Everton advanced to second place in the Premier League while misery increased over Arsenal with Mikel Arteta winning 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Everton made a header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin from a cross from Alex Iwobi that collided with Arsenal captain Rob Holding and settled in his net (22), but Arsenal equalized the penalty kick by Nicolas Pepe after Tom Davis’s mistake on Ainsley Maitland-Niles (35).
Everton advanced to the first half thanks to Jerry Mina’s header close to the post from a corner kick for Gilfi Sigurdsson (44), and Arsenal approached in the quieter second half as David Luiz hit the wooden net with a skewed effort after Jordan Pickford bounced back a cross. .
A year after Carlo Ancelotti and Arteta took their jobs, their seasons continued to go in opposite directions as Everton’s third successive victory leaves them second after rivals Merseyside Liverpool for at least 24 hours.
Arsenal, which was “lacking in quality in every department” according to Jimmy Redknapp of Sky Sports, sees its continuation. They remain in 15th place with just 14 points from 14 games, after losing five of their last seven in the Premier League.
Everton: Beckford (6), Holgate (7), Ken (8), Godfrey (7), Mina (8), Iwobi (6), Ducuri (7), Davis (6), Sigurdsson (8), Richarlison (8), Calvert Lewin (8)
Submarines: Coleman (NA), Kenny (NA), Tucson (NA)
Arsenal: Lino (6), Holding (5), Louise (6), Tierney (6), Maitland-Niles (6), El Niñe (5), Sibaius (4), Saka (7), Pepe (6), Willian (4) Raster (5)
Submarines: Willock (5), Martinelli (5), Lacazette (NA)
Man of the Match: Dominic Calvert Lewin
How Arsenal fell again as Everton was seen
The first stages of the confrontation were at Goodison Park, with both teams scoring just one touch in the penalty area before Everton’s opening game midway through the first half. Ex Arsenal winger Iwobi’s cross was passed early by Calvert Lewin, but she hit the holding and found the bottom left corner of his net.
With Pierre Emerick Aubameyang out due to a calf injury, Arsenal missed a bite in the first half but equalized with his first shot on goal when he criticized Davis for a shot from Maitland Niles in the area. Pepe rose and scored a goal to become Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions, with six goals.
After Calvert Lewin put in a superb performance to win a corner as the clock drew close to the end of the first half, Sigurdsson found the set-pieces result of Mina on the near post as he shot Pepi and Bukayo Saka, looking into the corner despite Bernd Leno’s touch. .
Incredibly, Mina’s last four goals were scored in the 45th minute, with Everton picking the perfect time to score.
Arsenal had a chance to equalize early in the second half as Pickford failed to collect Willian’s cross, but Louise’s shot, which veered the hemisphere from 15 yards, hit the post and accidentally landed on a blue shirt in the penalty area.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was out with a calf injury in favor of Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta said he should only be out for a few days. Willian came in instead, while David Luiz replaced the arrested Gabriel, and Gabriel Martinelli is back on the bench for the first time since he injured a knee in June.
For Everton, Robert Olsen is replaced by Jordan Pickford, while Tom Davis’ injured Alan is replaced. Seamus Coleman was on the bench for the first time in two months after a hamstring injury.
Arsenal was bloated – Arteta’s player got younger and younger when Joe Willock was introduced, Gabriel Martinelli came for the first time since March – but he lacked quality in the final third. Sky Sports “They struggle, they don’t play with much effort or desire or fire in their stomachs,” Graeme Souness said, and that was evident all the time as they struggled to act as equal.
Everton managed the match in the second half, thanks in large part to Richarlison and Calvert Lewin being late.
Arsenal, who had not scored from open play in any of their last five away matches in the Premier League, was restricted to long-range endeavors as Pepe and Willian fired well uninspired, and despite some late pressure, Everton survived with Pickford sidelined. Kieran Tierney’s late shot to secure the points.
Everton was greeted by 2,000 fans at Goodison Park at the final whistle, but for Arsenal the anxiety continues. 14 points from 14 games this season is Arsenal’s worst record at this point in the season since the 1974-1975 campaign.
Everton now host Manchester United on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, live on Sky Sports Football at 8 pm, before going to club-side Sheffield United on Boxing Day at 8 pm.
Arsenal host Manchester City on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, live on Sky Sports Football at 8 pm, before Chelsea host the Premier League on Boxing Day at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.