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.
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