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Gunners stunned by Toffees at Goodison Park

Posted on December 13, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal missed the chance to move back to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night, as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at Everton.

Arsenal had the first real effort on goal on seven minutes. Nacho Monreal found an off-balance Mesut Ozil, who put an effort over the bar. Arsenal took the lead with the next shot on goal on 20 minutes.

Ashley Williams gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and the resulting free-kick from Alexis Sanchez hit the Welsh international before beating Maarten Stekelenburg in the Toffees goal. On 28 minutes Enner Valencia headed an effort well over Petr Cech’s bar from a corner kick.

The home side came forward again on 35 minutes, as Romelu Lukaku ran at Gabriel, only to mis-hit his effort on goal and hit it way off target. Again on 39 minutes, Ronald Koeman’s side came forward as Phil Jagielka teed up Aaron Lennon, whose effort failed to trouble Cech in the Arsenal goal.

Everton equalised just before the break. Leighton Baines put a superb cross into the box and fellow full-back Seamus Coleman glanced a header past Cech in the Arsenal goal.

The visitors missed a golden opportunity to take the lead on 54 minutes. Sanchez found space and played the ball back to Ozil in the penalty area and the German side-footed the ball just over the bar.

The home side went close on the hour mark. Phil Jagielka played a long-ball to Romelu Lukaku who headed the ball on to Ross Barkley, who fired an effort just wide of Cech’s far post.

Everton had a chance on 70 minutes, as Lukaku raced away from Gabriel, but the Brazilian got back well to deflect the Belgian’s effort into the side-netting. On 75 minutes Sanchez crossed for Alex Iwobi, who took a touch and volleyed into the side-netting.

On 85 minutes Leighton Baines whipped a free-kick in and substitute Calvin-Lewin saw a header deflected over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner kick Everton took the lead as centre-back Ashley Williams headed home from a Ross Barkley’s centre.

Everton broke in stoppage-time, as Barkley showed good feet and produced a low save from Cech, with Kevin Mirallas and Lukaku waiting for a cross. There was still time for Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka to be dismissed for two yellow cards.

Arsenal looked set to equalise deep into stoppage-time. Arsenal had two efforts cleared off the line, including a shot from Alex Iwobi. The Toffees cleared the ball up the other end, as with Cech Everton box Lukaku broke found Barkley and eventually Mirallas lost possession.

That was the last meaningful attack, as Arsenal suffered just their second Premier League defeat of the campaign.

Did Arsenal deserve to lose at Everton?

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  1. Abel Ozioko says:

    Today’s performance against Everton was disappointing. Except for a few, every other person had a chunk of blame for the poor outing. Walcott was not in today’s game, Ozil in recent times has not been as casual as he was today and the gaffer didn’t understand that in good time to make the necessary substitutions. In the absence of Carzola, it pays more to start Iwobi (who stabilizes the midfield by holding the ball and spreading passes) to make Sanchez more effective. Chamberlain should not have started the game but instead introduced alongside Giroud midway into the second half, but having started him, substituting him while Giroud was being introduced could not have been productive as his crosses and bullish moves into the 18 yards area enhances Giroud’s chances of scoring, although Bellerin on a good day would supply the crosses, but that wasn’t the case today. Taking the foot off the pedal after the opening goal was a function of a weak midfield and that left Sanchez again working like a locomotive. Giroud’s presence wasnt felt because the ball was not just coming. Although the defence line worked had the goals conceded was as a result of poor marking of the Everton’s attack. All the same, everyday is not Christmas but we have to be more business-like to challenge for the trophy.



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