Arsenal are another side that really need to prove their credentials as long-term challengers for the Premier League title. A home defeat to Newcastle last weekend was a major setback, and Wolves’ enterprising display on Wednesday did little to suggest that the Gunners old weakness of failing to get points against the smaller sides has left them.
Everton are ticking along unnoticed amongst the promoted clubs punching above their weight and the old hands struggling to come to terms with this season’s challenges. Toffees fans will have been delighted with Jermaine Beckford’s late goal to deny Bolton on Wednesday night, not least because it was the former Leeds man’s first Premier League goal since arriving at Goodison Park.
Recent form might suggest Arsenal could struggle here but Arsene Wenger will know that a win here is crucial to dispel doubters about the strength, both mental and physical, of his Arsenal squad.