Arsenal overcome struggling Everton for vital Premier League victory
Posted : 17 September 2023
Arsenal secured a hard-fought and well-deserved victory against Everton at Goodison Park, a venue where they've struggled in recent years. The Toffees, still without a Premier League win this season, lacked quality throughout the match. Arsenal substitute Leandro Trossard broke the deadlock with a classy side-foot finish in the 69th minute.
Arsenal had an early goal ruled out for offside, with Eddie Nketiah involved in the build-up as Gabriel Martinelli swept the ball home in the first half. However, Everton couldn't hold out in the second half as Trossard capitalized on some patient build-up play by the Gunners.
Manager Mikel Arteta was visibly delighted with the win, as Arsenal maintained their unbeaten start to the season and closed the gap to league leaders Manchester City to just two points.
In contrast, Everton appears to be in for a tough season, struggling to find any form or quality on the pitch. This performance was far from the Everton side that beat Arsenal when manager Sean Dyche first took charge in February.
The match marked a significant victory for Arteta, who has faced challenges at Goodison Park in the past. However, Arsenal controlled the game against a lackluster Everton side, providing their debutant goalkeeper David Raya with a comfortable Premier League debut.
While Everton fans applauded their team at the final whistle, it seemed more out of habit than an acknowledgment of the team's quality, as the home side displayed little cohesion, creativity, or attacking prowess.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and defenders James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite made some crucial contributions, but Everton's overall performance highlighted the vast gap in class between the two sides.
These are uncertain times for Everton, both on and off the pitch, with owner Farhad Moshiri's announcement of a potential sale to American investment fund 777 Partners creating further uncertainty. The traditionally hostile atmosphere at Goodison Park lacked its usual edge, reflecting the struggles of a club searching for direction.
With just one point from five games, Everton faces the prospect of another challenging season as they fight to avoid relegation.