The last time Everton won at Arsenal was in 1996 when the Demon Headmaster was just about to start scaring young kids senseless and George Michael was not only at number one, but he had a clean driving licence to boot.
This Sunday Arsene Wenger’s side are looking to extend their six game unbeaten run in the league at home and keep dictating the pace at the top of the table. Paddy has been living it up at Christmas parties and gorging through advent calendars. A cocktail of sugar and stale Guinness has clouded his judgement.
Paddy is refunding all the usual bets if Jack Wilshere grabs a goal at any time against the Toffees, and continues the best goal scoring season of his career.
OK, so four goals in 17 appearances this season is hardly prolific. But Wilshere’s eye for goal is keener than ever and the Gunners are a force to be reckoned with going forward in front of a home crowd.
- Arsenal have a higher percentage of shots on target than any other team in the league. 83 of Arsenal’s 197 efforts have been on target giving them an accuracy rate of 42 per cent
- If you’re visiting the Emirates you can expect to be under pressure as the Gunners average 55 per cent of the possession and spend 29 per cent of the time in the attacking third
- Arsene Wenger’s side average 15 shots a game on home soil and 72 per cent of their league goals this season have come from open play
Wilshere grabbed a brace in the last home game he started against Marseille. He was rested in midweek coming on for just over 15 minutes against Hull rather than playing the full game.
The midfielder is fresh and off the back of the World Cup draw will be keen to get noticed by Roy Hodgson for his goals, rather than a cheeky few Marlboro Lights round the back of the bike shed.