Arsenal FC vs Everton FC Emirates Stadium, London Friday, April 23, 2021 3:00 PM EST / 20:00 GMT NBCSN I didn't bother with an image because I don't give a rat's a**. For the past 9 hours I've gone kayaking, done housework, took my son to his mother, and made dinner. All the while I've thought of little else but how much I want to beat the ever lovin' f*** out of this man. Arsenal's opponent for Friday is a proud club. One with a global following. Owner of the 4th most domestic championships among English football clubs. One of the most historic brands in England and the Premiership. One that's on the cusp of constructing a brand new state of the art stadium to help them keep up with the big boys. Yet none of that matters since they had the audacity of not being among the clubs without wealthier ownership at this point in time, and as a result they'll be shunted to the back room of football relevance while Tottenham, owners of 7 fewer English titles than Everton, gets ushered to the front of the queue. The Euro Super League is coming and the Toffees are being punished for having built their shiny new digs 3 years too late. Think they'll want to make a statement on Friday? One can imagine them beating an enigmatic Arsenal and then turning to the gods of footballing TV and asking "Is this what you left me for?!" I will root for Arsenal this season. I'll pray this Euro Super Greed crap gets rebuked hard, and maybe even pushes the bullies of the game back to the ground for a spell, and then I'll pray Arsenal find some way to redeem their character in the future. If not, then it's clear Arsenal and I won't need each other anymore. Until that fate is certain I'll say "Up the Gunners!" But pardon me if I don't also enjoy a smile if Everton win. After all, it's not like Arsenal will be earning their place among Europe's elite via domestic qualification. They've already bought their way in.