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Arsenal vs Everton: Toffees to give Gunners a scare at Emirates

Arsenal vs Everton Match Preview and Predictions

Arsenal managed to make up for Tuesday's miserable 3-1 defeat at Swansea by signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record £56million on transfer deadline day ahead of the clash with Everton.

The Gabon striker has been reunited with his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a partnership which should bring pace and spark to the attack.

Everton ended a six-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Leicester on Wednesday when Theo Walcott scored his first goals since joining the club from Arsenal, who are 7/1 to finish in the top four.

Match-up history

Those of you who like to examine past meetings between teams will be interested to know Arsenal have not lost to Everton in their last 21 home Premier League matches, winning 17 and drawing four.

With such past dominance and a 5-2 victory at Goodison Park earlier in the season, it is small wonder the Gunners are 3/10 to get back to winning ways, with Everton a juicy 11/1.

Expected goals data continues to show Everton are in the bottom five both in attack and defence, so the first of our free football tips is for Arsenal to win and over 3.5 goals at 9/5.

The Gunners' last three home matches have produced more than four goals and only Stoke, West Ham and Huddersfield have conceded more times than Everton away from home.

Team news

Aubameyang is expected to make his Arsenal debut and former Manchester United midfielder Mkhitaryan could start his first match since joining the club in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.

Defender Eliaquim Mangala joined Everton on loan from Manchester City on transfer deadline day and could make his debut at the Emirates, but Ademola Lookman has moved to Leipzig on a temporary basis despite Sam Allardyce saying the winger would not be leaving.

Match facts

Walcott scored twice in a man-of-the-match display against Leicester and he is generously priced at 4/1 to score any time in Saturday's televised game, the second of our Arsenal vs Everton predictions.

One player Walcott may be facing on Saturday is defender Nacho Monreal who has scored four times this season and twice in his last three games. The France international is 15/2 to score any time and with goals expected at the Emirates, Monreal can strike again as he did in the 5-2 win at Goodison.

Everton's victory against Leicester may have lifted morale, but they were still behind their opponents in creating chances and only managed to squeeze past the 1.0 expected goals mark for the first time in seven attempts.

The last of our betting tips is for Arsenal to win from behind at 7/1. Three of the Gunners' last four matches in all competitions have involved a team hitting back from a goal down to win and Arsene Wenger's men did exactly that at Goodison Park.

With Everton strengthening their attack they can take the initiative but their defensive frailties will not be able to withstand a superior attack.

Betting tips and predictions

Arsenal to beat Everton and over 3.5 goals @ 9/5

Theo Walcott to score any time @ 4/1

Nacho Monreal to score any time @ 15/2

Arsenal to win from behind @ 7/1

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football