Everton – Arsenal: Organized And Well-Calculated Pressing Stop Arsenal’s Good Form (1-0)
After winning five out of their last six Premier League fixtures, Arsenal’s good form was broken by an impressive Everton team, who maintained their shape and pressed effectively. Defensive woes continue under Unai Emery, having conceded 23 shots at Goodison Park and denting their chance of automatic Champions League qualification.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Everton manager Marco Silva was forced to make one change to his Everton team, who eased past West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend. Michael Keane dropped out of the matchday squad due to a virus, meaning 36-year-old Phil Jagielka took his place to make his first start at Goodison Park all season.
He was paired with Kurt Zouma at center-back, with Jordan Pickford between the posts, as well as Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne in the fullback positions. Both Idrissa Gueye and André Gomes retained their midfield spots for the fourth consecutive match, with the offensive trio of Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison ahead of them. Dominic Calvert-Lewin completed Everton’s line-up, as Silva decided to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation that had been very unbalanced for most of the season.
Unai Emery also did not rotate his squad much following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday. Bernd Leno kept his spot in goal, a defensive three of Nacho Monreal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Skhodran Mustafi in front of him. Aaron Ramsey was replaced by Mohamed Elneny, playing as a midfield pivot next to Mattéo Guendouzi, with wing-backs Sead Kolašinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in support. Emery’s only other change would see Alex Iwobi being replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan . . .