Everton have a sure-fire way to overcome Arsenal in their top-four shootout at Goodison Park and it’s as simple as letting Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu loose from the first whistle.
He scored the all-important equaliser when coming off the bench at the Emirates in the reverse fixture and now the Spaniard should be unleashed from the start, as in all six Premier League matches he has begun his side have prevailed.
This telling stat is unlikely to have escaped the attentions of his manager Roberto Martinez, whose charges are slender 29/20 favourites to collect all three points against the stuttering Gunners.
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It’s no coincidence that four of the highlighted half-dozen in which Deulofeu has been afforded starts have arrived during Everton’s current five-game winning charge towards the Champions League spots.
The five-syllable wonder has helped the blue half of Merseyside record home wins against West Ham and Cardiff, scoring against the Welsh, before playing a significant part in road triumphs over Newcastle and Fulham.
Although the fleet-footed tyro had previously impressed in many Premier League cameos and cup outings, it’s only in the latter stages of the season that Martinez has solidified his faith by starting the 20-year-old in the top flight.
Vindication for rolling the Deulofeu dice has been instant with Everton enjoying their purplest patch of the campaign to catapult them to within touching distance of Arsenal in fourth.
If the Blaugrana ace can aid the annexation of three more valuable points for the Toffees in Sunday’s televised lunchtime offering then Arsenal’s lead will be reduced to a single point, with the Toffees a game better off to boot.
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