Three weeks ago when Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Everton, it felt like our top four hopes were over, especially considering that the aforementioned loss came after Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Wolves at home. Since those disappointing two games, Chelsea have gone on to win two games in a row and then, justice happened.
Everton giveth, Everton taketh, as the philosopher's say.
Everton 1-0 Arsenal FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 7, 2019
Pass accuracy: 78%-80%
Chances created: 14-5
Fouls conceded: 8-9
Three wins in a row for the Toffees. pic.twitter.com/bGK7VmD6dU
Everton have just beaten another contender for top four by beating Arsenal 1-0, thanks to a goal by Phil Jagielka, thereby changing the tide for the top four race yet again.
Before this game started, Arsenal were on the same points as Chelsea but had a game in hand, as well as a better goal difference. A mere 1-0 loss doesn't harm their goal difference too much but it does mean that their safety cushion of that extra one game is gone.
Another thing working in Chelsea's favour is Arsenal's atrocious away form. The gunners have won just once away from in Premier League since November ended and funnily enough, four of their remaining six games are away from home.
Arsenal away from home in all competitions since December:— afcstuff (@afcstuff) April 7, 2019
2-2 Manchester Utd ⭕️
2-3 Southampton ❌
1-1 Brighton ⭕️
1-5 Liverpool ❌
3-0 Blackpool ✅
0-1 West Ham ❌
1-3 Manchester City ❌
2-1 Huddersfield ✅
0-1 BATE ❌
1-1 Tottenham ⭕️
1-3 Rennes ❌
0-1 Everton ❌#afc pic.twitter.com/q5Jqq8tKWB
Of course, Everton's great form is also going to play a huge part as even after this game, they're still yet to play Manchester United and Spurs and as such, could end up having a big say in the race for Champions League spots.
The Toffees have won three consecutive games, all while keeping a clean sheet, two of which came against heavyweights in the form of Chelsea and Arsenal. In fact, in the last five, their only loss came against Newcastle United but they managed to get a 0-0 against title challengers Liverpool.
Kurt Zouma may not be directly contributing to Chelsea's cause this season but he may end up helping us out a great deal if he could end this season on a high.
Fantastic to see Kurt Zouma gaining plaudits. Before his knee injury, like many, I was so excited for his future.— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 7, 2019
Pleased that Chelsea kept him. He has to be part of the new guard for us next season and onwards. pic.twitter.com/agaDaOzf9K
Gomes and Zouma must be our priorities. Both have been very good for us and both seem to really enjoy being at Everton— Niasse’sLocker (@clu3lessrobert) April 7, 2019
Honestly, just throw every penny we have in the bank at Gomes and Zouma first of all. I’ll throw 30-40 at Chelsea honestly...— ▫️ (@myclubareshite) April 7, 2019
he’s shown his quality so far and he’s forming a decent partnership with Keane too