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Everton Beat Arsenal to Dent Gunners Top Four Hopes


Ahmed Ahmed - 7Dnews London

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 18:39 GMT

Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday April 7th courtesy of an early goal by Phil Jagielka. The Gunners missed their chance to retake third place from Spurs after another disappointing performance away from home.

Arsenal had a penalty turned down, after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by Kurt Zouma, in the box. Everton took the lead in the 10th minute when Jagielka was a late replacement for the ill Michael Keane struck home from close range after a mix up in the Arsenal box.

The game was being played at a frantic pace as both sides seemed to be missing the final ball in the last third. Gylfi Sigurdsson shot straight at Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno late in the first half as Everton went into the break a goal up.

The visitors started the second-half strongly and almost equalised immediately when substitute Aaron Ramsey shot over the bar from inside the area. Just before the hour mark a Shkodran Mustafi long ball was headed straight at Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford by Lacazette.

A counter-attack from the home side led to Bernard running clean through but the Brazilian forward shot was saved by Leno. In the 68th minute Sigurdsson had an effort deflected wide as the hosts started to get back into the game.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan came closest for Arsenal, after the Armenian cut in from the left to strike inches wide of the post. Not long after Sigurdsson missed another chance to double the advantage, after hitting a first-time shot straight at Leno from a Richarlison low cross. The 21-year-old Brazilian also wasted a chance to kill the game off after firing wide from inside the penalty area in the 74th minute.

Despite the missed chances the Toffees held on for a deserved victory. The defeat leaves Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier league, a point behind Tottenham and above Chelsea via goal difference.

Everton boss Marco Silva spoke to the BBC after the game and praised his side’s performance: "Really, really happy. We deserve the three points. The chances we created, we should score more goals. It is a fantastic win - one more clean sheet.”

Arsenal Boss Unai Emery also spoke to the BBC after the game and said: "The two halves were very different. First half we were consistent defensively but didn't create a lot of attacking moments and they scored from a throw-in.

"In the second half we were better offensively but defensively there were more chances for them. We needed a change in the attacking third but I didn't want to lose the balance defensively like we lost it.