Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Three Things We Learned

By | December 20, 2020
Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Three Things We Learned

Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Three Issues We Realized

Carlo Ancelotti celebrated a yr answerable for Everton with a 2-1 win in opposition to floundering Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday night.

A Rob Holding own-goal mid-way via the first-half noticed the Toffees declare the lead. Nicolas Pepe equalised from the spot after a Tom Davies foul within the penalty space. Everton have been to not be denied although and reclaimed their benefit on the stroke of half-time as Yerry Mina netted from a nook.

Listed here are three issues we discovered from Goodison Park:

Fortress Goodison

Everton have actually been one of many shock packages all through the 2020/21 marketing campaign, with the Toffees now bouncing as much as second following victory in opposition to the Gunners. It was additionally one other very constructive consequence on dwelling soil.

Solely close to neighbours Liverpool can boast extra factors at dwelling than Everton, with the Toffees having gained 4 of their opening seven matches at Goodison Park. In truth, the Reds are the one aspect to have discovered the online extra at dwelling than Ancelotti’s males.

With followers current at Goodison Park and different sides surprisingly having struggles when internet hosting this season, that implausible kind will are available extraordinarily useful for Carlo Ancelotti and his males. If they’ll proceed harnessing that for the rest of the marketing campaign, then the Toffees might actually be contenders for the UEFA Champions League positions. They are often backed at a value of 11/2 with Betfair to earn a prime 4 place this season.

Towering Toffees rating from one other set piece

One side that Ancelotti’s troops have excelled this season, and never simply at dwelling, is their prolificacy from set items. Mina’s header from a nook on the stroke of half-time was one other recreation during which they scored from a nook, that means they’ve now discovered the online from eight set items all through the marketing campaign – no aspect has scored from extra. Once more, it highlights an enormous energy of their recreation.

It’s highlighted as much more of a energy that regardless of their poor kind this season, Arsenal had but to concede from a set piece scenario earlier than Mina’s objective. Coupling sensible soccer, which they’re able to enjoying, with the power to be a risk from set items, signifies an especially gifted workforce and one that would actually obtain one thing memorable.

Lack of spirit from Arsenal

From one aspect who’s at the moment flying, it couldn’t be any completely different for Arsenal who’re being pushed ever nearer in the direction of a relegation battle. While there has actually been a scarcity of high quality at Arsenal this season, indicative of their worst begin to a Premier League season, their essential drawback might actually be their spirit and mentality.

As soon as once more falling behind, the Gunners have been merely not in a position to mount a restoration and however for a interval after the half-time whistle by no means regarded threatening sufficient to seek out an equaliser or successful objective. The loss at Goodison Park was the eighth time that they’ve fallen behind within the Premier League. Up to now, they’ve solely managed to achieve one level when falling behind. Solely Aston Villa, Burnley and Fulham have managed to recuperate fewer factors. Even Sheffield United, who’re backside of the desk on only a solitary level, have earned the identical quantity when dropping.

That statistic is much more damning contemplating the North London outfit managed to regain 18 factors from dropping positions all through 2019/20 – the third most within the league behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and eventual champions Liverpool.

Match Report

Everton: Pickford (6); Godfrey (7), Mina (7), Keane (7), Holgate (6); Doucoure (7), Davies (6), Sigurdsson (7); Iwobi (7) (Coleman (N/A), 83′), Richarlison (7) (Kenny (N/A), 90+2′), Calvert-Lewin (7) (Tosun (N/A), 90+3′).

Arsenal: Leno (6); Tierney (6), Luiz (5), Holding (5), Maitland-Niles (5); Elneny (5) (Willock (5), 64′), Ceballos (4), Saka (5); Pepe (5) (Martinelli (5), 71′), Willian (4), Nketiah (5) (Lacazette (4), 76′).

Targets: Holding OG (22′), Pepe (PEN 35′), Mina  (45+1′)

Referee: Andre Marriner

Yellow Playing cards: Elneny (15′), Tierney (40′), Willock (90+1′), Calvert-Lewin (90+3′)

Pink Playing cards: N/A

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