Arsenal beat Everton for their first Premier League away win of the season
Arsenal beat Everton 5-2 in their Premier League match at Goodison Park this afternoon.
It was the Gunners first away win of the season and moves them up to fifth position in the Premier League table.
The result drops Everton into the relegation places in 18th position in the Premier League table and further increases the pressure on Ronald Koeman.
A defeat would have meant that Arsenal equalled birthday boy Arsene Wenger’s lowest points tally (13) as manager after nine league fixtures.
The Gunners also avoided going five away league matches without a win for the first time in 10 years.
Arsene Wenger recalled Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to the starting the eleven. It was the first time that Ozil and Sanchez had started alongside record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Ozil made an immediate impression. His first touch played the ball into the path of Aaron Ramsey, but his shot went a yard wide.
The Gunners continued with their bright start, but were denied by Jordan Pickford.
The young keeper pushed away Alexandre Lacazzete’s shot from a tight angle.
Aaron Ramsey then set up Lacazette, but Pickford saved with his shins.
But it was Everton though who opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
It was a goal entirely of Arsenal’s own making.
Per Mertesacker played a short pass into Granit Xhaka. The Swiss International was challenged by Idrissa Gueye.
The ball fell to Wayne Rooney who curled the ball past Petr Cech into the net from 20 yards out.
Rooney has scored more goals against the Gunners than any other player in the competition (12).
It was only Everton’s 6th Premier League goal of the season.
Pickford was hand on hand to deny Arsenal again the 16th minute.
He parried a Sanchez free-kick, and then blocked Ramsey’s follow-up.
Arsenal equalised in the 40th minute.
Xhaka had his shot parried by Pickford, but Nacho Monreal reacted quickest and his low shot was parried into the net by the keeper.
It was only Arsenal’s second away goal of the season.
They nearly had their third three minutes later. Pickford denying Sanchez from a tight angle.
The sides went into the break level at 1-1.
Everton had scored with their only effort on target.
The Gunners enjoyed 72% of possession and had 17 efforts on goal (9 on target) in the first half, but they also created their own problems defensively by overplaying on the edge of their own penalty area.
Arsenal took the lead in the 53rd minute.
Lacazette found Sanchez on the left. The Chilean picked out Ozil who headed past Pickford.
Gueye was shown a red card in the 68th minute. He was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Xhaka. Gueye’s first yellow card was in the first half for a trip on Sanchez.
The Gunners took full advantage.
Lacazette added a third in the 74th minute for his first Arsenal away goal.
Sanchez freed Ozil down the right. He found Lacazette and he beat Pickford from 15 yards.
Sanchez then headed wide with only Pickford to beat and Xhaka hit the crossbar with a 20 yard drive.
Arsenal though weren’t to be denied a fourth goal. It duly came in the 90th minute
Substitute Jack Wilshere’s slide rule pass found Ramsey in the penalty area and he finished neatly past Pickford.
Arsenal finished the match as they started it defensively by gifting Everton a goal in the third minute of injury time.
Monreal’s back pass played Cech into trouble. The keeper was robbed by substitute Oumar Niasse, who rolled the ball home into the empty net.
The Gunners though inevitably had the final word. Sanchez finding the net in the fifth minute of injury time with a low shot after a weaving run across the penalty area.
Arsenal have beaten Everton more times than any other club has beaten another in English Football League history (95 wins).
Today’s win was the Gunners 12th at Goodison Park and matches their record of away wins against a Premier League rival.
The Gunners have now won more Premier League matches against Everton (31) than against any other opponent.
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 7, Koscielny 7, Mertersacker 7, Monreal 7, Kolasinac 7, Xhaka 7, Ramsey 7, Ozil 8 (Coquelin), Sanchez 7, Lacazette 7 (Wilshere)