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Carlo Ancelotti celebrated a year in charge of Everton with a 2-1 win against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday night.
An own goal from Rob Holding midway through the first half saw the Toffees take the lead. Nicolas Pepe leveled from the penalty spot after a Tom Davies foul in the area. However, Everton did not refuse and regained their lead at the edge of the break when Yerry Mina scored from a corner.
Here are three things we learned from Goodison Park:
Everton have certainly been one of the surprise packages throughout the 2020/21 campaign, with the Toffees now bouncing back to second place after the win against the Gunners. It was also another very positive result at home.
Only close neighbors Liverpool can boast more points at home than Everton, and the Toffees have won four of their first seven games at Goodison Park. In fact, the Reds are the only team that has found the net more at home than Ancelotti’s men.
With fans present at Goodison Park and other teams strangely struggling to host this season, that fantastic form will be extremely helpful for Carlo Ancelotti and his men. If they can keep taking advantage of that for the rest of the campaign, then the Toffees could really be contenders for the UEFA Champions League positions. They can be backed at a price of 11/2 with Betfair to win one of the top four positions this season.
The Towering Toffees score from another set piece
One aspect in which Ancelotti’s troops have excelled this season, and not only at home, is their prolificity from set pieces. Mina’s header from a corner on the edge of half-time was another game in which they scored from a corner, meaning they have now found the net in eight set pieces throughout the campaign, no team has scored since more. . Once again, a great strength stands out in his game.
It stands out as an even more strength that despite their poor form this season, Arsenal had yet to concede a set piece situation before Mina’s goal. Combining brilliant football, that they are capable of playing, with the ability to be a threat from set pieces, indicates an extremely talented team that could certainly achieve something memorable.
Arsenal’s lack of spirit
From a side that is currently flying, it couldn’t be any different for Arsenal, who are increasingly being pushed into a relegation battle. While there has certainly been a lack of quality at Arsenal this season, indicating their worst start to a Premier League season, their main problem could be their spirit and mindset.
Once again, falling behind, the Gunners simply couldn’t mount a comeback and, for a period after the halftime whistle, they never seemed threatening enough to find a tying or winning goal. The loss at Goodison Park was the eighth time they were left behind in the Premier League. So far, they have only managed to win one point by falling behind. Only Aston Villa, Burnley and Fulham have managed to recover fewer points. Even Sheffield United, who are at the bottom of the table by just one point, have won the same amount by losing.
That statistic is even more damning considering that the North London team managed to regain 18 points after losing positions during the 2019/20 season, the third most in the league behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and eventual champion Liverpool.
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 ′).
Goals: Holding OG (22 ′), Pepe (PEN 35 ′), Mina (45 + 1 ′)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Yellow cards: Elneny (15 ′), Tierney (40 ′), Willock (90 + 1 ′), Calvert-Lewin (90 + 3 ′)
Red cards: REACH