Everton Continued Their Fine Form With Another Win Against One Of The Top Four As Arsenal Fail To Turn Up At Goodison Park! Two Captains Make Headlines! Match Highlights. Manager Comments. Player Ratings and Stats
By: Marc Gingell
Arsenal’s away day problems continued at Everton where they could have been beaten by four or five instead of one. That defeat means Arsenal have only six points away from home during their last nine games. Only three teams have a worse record than that – Bournemouth, Fulham, and Huddersfield.
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Captain Phil Jagielka – Match Winner
Thirty-six year old Everton captain Phil Jagielka, who didn’t expect to play in this game, turned out to be the match winner and put in a joint man of the match performance to help Everton keep their third win and clean sheet in a row. What makes it even more special is that two of those wins came against the top four clubs.
Jagielka tapped in from just inside the six-yard box after a long throw on Everton’s left that Arsenal failed to clear. From that point on Everton had many opportunities to put this game to bed but failed to take any. If they had a four or five nil score would not have been out of place.
Captain Mesut Özil – Substituted
Mesut Özil made his first Arsenal away start since Boxing Day and Unai Emery made him captain for the day. This could have been a challenge for Özil, to see if wearing the captain’s armband had an impact on his away day performances, which in turn might generate a better Arsenal away day performance.
Way before 74 minutes, when Emery threw the towel in on Özil and hooked him from the action, it was clear that this plan B had totally failed. Özil, four out of ten, didn’t respond and neither did his teammates who received similar ratings apart from goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Emery’s master plan back-fired and, with four away games out of six left to go, he needs to find another plan B or Arsenal’s chances of making the top four looks impossible.
Everton: Pickford (6), Jagielka (8), Zouma (7), Digne (7), Coleman (7), Gomes (7), Sigurdsson (7), Gueye (8), Bernard (8), Calvert-Lewin (8), Richarlison (7).
Subs used: Walcott (6), Lookman (n/a), Davies (n/a).
Arsenal: Leno (7), Sokratis (5), Elneny (4), Monreal (5), Mustafi (4), Mkhitaryan (5), Ozil (4), Maitland-Niles (5), Kolasinac (4), Guendouzi (5), Lacazette (5).
Subs used: Ramsey (6), Aubameyang (4), Iwobi (6).
Man of the match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
- Everton have won three consecutive Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since January 2017.
- Aged 36 years and 233 days, Everton defender Phil Jagielka became the oldest player to score a Premier League goal this season.
- Arsenal are one of only two teams in the top four tiers of English league football this season without an away clean sheet this season, along with Championship side Ipswich Town.
- Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson attempted seven shots in this match – as many as the entire Arsenal team combined.
Everton have won their last two Premier League games against ‘big six’ opponents – as many as in their previous 41 league games against them (W2 D14 L25).
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