5 bold Premier League predictions: Walcott scores on Arsenal return

Walcott was heralded as one of the best young talents in Europe when Arsene Wenger signed him as a 17-year-old from Southampton, and he was even included in England's 2006 World Cup squad despite having never played a Premier League game.

Sokratis has proven to be an excellent piece of business since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer with the defender putting-in some solid display's at the back so far this season. We just need patience.

"Thirty-eight matches give us and give them (opponents) the clarity to show who is the best for the top four".

Yet they still look nowhere near the finished article; a dysfunctional collection of players not quite sure of what they're doing or if it is actually going to work if they do.

The Gunners were grateful to Petr Cech for keeping the scores level at the break, the veteran goalkeeper saving twice from Richarlison and keeping out Lucas Digne's free-kick.

Marco Silva will demand his Everton players are much-improved for the clash against Arsenal, who were in Europa League action on Thursday night and could be tired as a result.

The quick-fire goals knocked the stuffing out of Everton, who mustered very little in response, with Arsenal seeing out the a fifth win in a row in all competitions that sees them climb to sixth, while Everton remain without a win at Arsenal in 22 years.

Perhaps Torreira will help knit together Emery's disparate team, free up Ozil and Aubameyang to contribute more, and provide greater reassurance to what is still a jittery defence.

Asked if he was intending to substitute Lacazette, the Arsenal head coach replied: "I don't think it's important, but maybe yes!"

Despite securing a fourth straight win, Emery also called on his team to improve defensively.

"We were in control in that moment".

And Aubameyang revealed the key to their formidable partnership, saying they have always been good friends since his arrival back in January.

Nacho Monreal was kept out by Jordan Pickford up the other end, but it was the Toffees who were looking the more threatening as Arsenal struggled to cope with the high press.

Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.

A slow start from Arsenal brought very few chances, with Mohamed Elneny's first touch from twelve yards escaping him in their first sight of goal with over 20 minutes already played.

"The result is disappointing for us". I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot.

"It's too clear", Everton manager Marco Silva said.

But the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette will be pushing for returns.

  • Julie Sanders