Seriously, Everton, the Totts and Manchester United can catch us, even overtake us and nab that 4th, and last Champions League place!
We have to be focussed, we have to be united and we have to be strong. Certainly a lot stronger than we have been since Christmas.
Yes we can moan about injuries, we can moan about refereeing decisions in fact we can moan about anything we choose can’t we, as long as it makes us feel better and helps to brush away the the reality. That reality is that we are where we are right now because of Arsene Wenger, the club, and of course the players….
But we’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt, now it’s all about putting every last bit of effort into each and every remaining fixture we have and that starts today!!
The manager needs to get his selection right, he needs to send the right players out onto the pitch in the right frame of mind and get them playing the right way to win this football match.
And the players he selects, need to give everything they have within from start to finish!!
Aaron Ramsey is back which really is good news. Whether he starts or not remains to be seen but just knowing a player who was hugely influential to our great run up until Christmas is fit and ready to play again, is just what the team and us fans needed to hear.
Kieran Gibbs is a doubt but these days that is not such an issue because behind him is a fit Nacho Monreal.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is expected to be fit despite suffering an injury against Fulham last week. Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar remain on the injured list.
- Everton are without a win in their last 14 matches in all competitions against Arsenal.
- The last three league meetings have all been drawn.
- Everton’s last victory over the Gunners came at Goodison Park in March 2007 (1-0).
Everton are having a really good season. They have won their last five league games, their longest winning run since November 2002 and no team has lost fewer games in the Premier League this season than them. Added to that, they have only suffered one home defeat during this seasons campaign!
Mind you, so have we!!
We’ve had a torrid time of late, winning just three of our last 10 Premier League games (W3, D4, L3).
We have been pretty average, no, make that dreadful away from home having been battered very early on at both Anfield and Stamford Bridge but today that has to change. Martinez will have watched both of those games and no doubt he will tell his players to get at us from the off. We have to be ready for that early bombardment and deal with it. Not just roll over and fade away.
No more early kick off excuses and no more turning up and not being ready to fight either.
We have a great group of players, and today those players need to fight tooth and nail to get a result and they can do just that.
If they really want to…..