Arsene Wenger takes his Gunners to Goodison Park tomorrow, Saturday.
Everton's rigid rearguard will be able to nullify anything Arsenal's attack throw at them, according to Joey Barton, himself an academy graduate from the Toffees before going on to represent Liverpool at youth level and Manchester City as a professional.
Now at Queens Park Rangers, Barton, 31, has been training for his coaching badges as well as turning to analysis on his social media channels and official website.
"Everton were my boyhood team, and I fancy them to get a draw out of this," he said of the visit of Arsenal.
Both clubs have strengthened significantly over the course of the summer, with the Gunners likely to field Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, while Roberto Martinez spent heavily to ensure erstwhile Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was bought on a permanent basis.
"While Arsenal have quality players in every position and will no doubt be pushing for the title at some stage of the season, Everton have a solid back four, and some excellent players going forward.
"I can’t see this being a nil-niler, but I think Everton have enough going forward to cancel out any damage that Arsenal can inflict, especially after a testing midweek game," he said, of the energy-sapping trip to Turkey that failed to yield a triumph for Arsenal as they returned to North London with a goal-less draw.