The fixture of Everton vs Arsenal was important for both sides and the Gunners suffered a major setback last night in their title challenge as they were humbled by Everton at Goodison Park by 2-1 despite an early lead.
League leaders Chelsea are now three points clear on top with a game in hand and the Gunners will have to rectify their fallacy before weekend’s mega-clash against Manchester City. Everton, who were in desperate need of a league victory, are now rejuvenated once again and morally augmented before Merseyside derby.
Arsenal missed their defender Shkodran Mustafi due to injury who was in great form along with Laurent Koscielny. However, the Toffees exploited the opportunity of his absence and managed a late winner at around 86th minute of the game via a header of Ashley Williams from Ross Barkley’s corner.
The Gunners had an early lead at around 20 minutes when Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick was deflected by Williams to find the net. But the lead didn’t last long as Everton scored an equalizer late into the first half when Seamus Coleman headed home from Leighton Baines’ cross. Both of their goals were from defensive howlers as the scorers were left unmarked by the Gunners backline. The victory has taken Ronald Koeman’s men at 7th spot in the league table and they are back in race to fight for a place in Europe.
Everton vs Arsenal Line-ups:
Everton: Maarten Stekelenburg, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Leighton Baines, Idrissa Gana Gueye, James McCarthy (Ramiro Funes Mori 90′), Ross Barkley, Enner Valencia (Dominic Calvert-Lewin 79′), Aaron Lennon ( Kevin Mirallas 68′), Romelu Lukaku.
Arsenal: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin (Lucas Perez 88′), Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Alex Iwobi 71′), Theo Walcott ( Olivier Giroud 71′), Alexis Sanchez.
Everton vs Arsenal Highlights:
Everton vs Arsenal Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||14(4)||9(3)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||10(2:1 Yellow, 1 Red)||10(1)|