Arsenal vs Everton Final Football Score 02 March 2023
Vengeance is on the menu for Arsenal on Wednesday evening, as Mikel Arteta’s side welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. The Gunners maintained their grip on top spot by beating Leicester City 1-0 at the weekend, while the Toffees slipped back into relegation danger with a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.Not for the first time this season, controversial VAR decisions threatened to derail the Arsenal title bid, as a stunning goal for Leandro Trossard against Leicester was ruled out before Harry Souttar escaped punishment for a perceived foul on Bukayo Saka in the area.However, Arsenal were not to be denied at the King Power and took all three points back to base courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli’s finish early in the second half, temporarily opening up a five-point lead over Manchester City at the summit in the process.
That gap has now been reduced back down to two points due to the champions’ 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth, but Arsenal crucially still hold a game in hand, and Arteta’s side have responded admirably to their minor blip with back-to-back successes over Villa and now Leicester. The Emirates fortress has seen some of its wall knocked down in recent weeks, though, as Arsenal have only won one of their last four home matches in the Premier League, and they have just two clean sheets to boast from their last 16 top-flight games on familiar territory. However, Arteta’s current crop could now become just the third Arsenal team to reach 60 points in their first 25 Premier League games with a win here – the 2003-04 Invincibles and 2007-08 team are the only previous ones to achieve that feat – and the new manager bounce appears to have firmly worn off for Everton.
One week on from being the villain against Arsenal, Emiliano Martinez was one of the heroes for Aston Villa against Everton, who paid the price for failing to convert their early dominance into goals at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. With 63 minutes gone, Ollie Watkins broke the deadlock from the penalty spot – becoming the first-ever Villa player to score in five successive Premier League games – and a sublime finish from Emiliano Buendia settled the contest in the dying embers. Positive results for West Ham United and Leeds United also made for grim reading for Everton, who have subsequently dropped back below the dotted line into 18th place after missing out on a third successive home win, although Leeds are only one point better off.
A new page of history must be written if Everton are to come away with all three points on Wednesday, as the Toffees have never won a Premier League away match versus the side at the top of the table, and their recent record on the road does not increase optimism of such a scenario coming to fruition. Indeed, Dyche’s team are winless in seven consecutive away matches in the Premier League and have scored just one goal in that time, but one goal from James Tarkowski was all it took for the Toffees to see off Arsenal 1-0 earlier in February – their fourth win from five versus the revengeful Gunners. Having recovered from a minor thigh problem, the return of Thomas Partey to the Arsenal bench against Leicester was a sight for sore eyes, leaving knee surgery victims Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny to keep one another company in the treatment room.
Eddie Nketiah was unexpectedly cut from the first XI amid rumours of a possible knock, and the Englishman may be fighting an uphill battle to force his way back in over Trossard or Martinelli, who took a stamp on the knee from Wilfred Ndidi while scoring the winner against Leicester but still completed the full 90. Nevertheless, Arteta has shown in recent weeks that he is willing to rotate his resources, so the likes of Partey, Nketiah and Fabio Vieira – who is knocking on the door according to Arteta – should come into contention for starts amid the unforgiving March schedule. Everton came out of their clash with Villa unscathed too, but Dyche is pessimistic about the chances of Dominic Calvert-Lewin recovering from his latest thigh problem in time to line up against Arsenal, who were briefly tipped to sign him at one stage.
Andros Townsend will likely need a few more weeks to battle back from his serious knee injury too, while Nathan Patterson has suffered a setback in his recovery from a similar problem and remains absent. James Garner is on the comeback trail from his back problem but will instead feature for the Under-21s this week. An ineffective display from Neal Maupay could see Dyche take a punt on Ellis Simms or Demarai Gray as his main striker against the league leaders, but Alex Iwobi’s spot should be safe as he lines up against his old club.Both Liverpool and Everton are in Premier League action on Wednesday evening, but you won’t be able to see either game on TVA busy week for Merseyside football sees both Everton and Liverpool in action on Wednesday evening, but fans hoping to catch either game on TV will be disappointed.
Sean Dyche will take the Blues to North London, where they will be looking to complete an unexpected league double over current table-toppers Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. They will have to do it without main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, however, who is still recovering from an injury sustained when the two sides went head-to-head in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park on February 4.Meanwhile, Liverpool play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time this year, having also been drawn against them in the FA Cup, knowing that an Anfield win can edge them up to sixth in the table, keeping their slim Champions League qualification hopes alive.
The Reds may have suffered a humbling 5-2 home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, but they have not conceded a goal in their last three Premier League matches and will be hoping to extend that run with a victory at Anfield against Julen Lopetegui’s side. Both matches are expected to be sell-outs, but if you were hoping to see either game live on TV in the UK, then unfortunately you are all out of luck thanks to a quirk in English football’s broadcasting rules.
Both the Everton and Liverpool fixtures are rearranged matches that were originally due to be played at 3pm on a Saturday. It means that the games fall within the blackout period for domestic broadcast on UK television and as a result, the same restrictions apply to any rearranged fixture – even though both games have been rescheduled for a Wednesday night. As a result, neither Everton or Liverpool supporters who are unable to attend the match in person will be able to watch either game live on UK television. However, as always, the ECHO will have its regular reporters at both matches, providing LIVE updates from both Anfield and the Emirates Stadium throughout both matches. If you can’t get to either game on Wednesday, join us for regular updates instead.