Tactical Analysis: Arsenal v Everton

It’s time for our weekly blog and some tactical analysis powered by Globall Coach ahead of a big game at the weekend, with this week’s big match coming at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal play host to Everton in the Premier League.

Both clubs will be looking to challenge for the top 6 places in the division come the end of the season, but currently sit in 7th (Arsenal) and 10th (Everton) after five matches.

The two teams have new managers in place this season, with Unai Emery and Marco Silva bringing in new ideas and approaches for their respective clubs.

In pre-season, we wrote a blog about what to expect from an Unai Emery team (read here), so we won’t go over old ground too much.

He has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation in the majority of games so far in the Premier League, and has a nice settled line-up with not too many changes in the past few weeks.

Arsenal starting XI vs Newcastle on 15 Sept 2018

Arsenal starting XI vs Newcastle on 15 Sept 2018

In midweek, in the Europa League, only three of those players started against FC Vorskla; Sokratis, Monreal and Aubamayang, which has given some fringe players some much needed game time but expect the tried and tested Premier League line up (shown above) to be used against The Toffees.

Marco Silva had a promising start to his Everton managerial career, but defeat last time out against West Ham United has taken the gleam off that slightly.

But the Blues have been without Brazilian Richarlison for the past three matches due to suspension. The forward had become a bit of a talisman for Marco Silva’s side and he is available once again having served his ban. His pace and skill in wide areas will give Everton an added dimension.

In terms of how Silva likes his team to play, when the ball is central, he likes his team to press the passing lanes and mark the pass not the man., as we have shown in the animation below.

But when the ball is out wide, he likes to use the aggressive pressing tactic as we can show in another Globall Coach animation (below).

The high energy approach of both teams should make for a good game and one which may well bring a number of goals.

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Paul Harper