Arsenal will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Everton on Monday night – and avoid setting an unwanted record in the process.
After a dismal start to the season which saw the Gunners lose their first three games in the Premier League without scoring, Mikel Arteta's side bounced back with an impressive ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
That run came to a shuddering halt against Liverpool a fortnight ago, while last week's defeat to Manchester United further dented their recent revival.
Gunners fans will be confident of their side collecting all three points this evening – but they'll need to snap a two-game losing streak against the Toffees to do so.
Everton have historically been one of Arsenal's favourite opponents, with the north Londoners winning an incredible 108 of their 217 encounters against the Merseysiders.
But more recently it's the Toffees who have held the upper hand.
Rafael Benitez's side claimed all three points when the teams last met at Goodison Park in December 2020, and they followed that up with a surprise 1-0 win at the Emirates in April last year.
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A third straight Everton win would represent Arsenal's worst losing run in the fixture since 1985, when they also lost three in a row – including a 6-1 defeat on Merseyside.
However, the form book suggests that is unlikely to happen.
Everton are one of the most out-of-form sides in the Premier League having lost six of their last seven matches in the competition.
Last week's 4-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool, coupled with the weekend's results, saw the club drop to 16th in the table – just five points above the relegation zone.
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Benitez knows their recent performances have not been good enough, but insists the situation can turn around with just a single good result.
"The reality is that the table doesn’t lie but at the same time winning one game and you could be in the top eight," Benitez said.
"I still have a lot of confidence that we will do well and even if we have difficult times, and now is a difficult time, we will go through and be in a much better position.
"We will be in a much better position by the end and the fans appreciate that."
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