The Gunners suffered their second defeat of the whole season at Goodison Park.
Everton defeated Arsenal 1-0 in their Premier League clash on Saturday. The league leaders dropped points for the first time in three games, failing to increase their lead at the top of the table.
Dyche is back!
Sean Dyche made his comeback to the Premier League by taking charge at Everton earlier this week.
The former Burnley manager is clearly tasked to avoid relegation, but his wonderful start might convince Everton fans to hope for much more.
The Toffees found a solid start to the game, refusing to stay in their own half throughout the first period. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucouré came close to opening the scoring for the hosts but missed their chances.
The Gunners then gradually took control of the possession, increasing the pressure down both flanks. Bukayo Saka‘s brilliant volley was cleared off the line by Conor Coady as Arsenal missed a great chance to go ahead before the break.
Mikel Arteta tried to break Everton’s defensive resistance with a few attacking changes early in the second period. But Everton stunned the visitors when they broke the deadlock just before the hour mark.
A corner from Dwight McNeil found James Tarkowski at the far post. The English defender then made it 1-0 for Dyche’s side with a precise header.
The Gunners pushed hard to escape the defeat in the final half hour. But their opponents held on to their lead by continuing their well-organized defence.
The Toffees come out of the relegation zone as they leapfrog Wolves from the 17th place on the table. Arsenal, on the other hand, should wait for City’s clash against Tottenham to see if they can keep their five-point lead at the top of the table.