Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn tells Mikel Arteta what he must do to beat Everton

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Mikel Arteta is making steady improvement as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Nigel Winterburn feels Arsenal’s comfortable win over Newcastle last weekend covered up some cracks in the team and they will have to significantly improve to beat Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners walloped the Magpies 4-0 last weekend thanks to second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.

However, they face a sterner test against the Toffees this weekend, after their impressive upturn in results since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as manager in December.

Everton have won three and drawn two of their last five Premier League games and are two points ahead of Arsenal in the table going into the clash at the Emirates.

Broadly speaking, Winterburn feels Arsenal will need to be sharper in attack and defence against Ancelotti’s in-form side if they want to build on the Newcastle win.

Arsenal have a chance of beating Everton this weekend but they’re going to have to two things better than they did against Newcastle,’ Winterburn told GentingBet.

‘Yes, a 4-0 score line suggests it was a comfortable victory, it wasn’t.

‘Arsenal need to improve the movement of the football forward and the risk.

‘Against Newcastle, it was too static in the first half, playing across, nobody running in behind.

‘And then again, defensively [they need to improve].

‘Everton are going to cause them a lot more problems going forward [than Newcastle], they’re going to put Arsenal under more pressure, so the question is how are Arsenal going to react to that and can they cope against a team that is in good form?’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been encouraged by his side’s defensive improvements in recent weeks which have seen them keep three straight clean sheets.

‘I told them they have to enjoy defending,’ said the Spaniard after a 1-0 win at Olympiakos in the Europa League on Thursday.

‘If you give the ball away you better run back. The team instead of splitting are coming together and the wide players are doing different things than before.

‘It’s a big effort.’

Arsenal host Everton in the Premier League at 4.30pm on Sunday.

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