Arsenal and Everton go into Tuesday night’s Premier League clash knowing that defeat could deal a crushing blow to their hopes of reaching the Champions League qualification places. Arsene Wenger’s side, who currently occupy third spot, are four points and three places ahead of David Moyes’ charges. These two teams go into this fixture in good form, and with their chief rivals, Chelsea and particularly Tottenham, stuttering as the finishing line approaches, both managers know the significance of a positive or negative result at the Emirates Stadium.
Six weeks ago the Gunners and the Toffees were up against it in the battle for the top four and it seems that, not for the first time in the last few years, they are both beginning to kick in the turbo when the pressure is off. Now, this may seem like a strange thing to say given that the pressure to reach the Champions League, especially in Arsenal’s case, is immense, but when they needed to step up when silverware was on offer, both teams were found wanting.