LONDON (SE) - Mired in a sluggish stretch in the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn't think his club has reason to panic.
The Gunners' dominance of Everton is probably one of the reasons why.
Arsenal look to win a fourth consecutive visit to Goodison Park on Wednesday night in order to overtake the Toffees in the league standings.
Arsenal (5-5-3) routinely qualify for Champions League under Wenger, but the team is currently sixth in the Premier League, one point behind fifth-place Everton (5-6-2).
Wenger isn't too worried about the Gunners' position or 1-2-1 record over their last four league matches. The most recent effort was Saturday's scoreless draw with relegation-threatened Aston Villa, during which Arsenal managed only one shot on target while needing seven saves from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
"Why should we panic? We worry about our next game and we play our next game. I don't know why you should worry about more," Wenger told the team's official website. "You have to worry about your performance, that's all. (The feeling is we must) focus for the next game."
Wenger may be finding some solace in Arsenal's success against Everton.
They're outscored the Toffees 23-8 during an 8-2-0 stretch in the all-time series since a 1-0 loss at Goodison Park on March 18, 2007. The Gunners have won four of five visits since (4-1-0).
They ran their winning streak there to three matches after Thomas Vermaelen's tally in the eighth minute held up in a 1-0 victory March 21.
This meeting, however, will give one of the clubs an advantage in the chase for fourth place, currently held by Chelsea by four points on Everton.
"It will be a six-pointer," said Szczesny, who only needed to make one save at Goodison Park last season. "It will be a very good game for us to win. We managed to get three points last year and it was a really tough match.
"We are outside the top four so our first target is to reach that top four. But our ambitions are much higher than that."
The same can't be said for Everton, who are trying to take the next step and join the league's elite.
They certainly haven't played that was of late, going 1-5-1 in seven matches. That disappointing stretch continued Saturday, when they surrendered a goal in the final minute to settle for a 1-1 draw with visiting Norwich City.
"It's hard to take, but that is the nature of the Premier League," manager David Moyes told the team's official website.
Everton should receive a boost with the return of Marouane Fellaini, who was suspended against the Canaries due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
The Belgian midfielder leads the Toffees with six league goals, netting three in his last three matches. However, he's failed to score in seven meetings with Arsenal.
Steven Naismith, acquired from Glasgow Rangers in the summer, should get a chance to continue his recent scoring surge. The forward has three goals in five games, but each of those tallies has come during his three starts of that stretch - including the last two matches.
"I hoped that he would come here and get us goals," Moyes said. "If he can finish the season with seven or eight, then that will be a good return from him. He is now beginning to get them so good on him."