistency ahead of their semi-final tie versus Villareal.
Since going five games unbeaten back across February/March, the Gunners have won two, lost two and drawn three games in all competitions. Their inability to produce similar displays like their victory over Slavia Prague last week is probably why the outfit sit in such a shocking position in the top-flight.
With Unai Emery awaiting next week, there is massive pressure on the Emirates Stadium giants to build some confidence ahead of their crucial outing in Spain. The Gunners need a good performance against Everton to ensure they go all the way in Europe this year.