Everton claims home win in a fierce tussle against Arsenal


Everton 2-1 Arsenal

Everton moved up to second in the Premier League while piling more misery on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.

Everton took the lead when Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flicked header from Alex Iwobi’s cross deflected off Gunners captain Rob Holding and into his own net (22), but Arsenal levelled with Nicolas Pepe’s penalty after Tom Davies’ foul on Ainsley Maitland-Niles (35).

Everton went into half-time ahead thanks to Yerry Mina’s near-post header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner (44), and Arsenal came closest in a quieter second half as David Luiz hit the woodwork with a deflected effort after Jordan Pickford had fumbled a cross.

A year on from both Carlo Ancelotti and Arteta taking their respective jobs, their seasons continue to go in opposite directions as Everton’s third straight win leaves them second to Merseyside rivals Liverpool for 24 hours at least.

Arsenal’s rut continues; they stay 15th, with just 14 points from 14 games after losing five of their last seven in the Premier League.