The Everton fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern in recent days after ending a productive January transfer window with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Wednesday evening.
In addition to The Toffees excellent Premier League result, they also welcomed Eliaquim Mangala to the club in a short-term loan deal from Manchester City. It’s fair to say the merits of the deal have been intensely scrutinised by the supporters as many believe the French international is not good enough to improve Everton’s defence.
However, Everton’s dealings in the January window were extremely positive overall as they boosted their attacking options with the acquisition of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott from Besiktas and Arsenal respectively. The latter has made a fantastic start to his career at Goodison Park with an assist and two goals to show for his efforts from two Premier League fixtures, and it’s fair to say he will be desperate to improve that record even further against his old club on Saturday evening.
Everton travel to London to face Arsenal on Saturday for a fixture which could all but end The Gunners hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this year. Arsenal’s clash with Everton is simply a must-win game considering their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are hanging by a thread now that they are 8 points adrift of 4th placed Chelsea.
After being more or less frozen out of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans this season, Walcott (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) will be eager to show his former boss exactly what he’s missing with his performance in Everton blue, and the tantalising prospect of scoring the winning goal to resign his former club to a second year of Europa League football will certainly be playing on his mind.
The personal motivation to thrive against his old club and prove his doubters wrong will certainly give Walcott an extra edge against Arsenal, so The Gunners must be particularly wary of their former talent on Saturday evening.