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Stuart Dalgleish 13th Nov 2010 - 21:36

Arsenal looking to keep it clean at Goodison

Arsene Wenger seems to always be complaining about the way his players are treated, but after Cesc Fabregas' challenge on Stephen Ward during the week he might just want to keep it quiet for a while.

To be fair to both Fabregas and Wenger they apologised to the Wolves man, but Wenger will have been disappointed in his captain after he's preached so much over the last couple of months on player safety.

The Spaniard was only booked for the tackle and as such will not be suspended for this trip to Goodison Park, where the Gunners (13/10) will want to make it seven undefeated against Everton (11/5, the draw is 11/5).

Arsenal seem to always dish out a beating to the Toffees in one of the fixtures during the season, with scores such as 6-1 (300/1), 4-1 (50/1) and 7-0 (500/1) achieved in the last five years or so.

I don't think Londoners will be quite so prolific in front of goal this time, but I can see them continuing their recent good run on the road.

The Gunners have won their last two away from the Emirates and both without conceding, they are 12/5 to win to nil on Sunday, other than the shock defeat at home to Newcastle they've won three of their last four with a clean-sheet.

If they do win to nil, or even draw the match 0-0, you'll be half way towards getting our great Match Winner offer correct - Arsenal and Chelsea to both clean-sheets at 5/1.

The Blues are yet to concede at the Bridge this season and should prove too strong for Sunderland, while Arsenal as previously mentioned have kept clean-sheets in their last two away matches.

Where they haven't been keeping it clean though is in the referee's notebook, there have been eight red cards in Arsenal's 12 Premier League matches this season, the Gooners themselves picking up half of those - 10/3 on their being a red card in the match could be a great shout, Marouane Fellaini was shown a red in Everton's last game so they're showing some indiscipline too.

The big Belgian midfielder is no stranger to a suspension having picked up several yellow cards during his time on Merseyside, he had been getting better though and the red he received on Wednesday was only his second card of the season; that is sure to have frustrated David Moyes when it looked as though he was turning a corner.

He'll be out for three matches, where he'll join Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman as absentees for the hosts, they could welcome back two players though as Johnny Heitinga and Jack Rodwell are both available after injury.

The Toffees are on a run of seven games without defeat, although they were thankful for Jermaine Beckford's (9/1 first goal) first goal in the Premier League against Bolton in the 94th minute, and will be delighted to be able to call upon Heitinga and Rodwell's services to bolster their squad.

Arsenal's injury list is gradually getting shorter, with Robin van Persie (6/1) the latest star to return, but Manuel Almunia, Thomas Vermaelen, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby all still remain on the sidelines while Laurent Koscielny is also unavailable to Wenger due to his suspension.

Van Persie's return is sure to put a frown on the faces of Everton fans, as the Dutch ace has bagged four goals in six league games against the Merseysiders. His return will also just relieve some of the workload on Marouane Chamakh (6/1 first goal).

The Moroccan international has worked tirelessly since his arrival from Bordeaux in the summer, and has scored at a fairly decent rate (eight in 17 all comps), but he has tired recently and will welcome the support in the final third.

You can get 9/1 on either player scoring first in an Arsenal win.

I really can't see past a win for the visitors as Everton's strikers are all struggling for form, Beckford's goal the other night was a great hit but he's clearly finding the gap a big one to bridge at the minute, Louis Saha (13/2 first goal) hasn't scored since February in the league while Yakubu (13/2) has just one Premier League goal to his name this season.

If it wasn't for Tim Cahill's (7/1) five goals then the Blues could still be in a relegation battle.



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