Ian Wright predicts Arsenal versus Everton

Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates in Saturday's late kick-off.

Former striker Ian Wright is backing Arsenal to beat Everton at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners head into the encounter in wonderful form, having beaten Bayern Munich, Watford and Manchester United in their last three matches without conceding a goal.

Arsene Wenger’s side have been able to strike up the right balance in their play, pressing when they need to while also being capable of sitting back, defending and playing on the counter-attack.

Everton will want to put on a better display than they did in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to United, yet Roberto Martinez’s record at the Emirates is a bit of a worry and it will be intriguing to see how his side set up.

Speaking to Breathe Sport ahead of the match, Ian Wright feels Arsenal’s form and ability to mix it up stands them in good stead and therefore he backs them to down Everton 3-1.

“I think with the form that Arsenal are showing now, they shouldn’t fear anyone. There is going to be more quality players on show for Everton [than Watford] and they’re going to have to be disciplined,” he said.

“But I do believe with Arsenal in current form and the confidence they should be taking from results they’ve had recently, I’m looking at a 3-1 Arsenal victory.”

Selection headache:

Following Olivier Giroud’s wonderful cameo during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Bayern, Arsene Wenger has a selection headache in terms of which striker he should deploy.

Much of his decision will depend on how Everton set up, as a deep, disciplined backline could suit Giroud better as Theo Walcott tends to struggle when not afforded space to run in behind.

Walcott is the ideal candidate for when the Gunners set up to play on the counter, yet when Wenger’s side must be patient and use intricate build-up play to unlock the opposition, Giroud is more adept.

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