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Now they relish the big games, Arsenal can finally challenge for the Premier League again

23 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Now they relish the big games, Arsenal can finally challenge for the Premier League again

Victory over Everton at the Emirates will take the Gunners to the top of the table - but Arsene Wenger's side might be without Alexis Sanchez

The brilliant midweek win against Bayern Munich might not be enough for Arsenal to make the Champions League last 16.

But even if it isn’t, the victory will still count for something.

For much of the last decade, Arsene Wenger’s teams have been emasculated by the big occasion.

Not any more, though.

The triumph against the German champions is one of four significant victories this calendar year.

The others? Manchester City away in January, Chelsea in this year’s Community Shield – Wenger’s first ever win over Jose Mourinho – and Manchester United at the Emirates three weeks ago.

An early European exit is still possible, but the Gunners are playing like a team that is capable of winning the Premier League.

Arsenal have won their last three matches in all competitions – scoring eight times in the process and keeping three successive clean sheets – and that run should continue against Everton in North London on Saturday night.

The hosts have not conceded a league goal at the Emirates since the opening day of the season and it is evens that both teams do not score on Saturday.

A repeat of their 2-0 victory in March, meanwhile, is 7/1.

But three points may have to be achieved without Alexis Sanchez.

Having hinted at it for a while, Wenger may finally rest the Chilean after describing him as “exhausted” following the Bayern game.

If Sanchez is stood down, then Theo Walcott could be shifted out wide with Olivier Giroud starting in attack.

Despite being on the periphery this campaign, the Frenchman still has five goals.

And having netted against Watford and Bayern, Giroud is 7/2 to make it three in a week by opening the scoring on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, requires a reaction from his players after the insipid defeat to Manchester United at Goodison Park last weekend.

The sad passing of former boss Howard Kendall – plus the compact tactics of Louis van Gaal’s side – probably contributed to their muted display and an away fixture might be the ideal remedy.

Everton have been excellent on the road so far, too, avoiding defeat in all four top-flight fixtures.

The club have drawn two of their last three league visits to the Emirates, meanwhile, and are 7/2 to take another point from the Gunners.

The pace and power of Romelu Lukaku is easier to utilise away from Merseyside – four of his five league goals have come on the road – and the Belgian striker is 5/2 to net in North London.

Breaking down the Premier League’s joint-best defence will not be easy, though.

And even the possible absence of Sanchez should not stop a buoyant Arsenal from recording their fourth successive victory – and going top of the table for 24 hours at least.

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