There was very little between these two sides when they last met, in December. On that occasion, the Gunners managed to sneak a win thanks to a late goal by... who else... Robin van Persie.
Arsenal have, of late, silenced a number of their critics, by winning five back-to-back games in the league; a feat that has surely bought Arsene Wenger some wiggle room in the face of criticism of his managerial policies. The results mean Arsenal are now only a point behind third-placed Spurs and will be confident of beating Everton, at home, to continue their fine recent form and hunt for Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile Everton, who are still recovering from the pain of losing a Merseyside derby, seem to have run out of form at a rather crucial time in the season. They have just come off a disappointing 1-1 draw against Sunderland in the FA Cup quarter-finals and the club have a tough task in trying to tame a rampant Arsenal side.
Furthermore, Everton have a bad home record against the Gunners; their only win at Goodison Park was five years ago.
Everton Probable Team: Howard; Neville, Heitnga, Distin, Baines; Pienaar, Fellaini, Osman, Drenthe; Cahill, Jelavic
Arsenal Probable Team: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Song, Arteta; Walcott, Ramsey, Rosicky; Van Persie