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Arsenal to find fifth gear against Everton in Premier League

| 24.10.2015

Matt Haynes | October 22, 2015

Theo Walcott has said that Arsenal’s defeat of Bayern Munich proves that the Gunners are developing a fear factor across Europe.

Gunners good value to run riot over Toffees

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Good news then for Everton who visit the Emirates next. The Gunners have won their last three in a row in all competitions, emphatically beating Manchester United 3-0 at home, before a patient 3-0 win away at a resilient Watford.

Their biggest test came against Bayern Munich last time out, with Arsene Wenger’s side needing a win, basically at all costs to keep their Champions League hopes alive. As it turns out, a 2-0 win massively exceeded all expectations and announced to the rest of Europe that the Gunners are the real deal.

They look in the mood. Mesut Ozil appears to be enjoying his best football in an Arsenal shirt and his goal against United was superbly well taken. Alexis Sanchez, following a much-needed rest, is back to full fitness, Walcott is sharper than ever and Olivier Giroud, as highlighted by his goal against Bayern looks to be back in form.

These signs all point to the fact that, someone is going to be on the end of a hiding and the sorry Toffees could well be that team. For Arsenal to score over five goals, they are 10/1 and with Everton looking susceptible in defence, Sanchez et al can drag their rearguard all the place.

Gunners’ Premier League title challenge back on?

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Many expected Arsenal to strengthen significantly in the summer. On numerous fans’ wishlists was a dominant central midfielder and a world-class striker.

Their first match of the season, appeared to prove that the fans had a point. A 2-0 defeat to West Ham United resulted in heavy criticism and had Wenger under pressure to deliver.

Early complacency in the Champions League resulted in them losing against Dinamo Moscow and Olympiakos, which left the Gunners bottom of their group. A 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge to fierce rivals Chelsea did little to appease things.

However, in the last six matches, with the exception of the Olympiakos clash, Arsenal have got back on track. Their 2-1 win at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup, helped to get supporters back on side. Since, three thrilling wins in the league has seen them move up to second in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester City.

It is no coincidence either, that this rampant run is synonymous with Sanchez’ return to the starting lineup. A hat-trick away at Leicester City, was followed by a brace at home to Manchester United, before a strike against the Hornets last time.

This run is almost Premier League winning form. Currently, they are 2/1 to be crowned champions, the shortest price they have been in a number of years. There seems to be a feel-good factor around the club at the minute and they can go from strength-to-strength.

Walcott: Arsenal “can beat anyone”

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Striker Walcott, who has been outstanding in the Gunners last few games has been ebullient in the aftermath of his side’s win over Bayern and has talked up a fear factor that is developing at the Emirates.

“If you beat Bayern you believe you can beat anyone,” Walcott said. “We have been fantastic in the league – the two games before in the Champions League weren’t great – but the confidence is flowing through the team and you can just sense that.

“I think a lot of teams are starting to be a bit wary of that and that is what we want. We want to put out a message and the Bayern result can hopefully show that. It can’t just be a one-off, we have got to make it [Champions League qualification] right first. We need to keep on doing it, which we have been, to be fair to ourselves.”


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.