Will the losing streak continue?
Arsenal lost 1-2 to Everton in the 2021/2022 season and when the race ended, they were 1 point short of qualifying for the Champions League. Last year, The Toffees once again had to fight to stay relegated but were still able to beat Mikel Arteta’s team in Sean Dyche’s first match in charge.
If there was one match that epitomized Arsenal’s late-season struggles over the past two seasons, it was this clash with their opponents. In the 2021/22 season, Arsenal led 1-0, but allowed the opponent to come back.
Then, in February 2023, Arsenal arrived at Goodison Park as Premier League leaders. They are expected to win easily against an Everton team that is in crisis and has just changed coach. However, the most unbelievable scenario happened.
Question mark Gabriel Jesus
Jesus did not start in any of Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers and had to give that position to Richarlison, a player who only had 1 goal in his second season with Tottenham (EPL only).
Jesus is still playing an important role at Arsenal, but injury prevents him from playing regularly.
However, after his impressive goal against Manchester United, is it time for Jesus to reclaim his starting position from Eddie Nketiah?
Although the 26-year-old star’s finishing ability is not always effective, his presence helps a lot in building more play. Jesus’ smart moves and good coordination open up opportunities for his teammates. Besides, it is also necessary to mention the skillful dribbling that comes from this name.
Location of Kai Havertz
The German star came to Arsenal in an expensive deal. So it’s understandable that Mikel Arteta still finds ways to exploit Havertz even though he hasn’t had much effect.
Havertz does not seem to have an impact on the overall gameplay. In the match against Man Utd, other than situations where he diligently retreated to participate in defense, the former Chelsea star did not show much. He even became the reason the Gunners conceded a goal after a careless pass.
When Havertz left the field to make room for Fabio Vieira, Arsenal had a brighter position. It was the Portuguese player who was the author of the assist that helped Jesus score the goal that sealed the final 3-1 victory.
At the present time, it can be said that Vieira is playing much better than Havertz. However, the final decision still belongs to Arteta.
Will the Gunners captain remain steadfast in his belief that the 24-year-old star will shine, or will he agree to let Vieira start in order to create an overwhelming position against a difficult opponent like Everton?
Truong Son | 09:01 September 16, 2023