2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Phil Jagielka (10')

Arsenal miss chance to return to third place after defeat at Everton

Arsenal missed the chance to climb above North London rivals Tottenham as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Everton in a game that saw them create few chances.

Defender Phil Jagielka -- a late replacement for the unwell Michael Keane -- scored the only goal after 10 minutes, sliding home from close range, with Unai Emery's side unable to muster a response.

Arsenal thought they should have had a penalty after two minutes when Alexandre Lacazette ran into the area and appeared to be caught by Kurt Zouma, but referee Kevin Friend waved the appeals away.

Friend was in the thick of the action moments later, booking Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi for a foul on Lucas Digne, with Digne needing treatment before he could continue.

Everton made the breakthrough after 10 minutes when Jagielka, in the Arsenal box at a long throw, finished at the near post when the ball fell to him at close range.

Digne and Richarlison combined as the home side looked to double their lead, Andre Gomes firing over from outside the area.

With Everton on top, Arsenal had a second player booked when Sokratis Papastathopoulos hauled down Dominic Calvert-Lewin after Gylfi Sigurdsson had found him in midfield with space to run into.

Everton soon attacked again, a cross half-cleared before Idrissa Gueye slashed a wild shot out for a throw.

Arsenal were struggling to make an impact and had more concerns when Lacazette collided with Gomes and went down in pain, but the forward was able to continue.

Gomes found Sigurdsson on the edge of the area but he shot straight at Bernd Leno, and then Sokratis did well to cut out Richarlison's low cross from the right.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery made a double change at half-time, bringing on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey for Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny, and Ramsey lofted over after Jordan Pickford's uncertain punch.

Ramsey was brought down by Gomes, who was booked, and fired wide as Arsenal showed signs of improvement from their tepid first-half performance.

Sigurdsson's dipping strike flew over as Everton responded, and after Lacazette put a header too close to Pickford the home side almost struck again when Leno saved well from Bernard.

Everton were beginning to recover their earlier verve as the game approached its final 20 minutes, Gueye having a shot blocked inside the area and Richarlison steering off target.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan fired narrowly past the post as Arsenal tried to up the tempo again, and then Richarlison, with time and space inside the area, skewed a shot horribly wide when he should at least have tested Leno.

Arsenal made their final change as Mesut Ozil made way for Alex Iwobi, Marco Silva soon making his first switch, with Theo Walcott replacing Richarlison.

Shkodran Mustafi was booked for bringing down Calvert-Lewin, the challenge sparking angry words between the two managers, and Nacho Monreal soon followed him for dissent as he disputed the award of an Everton corner.

Bernard made way for Ademola Lookman, Sigurdsson then replaced by Tom Davies as Everton held their lead through five minutes of added time to move above FA Cup semifinalists Watford and into ninth place.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester United 19 +11 40
2 Manchester City 18 +18 38
3 Leicester City 19 +14 38
4 Liverpool 18 +16 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +16 33
6 Everton 17 +7 32
7 West Ham United 19 +5 32
8 Chelsea 19 +10 29
9 Southampton 18 +5 29
10 Arsenal 19 +4 27
11 Aston Villa 16 +11 26
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 -8 22
15 Newcastle United 18 -12 19
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 -7 17
17 Burnley 17 -13 16
18 Fulham 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 19 -28 11
20 Sheffield United 19 -22 5