Everton Hands Arsenal Their Second Defeat In The PL In Shock Result


In new manager Sean Dyche’s inaugural game as manager of the club, Everton defeated Arsenal 1-0 at home thanks to a headed effort in the second 45 minutes from James Tarkowski. Until this result, the Toffees had been defeated in the last 4 Premier League games at home. This time around, they produced a much-improved showing, and it was rewarded when center-back Tarkowski found room within a swarm of defenders to head the winner at close range.

Arsenal Fall Only For The Second Time To A Sean Dyche Classic With Everton

Arsenal came into the game having only lost once in the Premier League this season, but they were unable to deal with the pressuring of Everton for large portions of the match, leading to their third loss in the last three matches at Goodison Park. In the beginning half, Conor Coady cleared a Bukayo Saka shot following a corner from the line, and Jordan Pickford made a save from Leandro Trossard (off the bench) as Arsenal pressed for an equalizer as they hoped to keep pace with Manchester City, the team in second who are hot on their trails.

Everton, looking revitalized, was the deservedly better side. They had earlier chances to go into the lead through Amadou Onana and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, however, their attempts at finishing crosses were off-target. Then Tarkowski, who had been teammates with Dwight McNeil during their time at Burnley under Dyche’s squad, found a decisive answer to a McNeil delivery.

The triumph lifted Everton to 17th place in the English Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s other games, one spot above both Bournemouth and Wolves. Even though the leaders still have one more game to play over the defending champions following their Sunday match against Tottenham Hotspur, City will have a chance to narrow the gap if they win their match against Spurs.

Despite selling Anthony Gordon for £45 ($49.5m) to Newcastle United on the last day of transfers, Dyche justified Everton’s assumed lack of enthusiasm in bringing in new recruits. However, as a shrewd manager, Dyche knows that nothing other than results can restore the club’s depressing mood at moment.