Williams Wants Goodison Gunners Repeat To Fire Up Season

Ashley Williams hopes history repeats itself at Goodison Park when Everton take on Arsenal on Sunday.

The Blues defender was the hero last season as he headed the winner in a 2-1 success over the Gunners in December 2016, a result that brought to an end a run of just one win in 10 games.

It was a result that kickstarted a strong second half of the campaign for Ronald Koeman’s men, with the Toffees losing just six of their last 22 games and winning 11.

Williams says success on Sunday against the Londoners can have the same galvanising effect on the Toffees squad.

“It would be nice for it to happen again,” he told evertontv. “Arsenal are a good team and it will be a difficult game. We find ourselves in a similar situation as we did last season and obviously we would take the same result.

“That game turned our form around and we have to keep that kind of mentality going now. We have to keep that work rate and effort because something will drop for us. You just hope that that will turn our season around.

“We can get over the Lyon game because we have another game so quickly. We can’t dwell on the result and we will move on. We will go back to Goodison on Sunday, be positive and try to win the game. Hopefully we can get a similar result to last season.”

The squad returned to USM Finch Farm on Friday to recover and begin their preparation for the Gunners, with just three days between the Europa League defeat to Lyon.

However, after a frustrating night on Thursday that saw Everton suckerpunched by a Bertrand Traore goal despite an improved second-half display in a 2-1 loss to Lyon, Williams insists that is ideal for the Blues.

“There is a quick turnaround now before the Arsenal game so we will get our heads down as we have been doing and try and work though it,” he added.

“When we look back and analyse it, we can’t stay down about it because we have another big game coming up on Sunday. We’ll come in on Friday, recover, do our analysis and take the positives from the Lyon game.

“The way we fought as a team right the end was certainly one of them. The lads battled well and that is what you’ve got to do in the position that we are in at the minute. Things may not go for you but you have to keep working hard.”

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