Arsenal vs. Everton - Football Match Report

Arsenal vs. Everton - Football Match Report

Arsenal vs. Everton - Football Match Report

Above all in the first half, we give them the ball.

But Lacazette ensured that lethargic spell wouldn't prove costly when he smashed a sublime opener in the second half.

Shortly after, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from close range after Mesut Ozil broke down the right, cut the ball back and Ramsey nudged it into the path of the Gabon worldwide.

The Europa League game against Vorskla couldn't have come at a better time for him.

However, the Gunners have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven top-flight games dating back to last season.

Worst still, his last away win in English football dates back almost a year ago to November 2017 - he's now winless in eight - while the only teams he's ever beaten are Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and Bournemouth, which hardly gives Everton fans confidence that they can start beating the big teams away from Goodison Park.

Everton have just one league win to their name under the Portuguese - who was left bemoaning the decision not to rule out Aubameyang's effort following a strong display from the Toffees.

After a laboured start from Arsenal, they finally pieced together an incisive raid when Hector Bellerin's cross found Aubameyang at the far post.

Unlike his predecessor Arsene Wenger, often content to stick with the tried and tested even amid a poor run, the ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss believes the more players in form - and in the frame to start - the better.

Richarlison returned for Everton after a ban, but could not find a way past Petr Cech (Nick Potts/PA).

Everton made an excellent start to the game and should have gone ahead inside two minutes.

Theo Walcott scored 56 times at the Emirates during his 12 years with Arsenal and the Everton winger, making his second return to his old club, nearly added to that total just before half-time.

Of his successors, Gilberto Silva was a fine player and Mathieu Flamini showed promise, but the role has largely been neglected or mis-cast - with Xhaka, who looks as though he would much rather be attacking, a case in point. "We conceded two or three important chances", he said.

The pace of Walcott and Richarlison threatened Arsenal's defence throughout the first half and the pair combined for the latter to again test Cech.

Ramsey offered a clean, simple assist to Lacazette after Torreira's innovative interception and the Frenchman curled in an absolutely lovely shot in the top corner past a flailing Jordan Pickford.

Mesut Ozil surged away down the right flank and when the Arsenal midfielder's pass reached Ramsey, he flicked the ball to the offside Aubameyang.

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