Everton, who defeated Chelsea in their last game continued their impressive form to defeat Arsenal and move up to second in the table. The eighth defeat of the season for Arsenal has put Arteta under enormous pressure ahead of a busy schedule as the Gunners have now picked up just 2 points from the last seven games.
Arteta decided to start Nketiah for the injured Aubameyang, with Lacazette and Martinelli named on the bench. Everton enjoyed the early possession without creating any meaningful chances to trouble Leno, as Arsenal were keen not to concede first for the fifth successive game. Keane’s ambitious shot from distance had Leno concerned, but the defender’s shot swerved just past the post.
Everton took the lead in the 22nd minute through an own goal from Rob Holding after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header deflected off the Arsenal defender. Nketiah was guilty of missing a golden opportunity to equalise just minutes after conceding, but the Arsenal forward’s first time shot went yards wide of the far post.
The Gunners were awarded a penalty after Tom Davies caught Maitland-Niles, and Pepe stepped up to score from the spot and equalise for Arsenal. Just when Arsenal thought they could go into the break on level terms, their defence was caught out at the near post from a corner, allowing Mina to flick a header past Leno and take the lead again.
Arsenal made a decent start to the second half and almost equalised for the second time through David Luiz, but the defender’s shot bounced off the turf on to the post after Pickford was left in no man’s land attempting to punch clear a cross. Arteta introduced Lacazette and Martinelli in search of an equaliser, but the Toffees defence stood firm to deter any Arsenal attack. Pickford was called into a vital save in the stoppage time to deny Arsenal an equaliser, as Everton won their third successive game to move into second position in the table.