A 25-year wait has ended as Everton beat Arsenal by the solitary goal. Everton with the win moved within four points of a top-four finish with the win. They had Bernd Leno to thank who’s calamitous own goal helped their cause. The 1-0 loss was amid a protest outside the stadium with regard to the European Super League debacle. The loss heaps pressure on the manager, Mikel Arteta.
A low cross by Richarlison should have been a routine collection but the German keeper let the ball in through his hands. The ball then took a healthy deflection off the back of his legs to roll into the net. As Everton beat Arsenal capped a horrendous week for the Gunners which began with the club’s intention to join the European Super League.
The only other league game Arsenal have started with neither Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nor Alexandre Lacazette in their side was at Goodison Park in December, when Nketiah started up front with Pepe in support, and the young England striker made his presence known on the quarter-hour mark when challenging Godfrey from another Chambers center, with the loose ball falling to Bukayo Saka, but his shot was straight at Jordan Pickford.
Arsenal was convinced they were awarded a second-half penalty when Dani Ceballos was brought down by Richarlison. But the foul was reviewed by VAR. Nicolas Pepe was adjudged to be in an offside just before slipping in Ceballos. The win takes Everton one point behind Tottenham in sixth position six points clear of the Gunners. Richarlison was named man of the match for his performance.
Arsenal: Leno (5), Chambers (7), Holding (7), Pablo Mari (6), Xhaka (5), Thomas (6), Ceballos (6), Pepe (6), Smith-Rowe (7), Saka (7), Nketiah (5).
Subs: Odegaard (6), Willian (n/a), Martinelli (6).
Everton: Pickford (8), Coleman (6), Godfrey (7), Holgate (7), Digne (7), Rodriguez (7), Allan (7), Andre Gomes (6), Richarlison (8), Calvert-Lewin (6), Sigurdsson (7).
Subs: Delph (5), Mina (n/a), Davies (n/a).
Man of the match: Richarlison