Mikel Arteta acquired well mannered applause from the Gwladys Road on his return to Goodison Park however little else as Arsenal’s depressing run of kind continued. His staff supplied a bit struggle, true, however treasured little high quality as they endured a seventh Premier League recreation with out a win whereas Everton ascended into second.
Yerry Mina’s header on the stroke of half-time delivered a merited win for Carlo Ancelotti’s facet after Pépé’s penalty had cancelled out Rob Holding’s unlucky personal purpose. The gulf in confidence between the groups was seen, and comprehensible, and regardless of an improved second-half show Arsenal lacked the guile and composure to rescue a degree.
Arteta, already with out the suspended Gabriel Magalhães, suffered one other setback earlier than kick-off when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dominated out with a decent calf. David Luiz changed the Brazilian in a three-man Arsenal defence who got here underneath quick stress from an Everton facet displaying extra confidence, intent and aggression.
It was solely after falling behind that the guests awoke from an anaemic begin. There might have been extra defensive duty on Abdoulaye Doucouré within the absence of the hamstrung Allan however that didn’t deter the Everton midfielder from driving his staff ahead in one other extremely spectacular show.
Probabilities had been at a premium in a quiet opening, nonetheless, prompting Michael Keane to go it alone and shoot from over 25 yards because the Arsenal defence backed off. His effort swerved inches broad of Bernd Leno’s right-hand publish.
Given Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s aerial prowess and the house behind the Arsenal wing-backs, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka, high quality deliveries into the world at all times appeared a fruitful possibility for Everton.
They took some time to seek out their vary however discovered themselves deservedly forward when the previous Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi collected a cross-field ball from Tom Davies and centred for Calvert-Lewin. The England worldwide related with a glancing header that struck the unwitting Holding earlier than creeping contained in the far publish.
Arsenal had been belatedly jolted into motion. Kieran Tierney created a superb opportunity for Eddie Nketiah to equalise when he hooked the ball again from the byline for the unmarked striker. Nketiah badly miscued with a sliced end that sailed yards broad.
The guests had been then gifted a leveller from the penalty spot when Davies, beginning instead of the injured Allan and André Gomes, inadvertently felled Maitland-Niles when trying to clear Mina’s diving header.
The Arsenal winger made the many of the contact however Davies’s response mentioned all of it when he swung on the clearance solely to attach with Maitland-Niles’s thigh as a substitute. Pépé, after an extended, stuttering run-up, despatched Jordan Pickford the unsuitable manner from the spot.
The guests had been unable to get pleasure from their reward for lengthy. On the stroke of half-time Calvert-Lewin began and completed a flowing Everton transfer with a neat chest and a measured go to Iwobi on the correct. He launched the overlapping Mason Holgate, who returned the ball inside for Calvert-Lewin to chop throughout Mohamed Elneny and drive left-footed in the direction of the highest nook.
Leno intervened with an excellent fingertip save solely to be overwhelmed seconds later from the ensuing nook. Mina misplaced Pépé far too simply as Gylfi Sigurdsson formed to cross and, having darted to the entrance publish with out his marker for firm, beat Leno with a strong header.
To their credit score Arsenal had been unrecognisable after the restart, dominating the primary quarter-hour with an urgency that was sorely missing within the first half and carrying a real menace. The left-wing mixture of Tierney and Willian was largely accountable and it was from the latter’s cross that Arsenal nearly equalised for a second time. Pickford spilled the cross underneath stress straight to David Luiz, whose shot bounced off the bottom and on to the publish with the Everton goalkeeper stranded.
Penalty apart, Pépé was a peripheral determine thanks in no small half to a different assured show from Ben Godfrey, who’s making mild work of getting to deputise at left-back regardless of being a right-footed central defender. A barnstorming run from the previous Norwich captain nearly created a 3rd purpose for Calvert-Lewin as Everton regained the initiative after the David Luiz let-off. Richarlison, breezing away from Maitland-Niles, then teed up Iwobi however Tierney intervened with an important clearance earlier than the winger may convert. Keane was additionally near connecting with a Sigurdsson free-kick into the world having peeled away from the Arsenal defence.