A rejuvenated Arsenal dismantled ten men Everton as the Gunners came away 5-2 winners in an entertaining match at Goodison Park on Sunday to register a place in the top five for the moment. Everton though, after another shocking performance are in the relegation zones now.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman needed a win in this match, so was Arsene Wenger,both for different reasons though. Gunners are pushing for title while the Toffees need to revitalize their season after a dismal start.
Arsene Wenger chose a strong squad on his birthday and it was the first time when Lacazette, Sanchez and Ozil startrd together for the Gunners. Rooney returned for Everton, so was Sigurdsson and Jagielka in defense.
Arsenal started the game in fine fashion and threatened from the kick off. Gunners were playing some scintillating football and they were close to an opening goal when Lacazette was denied by Pickford. But Everton took the lead against the run of play when returning boy Wayne Rooney scored a long range strike after Gueye dispossessed Xhaka in a dangerous position. Arsenal though were still the better team after conceding and came close through Ramsey and Sanchez. Eventually the away side equalized as Monreal scored five minutes from the break.
Rooney scored to give Everton the lead
After the break, Arsenal were different class as they absolutely bossed the Toffees. It took only eight minutes after restart for the Gunners to take the lead as Mesut Ozil found space in the box and headed home. Everton were in more disarray as Idrissa Gueye got a second yellow after a dangerous tackle on Xhaka. Ozil turned provider then for Lacazette who helped himself to make it 3-1.
Lacazette celebrates after his goal
Ramsey then added to Everton’s misery as Goodison faithfuls started towards exit. Oumar Niasse then scored an open goal tap in after Monreal’s telegraphed back pass to pull one back for the semi muted home side. But it was Arsenal’s Chilean Champion who had the last say as Alexis Sanchez scored a pile driver to finish it off in style for the Gunners.
Ozil had a goal and an assist
Everton: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Williams; Kenny, Baines; Rooney, Gueye, Vlasic, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin
Arsenal: Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette