Arsenal and Everton square off today in a match that brings together two sides with an awful lot in common.
Both the Gunners and the Toffees boast top class quality in their sides and can pick apart their opposition with a wonderful brand of free flowing football.
When it works, the world tends to wax poetic about their intricate tapestry of passes, though considering the sheer amount of quality within their ranks – it simply doesn’t happen enough.
Clearly, the North London side are miles ahead of their hosts today in the league standing, though the gulf in class is surely not truly indicative of their playing talent.
For Arsenal, they are well in the midst of their annual end of season slump, having faded away from title contention and faced elimination from both the Champions League and FA Cup.
Due to the manner in which Arsene Wenger has presided over yet another capitulation, the #WengerOut brigade are as vocal as ever.
— Charlie Lloyd Thomas (@CharlieLloydT) March 19, 2016
How did it come to this ?League leaders,FA Cup holders reduced to losing losing losing ??Time for fresh energy & ideas Sorry but #WENGEROUT
— Glen Oglaza (@glenoglaza1) March 19, 2016
Worryingly for the Frenchman, who has come under intense scrutiny in recent seasons, they are gaining support at an alarming rate.
Sad reality about today's game is that it's predictable what will happen & we have a manager who has no idea how to change it. #WengerOut
— IG (@irishgooner49) March 19, 2016
Win lose or draw it's time for a change #wengerout
— Adam Campbell (@AdzCampbell91) March 19, 2016
A loss today would surely end even the most optimistic fan’s hope that Wenger can catch Leicester City at the summit of the Premier League.
Though a win would not necessarily mean the Gunners would go on to topple their title challengers, the growing ever toxic atmosphere at the Emirates would at least by lifted somewhat.
We are the worst form ever yet we have our best team in years – makes no sense #WengerOut
— Bob Dillon (@Bobdillion19) March 19, 2016
It is not a situation dissimilar to the one Roberto Martinez finds himself in on Merseyside.
A win over Chelsea in the FA Cup appears to have masked some of the doubts that has dogged the Spaniard for much of the season, though there is a feeling he should be getting better results.
If we loose today top 6 is out the question and martinez has failed again this season regardless of the cup run. #martinezout
— Mark B (@MarkBirch1988) March 19, 2016
Boasting the likes of Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku, amongst others, the former Wigan man has only been able to take the Toffees to 12th place so far.
— Anthony's Brainwaves (@kankurette) March 19, 2016
Much like their visitors today, their inability to see out games has often proved their downfall.
#MartinezOut if we win FA cup or not
— EFC (@EFC_Jayy) March 15, 2016
Defensive lapses dog both sides, though it is the perceived stubbornness of each coach that truly irks their respective club’s support.
World class striker we might of had a chance but no wenger is that stubborn.
— Richard Jones (@Rich_Jones93) March 16, 2016
Wenger constantly refuses to dip into the transfer market and make use of the vast cash reserves his club boast after so many years of being frugal, as well as the huge amounts of money their fans are forced to shell out on a weekly basis.
Wenger is stubborn like never before.
— Jöe (@joegunson) March 15, 2016
Martinez’s reluctance to depart from a style of football that always seems to leave his side open has brought his ability to manage the side into question.
If we win the FA cup I'll be made up, obvs, but it won't erase the fact that Martinez has been so stubborn/arrogant this season #EFC
— Dan (@_Dan1878_) March 14, 2016
Though there is still an awful lot to play for this season, for both sides, today’s early kickoff could prove a day of reckoning for either manager going forward.