Ahead of Arsenal's match with Everton tomorrow, Calvin from Royal Blue Mersey, SBN's Everton blog, was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Here they are!
Where do you see Marouane Fellaini in 12 months' time? Is he still playing for Everton, or does Moyes cash in on the club's prized asset?
It's safe to say that if Everton does not make it to Europe at the end of the season then he will be moving on to another club over the summer. As long as Everton get out of their current rut by the time the January transfer window comes around, he should be here until May. Everton are in the position of strength after Fellaini signed a long-term deal just last year, and you can be sure Moyes is not going to take anything less than £25 million for him.
Is David Moyes ever tempted to try his hand at a bigger club, or is he Everton the way Wenger is Arsenal?
For a couple of weeks this summer it looked like Moyes would probably be in charge at your crosstown rivals Spurs. Moyes has proven himself to be a wizard of financial husbandry when faced with a minimal budget, much like Wenger has. There is always a the feeling that Moyes could do so much more when given a bigger chequebook, and with no new owner forthcoming I'm pretty certain he'll be moving on in the next few years.
What do you think about Everton's additions at the transfer deadline? Has anyone really caught your eye so far?
Moyes did some excellent work again during that period. Steven Pienaar was very successful when at Everton on loan, and he turned that into a permanent deal. Kevin Mirallas has been excellent providing creativity and speed on the right wing. Last minute pick up Bryan Oviedo has only played a little but has also shown glimpses of potential.
Everton's last two games have seen the results dip a little bit--what caused this, and do you think they can turn it around on Wednesday?
Simply put, most of Everton's woes have been due to poor marking at setpieces and poor finishing. They have not had any problems creating chances and have dominated possession in most of their games. The quality of the final ball has been good too, but the players have been wasteful and then have regretted missing chances when conceding late goals. There is no reason Everton shouldn't dominate the game on Wednesday, especially with it being played at home. As for getting the goals.. who knows.
Finally, what do you see as the tactical key to Wednesday's match from an Everton perspective?
Arsenal have been Everton's bogey team - even when Everton have played the better football they have struggled to score against the Gunners. The key on Wednesday will be Darron Gibson returning to the starting eleven to solidify the midfield, and Marouane Fellaini terrorizing the Arsenal defence.
Thanks again to Calvin!