Arsenal failed to take any points away from Goodison Park today, but you have to give all the credit to the home side.
Many Gunners fans will have been alerted when hearing the line-up, with a midfield duo of Mohamed Elneny failing to calm any nerves we had coming up against the in-form Blues, and any worries prove to be sustained.
The home side had much of the control of the match, and on top of that, our players barely had time to breathe on the ball.
As hard as it is to give credit to an opposing side, Everton kept our side under pressure throughout the opening half, and to be completely fair, deserved their lead.
Phil Jagielka was the man to open the scoring inside 10 minutes, the man who was drafted into the team late after Keane was ruled out with injury, and the painful part is that it was a long throw that lead up to the event. Lucas Digne launched the ball into the area and our defence completely failed to deal with it, and Jagielka ends up toeing the ball beyond the line.
That goal made sure that we are the only side in England’s top four divisions NOT to have a single away clean sheet this season… A stat we will be hoping to shift…
The second half saw two early changes in Aubameyang and Ramsey brought on for Kolasinac and and Elneny, and that looked a positive one, but unfortunately there was not nearly enough to come from it.
Everton deserve more credit than our side deserve criticism, but at this crucial part in the season, we cannot afford to take any side lightly.
Do we blame Emery’s selection for the loss or were Everton simply too critical and concentrated?