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Everton 0-1 Arsenal: Trossard Ends Goodison Park Hoodoo

Trossard goal secures the points for Arsenal at Everton

Match Report – Match Highlights Player RatingsPost-Match Press Conference

Final Result: Everton 0-1 Arsenal (Trossard 69′)

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Raya; Zinchenko (Tomiyasu 80′), Saliba, Gabriel, White; Rice, F. Vieira (Havertz 80′), Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah (G. Jesus 66′), Martinelli (Trossard 24′)

The mere fact that Arsenal had not won in Goodison Park for six years must have played first and foremost in the mind of Mikel Arteta, a manager who garnered over 200 games for the club but somehow failed to get a positive result anytime he visited. It would have also played out in the minds of the players, but they would have taken confidence from the way they won against Manchester United before the international break, and everyone returned unscathed from their national team sojourns.

The Arsenal manager made some huge changes with David Raya making his Arsenal debut against Everton, ahead of the incumbent goalie, Aaron Ramsdale. The manager also favored the mercurial Fabio Vieira ahead of Kai Havertz, with Eddie Nketiah retaining his place ahead of Gabriel Jesus as the Brazilian works his way to full fitness. 

Everton were okay allowing Arsenal have all the possession as they maintained a very low block, unlocking Satanball on full display, which was disgusting to say the least, but Arsenal continued to probe and carve out chances in the game. The first clear cut chance arrived when Fabio Vieira threaded in a delicious pass in behind the Everton defense to Gabriel Martinelli, and the Brazilian winger wasted no time in side-footing the ball past Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal, but the VAR chums ruled the goal out, as Nketiah was adjudged to have won the ball from Beto from an offside position. 

It turned out to be a double whammy as Martinelli pulled up short and had to be substituted for Leandro Trossard. According to Arteta’s post-match press conference, it is believed to be a hamstring strain, which will certainly rule him out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven, and the medical team will be sweating on his fitness ahead of the North London Derby against the high-flying Spurs.

Everton soaked up a lot of pressure and hit Arsenal on the break, and almost punished the Gunners when Abdoulaye Doucoure made one of those his trademark slalom runs and hit the deck in the box after William Saliba stretched out his leg. It was a heart in mouth moment for Arsenal fans because the inconsistency of the VAR system has seen such penalties given. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and the penalty wasn’t given. 

Martin Odegaard certainly put his shooting boots on and fired some stingers that were dealt with by Pickford and it was looking like one of those nights where everything Arsenal tried was repelled by Everton. The Gunners stopped floating in their corner kicks because of the height advantage the Everton defenders had, so they resorted to short passing and that was where the match clincher came from. After some intricate passing play from the right, Bukayo Saka teed up Trossard who blasted a one-time shot with his left that clipped the post and crept in.

Looking at the numbers, Arsenal had 74 percent possession to Everton’s 26. 1.02 xG, 13 shots, 595 passes (to Everton’s 159) and 11 corners. Pure dominance against a team that had nothing to offer but it bodes for the squad, as the changes galvanized the side and even the subs that came on put a good shift. 

The win makes the North London Derby on Sunday very massive, but all business moves to Champions League football on Wednesday and we will preview the game in good time. 


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Everton 0-1 Arsenal: Player Ratings

Everton vs Arsenal live: Latest score as Leandro Trossard goal breaks deadlock at Goodison

Arsenal visited Goodison Park to take on Everton in an all-important clash against a struggling team on a ground they had not tasted victory since 2017. Satanball was in full effect as Everton defended in their shameful numbers, soaking pressure from the visitors and hoping to hit on the break. In the first half, Gabriel Martinelli scored a goal that was ruled out for offside, but in the end, Leandro Trossard’s strike was enough to grant Arsenal all three points. 

Without further ado, here are the Gooner Daily player ratings for the Everton vs. Arsenal game.

Starting XI

David Raya: Received his Arsenal debut in an unexpected game but he showed his aerial prowess to make a lot of claims and showed his sumptuous punting skills with some sleek balls for Saka. (7)

Ben White: Bossed his position on the right and did very well to support the Arsenal attack on the right. (7)

William Saliba: Full Rolls Royce defending on show and responded well to the aerial threats Beto posed. (7)

Gabriel: Looked very assured with Saliba alongside him. Had a shaky moment late on but he made up. (7)

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Was very ubiquitous on the pitch and contributed a lot in the attacking third. (8)

Declan Rice: Made some vital interceptions and anticipations to keep Arsenal in control of the game. (7)

Fabio Vieira: Justified his selection from the start, creating an amazing assist for Gabi Martinelli that was chalked off for offside. (7)

Martin Odegaard: Did well to create chances for his teammates and had some shots that were saved by Everton’s goalie. (7)

Gabriel Martinelli: Looked dangerous on the left flank and scored a well-taken goal after going in behind the defense. I hope he’s not injured for long. (7)

Bukayo Saka: Gave Vitaly Mykolenko a torrid time and got himself a good assist for the winning goal. (7)

Eddie Nketiah: Struggled to make any influence in the game and couldn’t break Everton’s low line, before he was yanked off for Gabriel Jesus. (6)


Gabriel Jesus: Continued his road to full fitness and tried to influence the game spearheading the attack. (6)

Leandro Trossard: Struggled initially but came to terms with the pace of the game and grew in influence. His goal was a peach of a finish. (8)

Kai Havertz and Takehiro Tomiyasu: Did not play enough to earn a rating. N/A


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Everton Preview: Time to Prevail Over Satanball

Premier League: Arsenal suffers second defeat of season after Tarkowski goal  guides Everton to win - Sportstar

Tarkowski scored the only goal when both sides met last season

Everton host Arsenal at Goodison Park as both sides renew what has been a difficult fixture for Mikel Arteta’s men. The Arsenal gaffer spoke about the hunger to finally get a good result against the Toffees in his pre-match press conference and I’m sure those sentiments are echoed by everyone connected with Arsenal. 

In terms of form, Everton come into this game in a very dire run of form, with Sean Dyche’s only victory this season coming in the Carabao Cup second round against Doncaster Rovers. Everton had failed to score in their first three Premier League games, losing all three before managing a draw against Sheffield United in their last Premier League outing. 

The last time Arsenal visited Goodison Park to face Everton, they were in the trenches after a torrid time under Frank Lampard, but Sean Dyche came around with his own version of Satanball and got all three points against Arsenal. Arsenal’s last victory was in 2017, an exciting 5-2 victory with goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, players who have become part of the club’s history. Alongside Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, Arsenal are still unbeaten this season, and will be hoping to keep up with the leading pack with a victory over Everton today.

One player Arsenal will be looking to will be Gabriel Jesus, who has eight goals in nine appearances against Everton, even though all those goals came from his Manchester City days. Arsenal’s away form is also great, with the Gunners racking up 11 clean sheets from their last 20 outings. It’s usually at the Emirates that Arsenal concede all sorts of crazy goals. It’s also worth noting that Everton has failed to score at home this season, losing to Fulham and Wolves in their first two home games of the campaign. 

To team news, Dwight McNeil has been on the sidelines for a while and could be in line to make his return, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is working his way back to full fitness after that nasty face injury against Fulham. Arsenal had an injury scare with Gabriel but he played 90 minutes against Peru, so I believe he’s fully fit now. 

Everton and Arsenal Predicted Lineups

Everton: Pickford; Patterson, Braithwhite, Tarkowski, Young; Gueye, Doucoure, Onana, Garner, Danjuma; Beto

Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Havertz, Odegaard; Martinelli, G. Jesus, Saka.

Injury / Suspension Updates

EvertonDele Alli, Jack Harrison (hip), Seamus Coleman (knee)

Arsenal: Mo Elneny, Jurrien Timber (knee), Thomas Partey (groin)

Form Guide


  • Last Five Games:  L L L W D
  • Last Result: Sheffield United 2-2 Everton (Archer 33′, Pickford OG. 45′ | Doucoure 14′, Danjuma 55′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Arnaut Danjuma (2)

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W W W D W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United (Odegaard 28′, Rice 96′, G. Jesus 101′ | Rashford 27′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard (2)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 win.

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