Arsenal gain first victory at Everton in six years
In a pivotal Premier League clash, Arsenal displayed unwavering determination, belief and class, as they set the stage for another potential title challenge. Facing a determined yet unambitious Everton side, Arsenal clinched their first victory at Goodison Park in nearly six years with a moment of brilliance from substitute Leandro Trossard.
The match brought further frustration for Everton manager Sean Dyche as his team suffered their third 1-0 defeat in as many home matches this season. Everton have had a poor start, losing four of their opening five games.
Dyche’s strategy appeared geared toward securing a goalless draw, challenging Arsenal’s patience from the opening whistle. However, it was Arsenal’s patience and a well-executed move that ultimately secured the victory. In contrast, Everton’s more direct approach had yielded success in the same fixture last season.
Historically, Arsenal had struggled at Goodison Park with four losses and one draw from their last five visits. Nonetheless, Arteta’s team demonstrated greater substance this season, crucial for breaking down Everton’s resolute defense. Despite boos from the stands as only four minutes of injury time were added, Everton posed little threat for an equalizer.
A noteworthy change for Arsenal was the absence of Aaron Ramsdale in goal, replaced by David Raya for the first time since his loan move from Brentford. Raya had a quiet debut as Everton allowed Arsenal to dominate possession.
Dyche’s strategy – aimed at absorbing pressure and stifling the spectacle – proved successful in a tedious first half. Everton’s recent signing, Beto, was isolated on his home debut due to both the game plan and his teammates’ penchant for losing possession.
Before halftime, the video assistant referee disallowed a strike from Gabriel Martinelli – the only time Arsenal breached Everton’s defense – sparking interpretation debates.
In the second half, Arsenal displayed greater urgency, improved movement, and combinations, unsettling Everton’s defense. Jordan Pickford denied Martin Ødegaard and a brilliant clearance from Jarrad Branthwaite prevented Trossard’s cross from reaching Bukayo Saka. James Tarkowski thwarted Eddie Nketiah’s drive.
Arsenal’s persistence paid off with an exquisite corner play. Trossard netted the winning goal after Saka’s precise cross. The well-deserved victory showcased Arsenal’s determination and marked a grueling battle at Goodison Park.