Everton put Arsenal’s coach, Mikel Arteta, on the brink of being sacked, by beating his Londoners (2-1), on Saturday, in the 14th round of the Premier League.
Rob Holding (22 by mistake against his team’s goal) and Yerry Mina (45) scored the second Everton’s goal, while Nicolas Pepe scored Arsenal’s only goal, from a penalty kick (35).
Arsenal, modest this season, stuck at 14 points in 15th place, while Everton rose to the top position temporarily, after raising its tally to 26 points.
The first quarter of an hour passed quietly, given the Everton advantage, who had more possession of the ball.
Everton did not give their visitors much, as they opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, with Calvert-Lewin’s header deflected by Holding, before settling in the net.
Arsenal’s reaction came quickly, with Tierney directing a ball from the left side towards Nketiah, who did not do well, and his attempt went to the right post, in the 25th minute.
The referee awarded a penalty for Arsenal, after Davies tried to disperse the ball but hit the Maitland-Niles leg instead, and Pepe successfully executed the kick, tying in the 35th minute.
Calvert-Lewin almost scored the second, in the 44th minute, when he fired a powerful shot, goalkeeper Lino flew to it, and deflected it with difficulty.
But Everton refused to end the first half with a draw, so Colombian Mina scored the second goal, in the 45th minute, with a header in the narrow angle, from a corner served by Sigurdsson.
Arsenal almost leveled again, in the 53rd minute, when Willian sent a ball from the right, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford tried to banish it, reaching David Luiz, who shot it on the post.
Joe Willock entered the Arsenal lineup instead of Elneny, before Pepe fired a random shot far from Everton’s goal, in the 69th minute.
The Brazilian striker returning from injury, Gabriel Martinelli, participated in the place of Pepe, and it was Willian’s turn to shoot without focus, before he apologized to his teammates, in the 73rd minute.
Gunners did not give up, as Arteta pushed his French striker, Alexandre Lacazette, in Nketiah’s place, before Willock launched from the right side and sent a quick ball that wasn’t followed in front of the goal, in the 78th minute.
Arsenal kept trying to adjust the score, and approached that in the 86th minute, when Willock’s header passed by the goal, and Pickford saved his goal from the nearby Maitland-Niles attempt, in the additional time, to end the match with Everton home’s victory (2-1).