Is Everton a must-win game for Arsenal?

So Addict got it wrong – and who should score the only goal of the Villa game but Emile “barn door” Heskey.

 

I should have known it. That was Villa’s sixth successive away win and us letting in that late goal at Villa Park could prove to be ever so costly.

 

All focus moves to the Everton game tonight and nothing less than a victory will do against a side who are on the crest of a wave at the moment.

 

Maybe with yesterday's prediction so off-key, I should predict that there is absolutely no chance of Manu Eboue scoring a hat-trick from his floating role at Goodison this evening – then again, that would just be silly.

 

I’ve rated David Moyes ever since his Preston days and there’s no doubt that he has done a great job on Merseyside.

 

In many ways, he is similar to Arsène Wenger, because he tends not to have a lot of money and still makes his team competitive.

 

It’s going to be intense as it often tends to be and Wenger has a lot of decisions to make.

 

Does he stick with 442 with the partnership of Manu Adebayor and RvP which has never really gelled or go for one upfront which has worked on some occasions this season when faced by assertive opponents (M*nure comes to mind and RvP is a far better forward than Nic Bentder)?

 

Does he play Eboue, mindful that he could help protect Bacary Sagna (if he remembers what his position is) when Tim Cahill pushes forward?

 

Everton have no strikers to call upon, but that doesn’t matter because the majority of their offensive play comes from set pieces. Thankfully, Mikael Arteta is doubtful and I’d be delighted if he misses the match.

 

For that reason, I suspect Wenger will bring William Gallas back – and I’d like to see Kolo Toure in midfield or even sweeping even though it won’t happen.

 

Our fragility at dead ball situations continues to cause concern but if RvP continues his recent form and Samir Nasri takes the game by the scruff of the neck, we might just nick it.

 

I remain confident that we are going to be in the Champions League next season – but we can’t afford many more slip-ups, especially while everyone else is winning. Everton is a mus-win game.

 

Villa will drop points – we have to believe that. But I can’t see Ch*vski or Scouserpool dropping enough points for us to catch them, even if their form has wavered slightly of late.

 

M*nure’s result underlines the fact that they’re going to win the title unless they have a massive blip – 12 squad players out and yet they still have the capacity to brush WBA aside.

 

Somehow I don’t think we’ll have such a straightforward victory at The Hawthorns.