It’s fair to say things are not going well at Everton at the moment. Rafa Benitez’s team are without a win since September 25th, and lost the Merseyside derby 4-1 at Goodison Park last week.
Fans are unhappy, with a 27th minute walk-out in protest at the board planned for this evening.
Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta is taking nothing for granted when he returns to the club where he spent six seasons as a player. Asked what he was expecting from Everton tonight, he said, “A team that wants to put things right and win, and on Monday night at Goodison I know what I am going to expect under the lights with the fans they have so it will be a tough game.”
And on their tough recent form, he continued, “There are a lot of teams that are going through that because this is a league has become that competitive that the moment you lose a game or two, the pressure is coming for everybody.
“It is no different there, obviously it’s a very special place to go back there because I had some amazing years there, so I’m looking forward to it.”
The Gunners come into this one having lost their last two away games, although the Arsenal boss is hoping his team can be fueled by the frustration of defeat at Old Trafford.
“The mood after the game was that we were extremely disappointed because we threw the game away,” he said.
“I think we should have taken more out of that game. It was very pleasing for periods, because the performance that you are able to put in against that team was very positive but you need to know how to win those games when you are as dominant as we were in periods against them.”
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