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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Watch: Arsenal 'defensively weak' and Everton will look to exploit on counter-attack - Allardyce

Everton manager Sam Allardyce as called Arsenal "defensively weak" ahead of his side's trip to the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal enter the match off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Swansea City, who at the time were bottom of the Premier League table. Everton, meanwhile, travel to London following a 2-1 win over Leicester City, with both goals scored by former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

Speaking ahead of the match, Allardyce said: "We have to manage Arsenal's attacking force. They haven't scored as many goals as in recent years, which gives us an opportunity to try and shut them out.

"We studied the Swansea performance where Swansea managed to get a result. But the Emirates is a different kettle of fish. It's about trying to nullify the strengths of Arsenal.

"Defensively they are weak, because of the players they commit forward. If we are clever enough we can play well and get good counter-attacking movement going."

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