Arsenal missed the chance to go third in the Premier League as they lost 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park.
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Match: Everton v Arsenal
Stadium: Goodison Park
Kick-Off (UK Time): 14:05 07/04/2019
It was a key match for Arsenal and they started it well. The Gunners attacked in numbers and got an early chance when Alexandre Lacazette broke down the left flank. The Frenchman’s shot was scuffed to the back post and Mesut Ozil almost created a chance from the follow-up.
It was a good opening ten minutes but Arsenal’s good work was undone in an instant. A long Everton throw wasn’t dealt with and Phil Jagielka reacted quickest to steer the ball home. Replays showed that the Everton player had his foot over the line when taking the throw and the goal shouldn’t have stood.
It was one of a number of poor refereeing decisions in the first half. Arsenal conceded a lot of silly fouls but didn’t get much in return after some rough treatment from the Everton defence. The scrappy half petered out with Arsenal knowing they needed to make substitutions.
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They came at the break with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey entering the fray. The Welshman in particular made an early impact and the visitors pressed forward in search of an equalising goal.
Ramsey started well but as his influence on the match waned, so did Arsenal’s. The Gunners pressed so many men forward which left a great deal of space at the other end with chances aplenty for the home side.
The half petered out with Arsenal barely threatening the opposition goal. The home side had more than enough chances to kill the match but Arsenal went away empty-handed.
Here’s how we rate the Arsenal players:
Bernd Leno – 6
He was fine. Bernd Leno could do little about the goal and produced a couple of steady saves. He showed some nice distribution with his feet too.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 3
A poor match for Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The Englishman was caught out defensively on so many occasions with Everton finding a real weakness down Arsenal’s flanks.
Shkodran Mustafi – 5
Shkodran Mustafi was probably Arsenal’s best defender on the day but the bar wasn’t high.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 4
A poor match from Sokratis. The big Greek defender was stretched by Dominic Calvert-Lewin all day long, forced into wide areas where he looked uncomfortable.
Nacho Monreal – 4
He had a tough afternoon. Nacho Monreal was left chasing Richarlison for 80 of the 90 minutes today and then had to do the same against Theo Walcott. He wasn’t helped out much by either of Arsenal’s left wingers.
Sead Kolasinac – 3
He was very poor. Sead Kolasinac just couldn’t keep the ball and had some woeful crosses during his 45 minutes on the pitch. He barely threatened moving forward and was caught out defensively.
Sub: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (45′) – 3
Barely involved. It took Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over 40 minutes to get to ten touches.
Mohamed Elneny – 4
He didn’t have his best match. Mohamed Elneny did okay defensively but Arsenal lost the first half in the midfield.
Sub: Aaron Ramsey (45′) – 5
He improved Arsenal but Aaron Ramsey’s influence waned as the match progressed.
Matteo Guendouzi – 6
He didn’t have the best match of his career but Matteo Guendouzi was far from the worst. The Frenchman didn’t hide away and continued to show for the ball. He had some good moments but Arsenal really lost out in midfield
Mesut Ozil – 4
He had some good moments today but Mesut Ozil struggled to find a way into the match.
Sub: Alex Iwobi (75′) – 7
He made an instant impact on the match. Alex Iwobi was lively and threatening down the left flank.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5
Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw a little more of the ball than some of his teammates but didn’t do a great deal with it. The Armenian’s final ball was wasteful.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6
The Frenchman was lively and worked hard but his final ball was poor today. Alexandre Lacazette scuffed a couple of good openings in a match where he didn’t get many.