Mikel Arteta and his brigade continues to weave their magic web as Arsenal gets on the song by defeating Merseyside club Everton on fine margins, as Belgian Leandro Trossard registered the only goal of the night. With this win, Arsenal leapfrog Brighton to a fourth place stand as the Gunners went past Everton after years.
Arsenal defeats Everton
Arsenal has been one of the top teams since last year at Premier League. After staying on top for most of the season last year to narrowly losing out to serial champions Manchester City, the Gunners are up for avenging last year’s loss. This season, they have been one of the best teams, and is currently on an unbeaten streak of five games, winning four and drawing one. Last night, their flying run could have been under threat as they visited Everton’s den Goodison Park, a venue where they have a tragic record of losing four games in last five visits. But, Belgian winger Trossard had other plans in mind as the Gunners went deep in the game to get past the Toffees, thus registering a nervy yet well-deserving victory.
Arteta raised eyebrows when the playing eleven was announced as he had replaced star keeper Aaron Ramsdale with new recruit David Raya, thus looking for some versatility in the custodian sector. Arteta, who was once a honorable name in this field as a player had been inflicted with several painful defeats in their last few visits. The score line could have been a double in Arsenal’s favor, but in the first half, Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli’s sweeping finish was cancelled due to offside against Eddie Nketiah in the build-up.
Arteta elated after hard fought victory
Arteta, the driving force behind Arsenal’s steady improvement, was elated with his team’s victory, as Arsenal entered the top four, trailing by two points from Manchester City. The Toffees, on the other hand, continue their struggle for survival after reeling on the 18th position, with 1 point from five games. Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of Everton came against Arsenal, where they had outperformed the Gunners, thus impeding their title race with Manchester City. But, last night presented a different story as they were at the other end, seeing Trossard and Arsenal playing out a beautiful game, with star boy Bukayo Saka assisting the winner for the Belgian, prompting him to complete a side-foot finish on the 69th minute.
Comparatively, Raya was given a breather as a Premier League debutant as Arsenal stoppers barely let past any ball from the opponents, having 74% possession with them, compared to Everton’s 26%. Although Martinelli was taken off the field due to a treacherous hamstring injury which was a blow for Arteta ahead of a vital Champions League fixture against PSV, Trossard made it sure that they would collect all important three points from their “unlucky” ground.
The boss was heard saying, “It was a long time without a win here. We played a great game, we didn’t give anything away. We dominated the game and created numerous chances. The score should probably have been bigger. I really enjoyed this. Against Manchester United, I saw my face after and it was a bit of relief. This was enjoyment.”
On the other hand, desperate times continue in Everton as they had reportedly been lacking in attacking prowess, with some loose balls in the defense , thus making it dreadful for the home fans. Goodison Park seemed a bit tamed last night, the hostile atmosphere probably getting subdued due to team’s poor performances. New recruit Beto gave it all on the pitch, but he was not destined to score, as he was replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, After the game, manager Dyche was heard speaking, “I thought we would have more points on the board by now but you can’t give the ball away that many times. That link on transition was missing and we weren’t effective enough. We are conceding softish goals. Our growth is where we are. There is a reality. Last season nothing was solved. I’ve said there is massive work to be done.”