Everton vs Arsenal – Football Match Report – December 6, 2021


Everton relieved some of the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez as they clinched a 2-1 home win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday as Demarai Gray scored a superb stoppage winner after equalizing.

Brazilian forward Richarlison, who lost two goals to marginal offside after VAR checks, equalized in the 79th minute after Gray hit the crossbar, canceling Martin Odegaard’s opener for the visitors.

The result left Arsenal seventh with 23 points in 15 games while Everton, who announced on Sunday that director of football Marcel Brands had left his post, moved to 12th place with 18 points.

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“I’m very disappointed. I think in the first half we were incompatible with the ball… we didn’t have enough penetration or threat on the opposing goal,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. .

“One of the few times we did that we got a Martin goal and then in the second half we had to grab the game … but again there were times when we were sloppy.

“We gave too many balls too easily and encouraged them against the movement they had in the press.”

Everton captain Seamus Coleman praised home fans who lifted the Toffees up in the face of adversity after falling behind, after also highlighting Gray’s fine performance.

“We knew whatever was going on behind the scenes, the fans always come here to support us,” Coleman told Sky Sports. “They backed us up from the first to the 90th minute and got us across the finish line.

“I told him [Gray] everyday. Sometimes these players don’t realize how good they can be. It has capacity packages. He has to work hard every day because that’s what the best players do. He did it this week. “

Everton dominated the first half and created several half-chances before Richarlison headed for a 44th-minute free kick from Andros Townsend, only to have his effort undone.

Norway’s Odegaard then scored on the halftime stroke of Arsenal’s deliberate first move, directing the ball superbly past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as he finished through Kieran Tierney’s cross from the left.

Richarlison believed he had equalized in the 57th minute when he drove the ball into the near post at close range, but Everton were again denied by VAR, leaving the Brazilian to shake his head in disbelief.

But this was the third time Richarlison has beaten Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a looping header from a rebound after Gray’s long-range shot hit the woodwork, creating a frenzied climax.

With a share of the booty looming, Gray delighted home fans when he cut inside two players and beat Ramsdale with a 25-yard thunderbolt that entered the post, giving Everton their first victory in the league in nine games.

Benitez praised the way his team came back and fought through adversity.

“The team’s reaction to the disallowed goals and conceding a goal at the end of the first half, we still scored goals and reacted,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“Every player and fan expects it. Everyone is really happy and I hope this is the right step forward. Everything is against you but the character they showed today, with the fans behind , they can take advantage of it.

“The fans expect a commitment. You can talk about mistakes and we conceded because we made mistakes against a good team. In terms of the commitment, the players are there and the fans appreciate it.”

Gray, who was also involved in Richarlison’s equalizer after his shot bounced off the crossbar to get the Brazilian home, said his own spectacular winner was his best time at Everton since arriving from Leicester City in July.

“It was a crazy time, my best time here so far,” he said. “As a group, we went through this rough patch but we stayed together. With fans like that, behind us for the whole game, it’s more than deserved.”

Odegaard said Arsenal were disappointed to suffer a third straight league loss after taking the lead at Goodison Park, albeit against the run of the game.

“It’s hard to accept. I think in general we weren’t where we needed to be today,” said the Norwegian. “We have to do better when we have that lead. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play.

“When you’re leading 1-0 you’re afraid of losing the win and in my opinion that’s what we did wrong today. You are aiming for the second goal and that was the intention but we didn’t failed to do so in the field. “


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