PREVIEW | Arsenal vs Everton
Everton takes on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in a game that means absolutely nothing for the Toffees.
For Arsenal, this is the last roll of the dice to try and secure Champions League football for next season.
For Frank Lampard’s blues, this will be a relaxing Sunday’s rest, with the Toffees still recovering from that euphoric late win against Crystal Palace under the lights at Goodison Park.
A win that confirmed Everton’s place in the Premier League next season.
A Winnable Game?
Everton will look the far more relaxed side coming into this final match with nothing to play for.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will see this as a massive game to potentially put themselves in the running for one of the biggest club trophies on the planet.
It’s a game where anything could happen.
For Frank Lampard, with the pressure off, it seems potentially a good opportunity for the Everton manager to showcase a more tactical approach to the game.
Possibly a teaser of something we might get to see next season.
For Mikel Arteta, it’s an all or nothing affair. They have to win, which inadvertently might make them more exposed for Everton to nick something.
Much Needed Rest
After the display against Crystal Palace on Thursday night, it’s hardly unimaginable to think that many players will have played their final game for this season.
The core group of Everton players have shown unbelievable resilience to stay determined and keep Everton in the Premier League.
Thus, It will be interesting to see who Lampard decides to put out in the final game.
Players who have yet to have their moment this season, such as Tom Davies, may get their chance on the last day, now that we’re safe from relegation.
One To Watch – Dele Alli
The ex-Tottenham midfielder had an outstanding 2nd half last time out and surely has proven to Lampard his potential for next season.
Alli has history going up against the Gunners and will indeed be motivated to do a number on his ex-rivals with Everton.
There’s a player in there. A top player that needs the right kind of management in order to prosper. Lampard can be that manager.
One To Watch – Gabriel Martinelli
Martinelli really feels like a player on the verge of a breakout.
We’ve seen glimpses throughout Arsenal’s campaign of his potential, and many might feel that next season could be his season.
The 20-year-old Brazilian forward is still a young and upcoming prospect for Arsenal but already looks to be a heck of a talent.
The forward felt like a missing piece last time out against Newcastle when Arteta decided not to put him in the starting 11.
Everton will undoubtedly have trouble containing him with his rapid speed and ability to press defenders effectively.
This has been a hard-fought campaign. A season that has been miserable to follow. With Lampard at the wheel, let’s hope for better times ahead and win to end the season.