Midfielder set to leave in January. 3 in 7 as two in form sides go head to head….

Morning all.

Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott joined Arsene Wenger for a visit to a ground-breaking new Teenage Cancer Trust facility that has been supported with funding by The Arsenal Foundation.

Speaking about the impact of Arsenal’s contribution, Siobhan Dunn, Teenage Cancer Trust chief executive, said:

The opening of this unit wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the incredible support of partners such as Arsenal and we are truly grateful. This partnership has also been about much more than just raising money for us and today’s visit from Arsène and the players has given a huge boost to our young patients.

Sometimes it’s all so easy to forget how much our club does….

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/thearsenalfoundation or text AFCF12 and your donation (e.g. £3) to 70070.

To find out more about the Foundation’s work, visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation

Arsenal’s dedicated match day for The Arsenal Foundation takes place against Everton today.

Yesterdays results mean we have a chance to pull another 3 points clear of Chelsea after their loss to Stoke, and 2 from Man City who could only manage a draw at Southampton.

The red side of Manchester lost again at Old Trafford and bearing in mind the rumours about RvP wanting out, I just had to share this picture Scott sent me yesterday.

Ever wish you'd stayed put Robin?

I might be a celebrity but get me out of here..!

I read that Alex Song will be on the move in January too. Some moves don’t work out do they? Ha!

Enough of them, they left and Arsene Wenger replaced them with players who do want to be at Arsenal and do believe we are a club on the up. Just how far up we go remains to be seen……

According to The Mirror, Emmanuel Frimpong won’t be part of our future though, they suggest he’s been told he is free to leave as his contract will not be extended.

Onto today, our first match of three in just seven days. Today we’re up against an Everton side who are in fine form and playing good football under Martinez.

  • Everton are on a seven-match unbeaten Premier League run (W4, D3).
  • The Toffees have lost only one game in the league this season (away to Manchester City), the fewest in the division.
  • Roberto Martinez’s men have kept three away clean sheets in a row for the first time since May 2009; they last bettered this run with a five-match streak at the end of the 1994-95 season and the start of the 1995-96 campaign.
  • Everton defenders have scored six goals this season, more than any other club.

Like I said, they are playing well and are on a very good run.

Everton don’t like conceding goals, other than to Liverpool but things like that can happen during a feisty derby and we have to keep an eye on their defenders on set-pieces as they clearly like to score.

They’ll come to us full of confidence having beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford but it was back in January 1996 when Everton last won at our ground. Of course back then it was Highbury and before Arsene Wenger was the manager..

Like Everton, we are on a good run too. We haven’t lost or drawn at home in the league since day one of this seasons campaign and we haven’t conceded a goal at home since the 19th October when we beat Norwich 4-1! So we’re good. Very good.

But…

We have to start taking more of our chances because one day, it’s going to bite us on the butt.

Bacary Sagna misses out again today so Car Jenkinson will continue to deputise. Other than that, everyone else who was in the squad in midweek are fit and raring to go.

Olivier Giroud should walk straight back into the first eleven, as no doubt will Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs but as for the rest, well thank goodness Arsene Wenger has to make that decision as it can’t be easy, especially in midfield where we have so much talent and experience.

Right now we are looking pretty darn good and all without really playing our best.

I’m not sure just why that is though. Maybe, and I don’t want to sound disrespectful to the clubs we have played of late, our matches have felt like they are a bit too easy for the players and they haven’t needed to up their game and to be honest, what’s the point in doing more during a game than they need to?

I always feel that this current crop of players have 2/3 more gears to go up if they need to and today, they’ll need to…….

This is a big game, it’s a game where the big players need to come alive and produce a top class performance. It’s a game where every player has to come alive and produce a top class performance.

We have the players and if they play the way we know they can then I think we’ll be too strong for Everton.

Let’s hope for a good day Gooners…

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