Arsenal Secure First Victory Against Everton At Goodison Park Since 2017

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Merseysiders witnessed elegant football from Everton and Arsenal, as two teams with contrasting styles locked horns.

The Gunners in customary fashion enjoyed the larger share of possession in the encounter, while Sean Dyche’s side opted to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Arsenal got a good opportunity in the 10th minute, after a short-corner routine to find Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko found Fabio Viera inside the 18-yard box of the Toffees unmarked, but Viera couldn’t direct his shot at goal, firing a shot over the target.

Arsenal’s opening goal canceled due to offside

In the 19th minute, Arsenal thought they had gone in front after Gabriel Martinelli scored from a well-delivered through-ball.

Unfortunately, the goal was canceled after Nketiah was seen in an offside position, in the build-up to the goal.

That ultimately meant that Fabio Viera’s killer pass to Gabriel Martinelli, and the resultant goal didn’t matter anymore.

In the 24th minute, Gabriel Martinelli was pulled out for Leandro Trossard, after the Brazilian picked up an injury.

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Leandro Trossard came up clutch for Arsenal in the 69th minute

Both sides managed to limit their opposition from going directly at their goalkeeper, and that resulted in both teams conjuring other efforts to carve open the opposition’s defense.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s side also saw a great chance in the 41st minute, after Martin Odegaard and Ben White combined well in the right side of Everton’s box.

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White was a recipient of the one-two and he struck a great attempt at Jordan Pickford, but it just couldn’t trouble the England international.

The home side also saw a big chance in the 2nd minute of additional time in the first 45, with Idrissa Gana Gueye running down the left flank, before setting up Dwight McNeil.

McNeil’s subsequent effort was blocked by William Saliba, and Everton supporters called for a handball, but referee Simon Hooper turned a blind eye to it.

Everton’s Ashley Young was issued the first yellow card of the game against Arsenal

In that same minute, Ashley Young was adjudged to have fouled Leandro Trossard, as the Belgian tried to kick-start an attack for Arsenal.

Young touched a bit of the ball following a sliding tackle, but he also appeared to have taken out Leandro Trossard, and that resulted in the game’s first yellow card.

Everton and Arsenal went into the break level, and both managers definitely had different half-time team talks.

Mikel Arteta might have told his boys to be more daring in the second half, while Sean Dyche probably told his side to keep their side and remain conservative.

Arsenal started the second half more purposeful as Rice sent a pass to Odegaard, who smashed a shot at Jordan Pickford.

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The Everton shot-stopper did well to parry the shot away, with a confident stop, saving his side’s blemish.

In the 48th minute, Gabriel was given a yellow card for a foul on Beto, after the Portuguese drove pass him.

Everton initially had a scare in the 50th minute, after Oleksandr Zinchenko fired a shot from outside the box.

Zinchenko’s attempt hit James Tarkowski, and Arsenal players called the referee to look at the action for a possible handball.

Did James Tarkowski commit a handball offense?

Following, a brief review, Tarkowski was deemed to have blocked the shot with his body and not his hand.

Mikel Arteta made his second substitution of the game in the 66th minute, introducing Gabriel Jesus for Eddie Nketiah.

Sean Dyche’s Everton are yet to pick up a victory in the Premier League after 5 matches

The Toffees also responded with a substitution of their own, bringing off Beto for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Arsenal pick up victory against Everton at Goodison Park for the first time since 2017

Arsenal got their breakthrough goal 3 minutes later, with Leandro Trossard blasting the Gunners into the lead.

Goodison Park erupted following the goal, as the away supporters were in an absolute frenzy, while Everton fans watched on in a state of delirium.

Both sides continued to go at each other, with Arsenal having another great chance in the 77th minute, following a mix-up from the defense of Everton.

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Odegaard was played through on goal by Leandro Trossard, leaving him one-on-one with Jordan Pickford, but the Arsenal captain couldn’t convert the opportunity.

Arsenal remain unbeaten after 5 Premier League matches

Fabio Viera’s follow-up attempt was also deflected for a corner, as Arsenal gradually started having their sights on victory.

Mikel Arteta brought on Takehiro Tomiyasu for Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Kai Havertz for Fabio Viera, all tactical substitutions.

Everton also introduced James Garner for Abdoulaye Doucoure in the 80th minute, before bringing on Nathan Patterson for Ashley Young.

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Manager Mikel Arteta and Captain Martin Odegaard in warm embrace

Sean Dyche’s final substitution in the game, saw him bring on youngster Youssef Chermiti for Dwight McNeil, with the intent of salvaging at least a point from the game.

The Gunners continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League, with 4 wins and 1 draw from 5 matches, while Everton remain winless after 5 matches, with 4 defeats and 1 draw.

Mikel Arteta’s side sit 4th, and they have their sight on the Premier League title, while Sean Dyche’s faith at Goodison Park is unknown, as Everton sit 18th on the table.

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