The Gunners have apologised to fans after signing up to the controversial breakaway competition alongside the rest of the top-flight’s so-called ‘Big Six’ on Sunday, with all of those clubs quickly backing out after a furious backlash.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, meanwhile, sit just one place and three points above their next opponents – having played one game less – after a costly five-match winless run seemingly put paid to any hopes of staying in the crowded race for Champions League qualification.
Date, time and venue
Arsenal vs Everton is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Friday, April 23, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
How to watch Arsenal vs Everton
TV channel: Friday’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Arsenal vs Everton team news
Alexandre Lacazette is also sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered against Fulham, while defenders David Luiz and Kieran Tierney (both knee) are still out.
Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard will be assessed ahead of Friday’s game after returning to light training following an ankle issue.
As for Everton, top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin (adductor) and midfielder Andre Gomes (thigh) should return, though the likes of Yerry Mina, Bernard and Fabian Delph are still doubtful.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is still recovering from a fractured foot and Jean-Philippe Gbamin won’t play again this season after suffering a knee ligament injury in training shortly after his return after 20 months out with thigh and Achilles problems.
Arsenal vs Everton prediction
Mid-table Arsenal’s latest underwhelming display in a torrid season against Fulham only added to the sense of shock that they would be included in any sort of Super League in their current state.
Thankfully for Arteta and Co, they are coming up against an Everton team that are winless in their last six across all competitions and have faltered badly in their own push for Europe amid plenty of injury strife.
A low-scoring draw seems a distinct possibility between two teams that are plagued by inconsistency, though it is worth noting that Everton, who struggle at Goodison Park, possess the Premier League’s fourth best away record, having won nine of their 15 matches on the road so far this term.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Last meeting: Everton 2-1 Arsenal (19/12/2020)
Arsenal vs Everton betting odds and tips
Everton win: Between 3/1 and 16/5
Draw: Between 13/5 and 11/4