Believe it or not, this is Everton’s double over Arsenal in a season in a whole 35 years
The Gunners suffered their seventh home league loss of the season on Friday night, thanks to Bernd Leno’s late clanger, which handed the Toffees all three points.
The protests outside the ground ahead of kick-off against Stan Kroenke’s ownership of the club were more noteworthy than anything that happened inside it, but Leno’s late mistake, somehow fumbling a Richarlison cross into his own net, kept Carlo Ancelotti’s men’s slim top-four hopes alive.
Notable match events:
Gylfi Sigurdsson came close with a 30-yard free-kick that reached the crossbar and that was the visitor’s best chance in the first half.
VAR was involved in the second half after Richarlison nicked Dani Ceballos in the danger area, and Arsenal were awarded a penalty, but it was reversed for offside in the build-up.
For the goal, Richarlison scored as he attempted to roll a ball into the six-yard box. The ball rolled between Leno’s hands and reached his leg on the way in, and he surely should have scooped it up.
On the table:
With the three points, eighth-placed Everton moves to 52 points, one behind Liverpool and three behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while the Gunners stay ninth on 46.