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Everton jumped to second place in the table with a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, adding to the pressure on Gunners coach Mikel Arteta.
The Toffees took the lead in the 22nd minute, when an Alex Iwobi cross was greeted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose header deflected Rob Holding and past Bernd Leno. Arsenal had a way back into the game when Tom Davies fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the penalty area, and Nicolas Pepe coldly dispatched the penalty.
But the hosts regained their advantage in first-half stoppage time after defender Yerry Mina rose higher to launch a cross into the near post.
Arsenal came close to leveling midway through the second half when a mistake by Jordan Pickford allowed David Luiz a shot on goal, but his deflected effort hit the crossbar. The Gunners struggled to bring down Everton, and the hosts held out to claim all three points, condemning Arteta to an eighth loss in 14 games.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings for an exciting afternoon at Goodison Park.
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 7/10 – Sent the wrong way for grief. He almost gave Arsenal a second draw with terrible handling from a center, but his teammates took it out. Great intervention at the end.
Mason Holgate (RB) – 7/10 – I didn’t smell like WIllian, and he was always wary of overlapping Saka and Tierney. Become an excellent defender with Ancelotti.
Yerry Mina (CB) – 8/10 – Brilliant looking header at the front post to reestablish Everton’s lead. On the receiving end of a nasty Ceballos stamp, but that didn’t put him off.
Michael Keane (CB) – 8/10 – He nearly broke the dead end with a 30-yard scraper. Unusually dangerous. Powerful at the tackle and thrived on the challenge of stopping the inexperienced Nketiah.
Ben Godfrey (LB) – 7/10 – Some hard tackles for the fans to climb into the stands, legally colliding with Ceballos in the first half. He remained focused at all times.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – 8/10 – Some very nice intricate touches to link midfield and attack and set quick counterattacks in motion. Elegant as always.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 7/10 – He stopped Arsenal’s advance and dragged the Toffees forward. He saved Pickford’s blushes with a good block. Quality midfielder.
Tom Davies (CM) – 6/10 – Mistimed an awkward challenge to allow Arsenal to return to the game just after the half hour mark. Unnecessary. Recovered to play his role in the midfield battle.
Alex Iwobi (RW) – 7/10 – There was room to launch a dangerous cross, forcing Holding to take an own goal action. A lot of rhythm and skill to scare his former teammates.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 8/10 – He got a touch on the cross for the first goal, but it would not have been enough to hit the mark without the intervention of Holding. I almost hit the top bins with great effort from a distance. He drove and hurt the Arsenal defense with power and speed.
Richarlison (LW) – 8/10 – Fast, strong and dynamic. He provided a lovely bond with Calvert-Lewin and always aimed to get behind his side. When Richarlison plays well, Everton plays well. Done.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10
Jonjoe Kenny (LB) – N / A
Cenk Tosun (ST) – N / A
Bernd Leno (GK) – 6/10 – He made an impressive save to start the Calvert-Lewin drive from the top corner. However, I couldn’t avoid the resulting corner.
Rob Holding (CB) – 4/10 – Nightmare. He tried to deflect a cross, but a late deflection hit him and it ended and he sadly shoved the ball into his own net.
David Luiz (CB) – 5/10 – He seemed to be having more discussions with teammates than good moments on defense or on the ball. Too many discussions on the bottom line. Hit the crossbar with a deflected effort.
Kieran Tierney (CB) – 6/10 – He allowed the cross to enter for the first match. He showed great energy to reach the line and cut a ball for Nketiah from an unlikely position.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RWB) – 6/10 – He won the penalty being a fraction faster than his marker. Other than that, it is not brilliant. Never come close to stopping Richarlison on that wing.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – 6/10 – Very lucky to not see red from a nasty challenge and step on the back of Mina’s leg. He is not the same player he was at the end of last season.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – 5/10 – Picked up a yellow card in the first half. He’s not up to par with a team trying to get back to the top half of the table. Out of the rhythm.
Bukayo Saka (LWB) – 5/10 – Really bad screen. Really wanting to, but he was isolated on that flank as Arsenal struggled to put the ball in threatening positions.
Nicolás Pepe (RW) – 6/10 – Calm as you want when he shoots the penalty at the net. Other than that kick, he did very little. He is not the player Arsenal expected him to be.
Eddie Nketiah (ST) – 5/10 – He missed a wonderful opportunity to equalize almost immediately after going back, stroking the ball away from goal.
Willian (LW) – 5/10 – Poor, offered little and slow. Not the man who needed to sculpt and create, not anymore. Abject.
Joe Willock (CM) – 7/10
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – 6/10
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 6/10