Everton 2 Arsenal 1 – Yerry Mina header and Rob Holding own goal consign Arsenal to eighth defeat
2020-21 English Premier League report: Everton vs. Arsenal – Saturday, 19th December 2020
Everton 2 Arsenal 1 – Goodison Park
Arsenal’s horror season continued as they succumbed to their 8th defeat from 14 Premier League outings as they went down to a rejuvenated Everton 1-2 at the Goodison Park last Saturday evening. The match begun in lackluster fashion with both sides getting touches in the opposition box before Everton’s opener midway through the first half.
Premier League Winner 20/21 betting Odds
New UK betting sites odds subject to change and were correct as of 21/12/2021.
Sunday 23rd May 2021 16:00
Each way terms: 1/3 for first 2 places
- Liverpool 10/11
- Manchester City 2/1
- Manchester Utd 10/1
- Chelsea 11/1
- Tottenham 18/1
- Leicester 33/1
- Everton 80/1
- Southampton 150/1
- Aston Villa 250/1
- Arsenal 400/1
- West Ham 500/1
Former Gunners winger Alex Iwobi’s pass found Dominic Calvert-Lewin whose flicked header deflected off rival defender Rob Holding for an own goal in the 22nd minute.
With an out-of-from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out with a calf injury, the already deflated Arsenal attack were handicapped but found their equalizer when Tom Davies was brought down Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the box and a penalty was awarded.
Nicolas Pepe converted the spot kick as he sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way before placing the ball in the bottom left corner.
The Gunners’ joy at the leveller was short-lived as the Toffees went ahead at the stroke of half-time. After some superb work from Calvert-Lewin that earned the hosts a corner, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s delivery from the resulting set-piece found Yerry Mina at the near post as the Colombian glanced his header into the corner past a hapless Bernd Leno’s whose touch could not stop the ball from going in.
The visiting Gunners were handed a chance to level early in the second half as goalkeeper Jordan Pickford failed to collect Willian’s cross cleanly, but David Luiz’s deflected half volley from the failed clearance hit the post and luckily for Everton, it fell to one of their defenders.
Mikel Arteta introduced Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Wilcock as the much-needed equalizer eluded the Gunners – not that they showed any inclination to get one.
Arsenal, who have not scored from open play in any of their last five Premier League away games, were restricted to long-range efforts as Pepe and Willian shot their attempts well wide of target and despite some late pressure, Everton survived as Pickford tipped away Kieran Tierney’s late cross-shot to secure three easy points.
Everton starting Xi playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Pickford (goal), Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Mina, Iwobi, Doucoure, Davies, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Coleman, Kenny, Tosun
Arsenal starting Xi playing in a 4-3-3 formation: Leno (goal), Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka, Pepe, Willian, Nketiah
Subs: Willock, Martinelli, Lacazette
Man of the match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
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