Arsenal will seek to continue their excellent recent form on Sunday, when they travel to a rejuvenated Everton for what should be a fascinating Premier League encounter.
The Gunners moved into third place in the top flight on Monday after they won against Newcastle United, only to see rivals Tottenham Hotspur retake that spot when they beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Arsenal go into the gameweek a point behind Spurs but with a game in hand.
Everton will be challenging opponents, though. The Toffees appear set to finish an underwhelming season on a high, having taken 10 points from their past five games, including a win over Chelsea in their most recent home match.
Everton win (11-5)
Arsenal win (11-8)
Odds according to Oddschecker.
Date: Sunday, April 7
Time: 2:05 p.m. (BST), 9:05 a.m. (ET)
TV Info: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)
For Arsenal, a season that appeared set to be one of transition is looking increasingly like it could have an exciting ending.
Not only are they in a strong position to finish above local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and consequently finish in the top four, but the Gunners are also in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. They appear to be hitting their stride at the perfect time under manager Unai Emery.
On Monday, they were not at their free-flowing best against Newcastle United, but the Gunners were still able to score a couple of eye-catching goals, with the second particularly impressive:
It was a game in which Arsenal's key attacking performers made their mark again. Aaron Ramsey bossed the midfield with tenacious defensive play and incisive surges forward, while Alexandre Lacazette continued his fine form at the point of the attack.
When Lacazette arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2017, many expected him to be a poacher-like centre-forward. Per Arsenal blogger Patrick Timmons, the Frenchman has showcased so much more this season:
Patrick Timmons @PatrickTimmons1
I’m honestly so grateful to have someone like Lacazette at the club. He scores, creates, chases down lost causes from the first minute until the last, brings others into play & is subtly a key figure in terms of leadership. His game is about so much more than solely goals.
After five wins and a draw in their past six top-flight fixtures, Arsenal will be bouncing into the match on Merseyside. They are unlikely to have things all their own way against Everton, though.
Overall, the 2018-19 campaign has been disappointing for the Toffees, as they failed to capitalise on a strong start and faded badly over the festive period. But in the past five matches, manager Marco Silva has started getting a tune from the players again.
In their previous outing, away at West Ham United, they were dominant and unfortunate not to win by more than the 2-0 scoreline. While the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard can cause problems for the Arsenal defence, Everton have tightened up at the back too:
However, when it comes to scoring goals in this fixture, history is on Arsenal's side:
Given Everton have to win to keep in touch in the battle for seventh, expect Silva to field an attacking side and for his team to maintain the enterprising approach that served them well against West Ham.
That will give Arsenal space when they do come forward, meaning Lacazette, Ramsey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil can make an impression on the game. Expect an entertaining and even contest to end all square.
Prediction: Everton 2-2 Arsenal