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Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

Arsenal lost yet another match in the Premier League this season after they were beaten by Everton at Goodison Park by 2-1. The only goal was scored by Nicolas Pepe from a penalty in the first half for The Gunners.

With this defeat Arsenal now lost 8 out of 14 matches and got 14 points in 14 games. They are fighting to stay up in the Premier League, only 4 points away from the relegation zone. This Everton defeat will put even more pressure on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. The North London side are now without a win in 7 matches.

Everton move up to the second position with 26 points in 14 matches by this victory and they are five points behind the arch-rival Liverpool, thanks to an own goal from Rob Holding and another one from Yerry Mina. Carlo Ancelotti is showing his coaching quality this year for The Toffees.

Player Ratings Everton 2-1 Arsenal:

Everton:

Jordan Pickford(GK) – (5.5/10): Made a good save at the death from Bukayo Saka but made a horrible mistake early in the second half but David Luiz’s shot hit the crossbar.

Mason Holgate(RB) – (6/10): It wasn’t a great match, looked a bit uncomfortable in an unfamiliar position but didn’t make any mistake, overall a good performance.

Yerry Mina(CB) – (7.5/10): The Colombian scored the second goal for Everton with a great header and looked pretty solid in defence against Arsenal forwards as well.

Michael Keane(CB) – (7/10): Tried a great long-range shot but went just wide and missed a glorious opportunity in the second half. The much-improved centre-back defended against Nketiah well.

Ben Godfrey(LB) – (7/10): The Stand-in full-back was solid throughout the 90 minutes and made few strong overlapping runs to the opposition box.

Abdoulaye Doucoure(CM) – (6/10): It wasn’t an eye-catching performance from him but did his job efficiently.

Tom Davies(CM) – (5/10): Started the game well, but conceded the unnecessary penalty from an error.

Gylifi Sigurdsson(CAM) – (6/10): Did very little in the middle of the park but it was from his corner that earned them the second goal. His game suffered when Everton sit back in the second half.

Alex Iwobi(RW) – (6/10): He looked pumped up against his former side and crossed a great ball for the first goal. Overall he worked very hard and did well.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin(CF) – (6.5/10): The first goal should have been his goal but he miss-timed the header and eventually went in of Holding. Almost scored from a long-range but his left-footed strick saved by Bernd Leno.

Richarlison(LW) – (5.5/10): Didn’t have much joy against Ainsley Maitland-Niles but almost created an opportunity for Iwobi from a fantastic cutback in the second half.

Used Substitutions:

Seamus Coleman(RB) – (N/A): Came on very late and didn’t have to do much.

Jonjoe Kenny(LB) – (N/A): Didn’t have much time to influence the match.

Cenk Tosun(CF) – (N/A): Came in for Calvert-Lewin at the death and didn’t even have control of the ball.

Arsenal:

Bernd Leno(GK) – (5.5/10): Saved brilliantly a long-ranger of Calvert-Lewin but should’ve done better on the second goal.

Rob Holding(CB) – (5.5/10): Scored an own goal for the first goal of Everton, cross from Iwobi deflected off him but he shouldn’t allow Calvert-Lewin to came in on the goal side.

David Luiz(CB) – (6/10): The Brazilian was caught napping for the second goal, standing still as Mina heads it home without any marking. He was unlucky as his shot hit the crossbar.

Kieran Tierney(LB) – (6.5/10): Maybe the best Arsenal player in this match, The Scot got forward well and created a great chance for Eddie Nketiah with a brilliant pass. Also passed the ball brilliantly to Saka at the 95th-minute mark.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles(RWB) – (6.5/10): He did great to win the penalty and defended well against Richarlison. Worked very hard throughout the game.

Dani Ceballos(CM) – (5.5/10): Couldn’t create enough chances for his forward players, in possession, he was a pedestrian.

Mohamed Elneny(CM) – (5/10): Completely anonymous and didn’t do anything in terms of forwarding playing.

Bukayo Saka(LWB) – (6/10): His 95th-minute effort was saved by Pickford. The teenager almost got in behind the Everton defence, but he was let down by a poor touch.

Nicolas Pepe(RW) – (6.5/10): Took the penalty very good and tried to do something but it wasn’t enough and in the end, substituted in the 71st minute.

Eddie Nketiah(CF) – (5/10): Missed a very good opportunity in the first half and he doesn’t look ready for this level yet.

Willian(LW) – (4/10): Did absolutely nothing with or without the ball. A very poor display from an experienced player.

Used Substitutions:

Joe Willock(CM) – (6/10): Didn’t do enough apart from picking up a yellow card in his 30 minutes.

Gabriel Martinelli(LW) – (6/10): Strange decision to take Pepe off for him in this situation where he hasn’t played a match in almost 7 months. Martinelli could not do anything for his side.

Alexander Lacazette(CF) – (6/10): Came on the 76th-minute mark but didn’t have a chance to do something.

Man of the match:

Yerry Mina is the man of the match for his excellent goal on the 45th-minute mark and this goal takes his side to the 2nd position.

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