Arsenal – Everton: Quality in front of goal makes the difference for unspectacular Arsenal (2-0)
Arsenal controlled the ball, but Everton was the more threatening team. That was until Alexandre Lacazette’s quality finish and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal from an offside position decided the game for an Arsenal team that otherwise struggled to create.
Arsenal recovered from a tough start to the season, with losses to Manchester City and Chelsea, by winning three Premier League games in a row. Despite this, there are still questions to be asked about Unai Emery’s team, especially on the defensive side. Arsenal had not yet kept a clean sheet in the league going into this game, and the fact that it conceded twice against both Cardiff City and FC Vorskla Poltana makes for worrying reading, considering that these are clearly low-quality sides.
There had also been doubts about Marco Silva’s squad, based on their performances this season. Everton came into the game with just one win, while not having played against any teams who finished in the top half last season. Its previous three league results included letting a 2-0 lead slip in the last fifteen minutes against Bournemouth, being held to a draw at home by Huddersfield and a 3-1 home defeat against a winless West Ham.
Emery went with the 4-2-3-1 formation he’s favoured at Arsenal so far. The three attacking midfielders were Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, playing behind Alexandre Lacazette. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been relegated to bench and Europa League appearances of late. The significant team news for Arsenal was the inclusion of Lucas Torreira. The summer signing from Sampdoria has impressed in his outings as a substitute, leading many to call . . .