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Matchday 15: Everton FC vs Arsenal 2-1: Post Match Analysis

Bertrand Traore

Everton went into the game against Arsenal looking to end their winless streak. The Toffees had a bright start but did not play up to their mark. Fortunately for them, Demarai Gray scored the winner in the 93rd minute.

The Toffees were in a dangerous situation when Ben Godfrey saw his studs caught in Tomiyasu’s face. Fortunately for them, he did not get a red card because Godfrey lost balance and the follow-through was unintended. Arsenal would have lost horribly if it were not for VAR.

Ben Godfrey’s unintended tackle on Tomiyasu.

VAR denied two goals that Richarlison scored. The first one came from Townsend’s free-kick in the 44th minute which the Brazilian headed in but then VAR ruled it out.

Arsenal scored a goal after Odegaard volleyed it in the bottom corner. After halftime, Richarlison scored another goal but VAR ruled it out. It was in the 79th minute when Richarlison found his luck after heading a follow-up from Demarai Gray.

Everton took the lead in the 93rd minute when Grey scored a long-range banger. There was no way Arsenal keeper Ramsdale could have saved that.

Team changes for Arsenal and Everton

For Everton

Rafael Benitez made changes for his team after a much-needed win. Yerry Mina returned to fitness and came in for Lucas Digne. In their 4-1 loss against Liverpool, Salomon Rondon was injured and Anthony Gordon replaced him against The Gunners.

For Arsenal

Mikel Arteta made 4 changes after a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United. Alexandre Lacazzete, Saka, Xhaka, and Tierney were brought in for Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Eleneny, and Tavares.

Post Match comments

Rafael Benitez told that

“It is clear, when the fans, the players, everybody sticks together we are stronger. The reaction of the team to the goals that were disallowed and conceding a goal at the end of the first half, we still scored goals and reacted. Every player and fan is expecting that. Everybody is really pleased and hopefully it is the right step forward.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

“In the first half we were very inconsistent with the ball. I didn’t like it. No penetration. One of the few times we did it we scored. Second half we tried to do more of those things, created four big chances but conceded a very sloppy goal when you need to manage the game.

Interesting takeaways from Arsenal vs Everton

1) Aubameyang has failed to score in each of his last six PL appearances. His last longest goalless run was a 14 game spell in 2014 with Borussia Dortmund.

2) Everton have been undefeated in their last three matches against Arsenal.

3) The Toffees have won 10 points from losing positions in the Premier League. Only Atletico Madrid has won more across the top 5 European Leagues.

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