Arsenal conceded their second defeat of the season on the lawn of Everton (1-0), for the defeat of Sean Dyche with the Toffees. The Gunners could see Manchester City move closer in the standings.
This is the first small storm for Arsenal this season. Eliminated in the FA Cup last weekend by Manchester City, the Gunners conceded their second defeat of the season in the Premier League. If the first had taken place at a “big”, Manchester United, it was on the ground of 19th, Everton, that Mikel Arteta’s men lost.
Toffees supporters had paid for a plane to display a banner in the sky over Goodison Park criticizing the management of their club, the ” worse “ of the Premier League in their words. For security reasons, the leaders of Everton had even chosen not to come to the stadium. They did not attend the premiere of Sean Dyche, Frank Lampard’s successor, which therefore ended in a resounding success against the leader.
Let’s say it right away, it’s deserved. With the 4-5-1 set up by Dyche, Everton resisted perfectly in the midfield thanks to the slaughter of the Gueye-Onana-Doucouré trio, and the ceaseless activity of a found Calvert-Lewin allowed the Toffees to be constantly dangerous on the counter. It was Eddie Nketiah who had the first opportunity of the match for Arsenal (30th), the following opportunities were for the locals (33rd, 34th, 45th+3, 47th). And it is quite logical that Tarkowski, one of Dyche’s faithful (they met at Burnley), opened the scoring from a corner (1-0, 60th).
A McNeil corner and a Tarkowski header in Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of Everton.
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During the last half hour, despite the entry of Trossard, author of a fine strike (68th), Arsenal failed to react. This is the first big hiccup of the season for the Gunners, whose start to the championship has been close to perfection so far (50 points out of 57 possible). Manchester City could take the opportunity to return to two points, with one more game to play, if they win against Tottenham on Sunday.