The championship leader plays badly, loses invincibility for a long time and sees his rival leave the relegation zone
Gave zebra! Everton won the Arsenal 1-0 this Saturday at Goodison Park, in a match that is worth the 22nd round of the Premier League. The only goal of the match was scored in the second half by defender Tarkowski. It was only the second defeat for Mikel Arteta’s side in this season’s Premier League and the first win for the Liverpool side since October 2022.
With the result, the Toffees breathe the debut of coach Sean Dyche and leave, at least momentarily, the relegation zone. Arsenal, however, remain top of the table, but vice leaders Manchester City can pull through and reduce the Gunners’ lead to two points.
In the relegation zone and with a new manager, Everton surprised Arsenal in the first half and stepped up pressure on the league leaders. And when he was without the ball, the landlord doubled the mark, putting the Gunners’ construction in difficulty, who managed to control ball possession, but without momentum.
The best chance for Mikel Arteta’s men came only in the 39th minute of the first phase. Saka received the ball and touched it, goalkeeper Pickford won, but defender Coady managed to save practically on the goal line. What’s more, Calvert-Lewin nearly opened the scoring for Everton after a very dangerous header, on 47.
Arsenal’s first chance of the second half came in the 12th minute. Nketiah received on the left, won in the individual game and tried Odegaard, but the Norwegian finished very strong and isolated.
Everton’s goal came at the age of 15. And in a way that best fits the style of new Toffees head coach Sean Dych. After McNeil’s charge, Tarkowski got up beautifully in the corner and tried the back of goal, with no chance for the Ramsdale goalkeeper, recalling his Burnley days.
Arsenal, unaccustomed to defeats in the 2022/23 season, have stepped up their efforts not to lose at least their long run of 13 Premier League games without defeat. But it was for nothing and Tarkowski’s goal defined the result. For the first time since September, Arsenal suffered a league defeat.
Everton will face Liverpool in a classic that promises strong emotions on Monday the following week, at 5pm (Brasilia time), at Anfield, for the 23rd round of the Premier League. In turn, Arsenal will try to recover in English against Brentford, at home, next Saturday at 12 (from Brasilia).
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