So it turned out that the pattern of this game was set within the opening two minutes. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was played clear on goal but was denied by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech when he should have scored or at least passed to a better placed team-mate.
At the time it seemed a little careless but also forgivable. It looked as though the young forward was simply caught a little cold by such an early opportunity. It happens.
Sadly for Everton, it turned out that the miss was the opening act of a depressing and ultimately damaging pattern. The better team for periods of this game, Marco Silva’s side played with ambition and enterprise but when it came to scoring goals fell well short.
Arsenal made it four Premier League victories in a row as they claimed a comfortable win over Everton on Sunday afternoon
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after 56 minutes as he latched onto Aaron Ramsey’s pass on the edge of the box
The in-form French striker then cut inside before bending a sensational finish into the top corner past a helpless Pickford
Lacazette celebrates scoring Arsenal’s first goal with a little dance routine alongside colleague Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the Gunners’ lead just two minutes later as he finished off a well-worked move
The former Borussia Dortmund striker made no mistake when he fired past Pickford to seal all three points
The Gabonese striker was clearly in an offside position when he slammed the ball home but he celebrated regardless
Arsenal continued to gather momentum under new boss Unai Emery with their fourth consecutive Premier League win
PLAYER RATINGS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech 8.5; Bellerin 6, Mustafi 6, Soktaris 6 (Holding 38, 6), Monreal 6; Xhaka 6.5, Torreira 6; Ozil 6, Ramsey 7 (Welbeck 79, 6), Aubameyang 6.5 (Iwobi 67, 6); Lacazette 7.
Subs not used: Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Leno, Guendouzi
Goals: Lacazette 56, Aubameyang 59
Bookings: Torreira, Sokratis
Manager: Unai Emery 6.5
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford 7; Kenny 6, Keane 6, Zouma 6, Digne 6; Gueye 6.5, Davies 6; Walcott 6 (Bernard 71, 6), Sigurdsson 7.5, Richarlison 8; Calvert-Lewin 6 (Tosun 71, 6)
Subs not used: Holgate, Baines, Schneiderlin, Stekelenburg, Lookman
Manager: Marco Silva 6.5
Referee: Jonathan Moss 6
Man of the Match: Cech
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By full-time, Everton had created half a dozen good chances and Cech had saved them all. The Arsenal goalkeeper deserves credit for that but at the same time he shouldn’t have been given a prayer with some of them.
So it was always likely that Everton would pay a heavy price against an Arsenal team that is not yet thoroughly convincing but remains capable of hurting teams.
Sure enough, two goals in three second half minutes eventually earned Arsenal the win and it was fitting that they came from two forwards in whom Arsenal have invested in the region of £100m.
Everton continue to suffer from the fact they have never adequately replaced striker Romelu Lukaku, sold for big money to Manchester United in 2017. Arsenal have at least given it a go in that regard and here it was Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the goals that eventually separated these teams.
Everton forward Theo Walcott tries to make something happen in attack as he returned to his former club for the second time
Petr Cech of Arsenal saves the ball at the feet of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who should have played the ball across the box
Richarlison, back in action after this three-match suspension, gets sandwiched between Lacazette and Mesut Ozil
Lucas Torreira of Arsenal passes the ball under pressure from Calvert-Lewin as the Uruguayan made his full debut
The first – in the 56th minute – was a beauty. Everton captain Tom Davies may have competed better for a loose ball 30 yards from goal but when the ball was played forward to Lacazette there was much to admire as the Frenchman opened his body to curl a lovely shot with his right-instep in to Jordan Pickford’s left hand corner from 16 yards.
Pickford – the Everton and England goalkeeper – had a decent afternoon but there was nothing he could do with this one. Had Everton had such quality at the other end of the field, they may have enjoyed their journey home a little more.
Arsenal’s second goal was nowhere near as pretty and, it turned out, should not have stood. Aubameyang was a yard offside when he converted a loose ball from seven yards after Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil had threatened to make a complete mess of a two-on-one overload and that at least allowed Silva to leave the Emirates nursing a grievance.
However the Everton manager will know that particular moment of ill-fortune was not the reason his team lost this game. In some parts of their play, Everton were impressive. They pressed the opposition well, moved the ball quickly when they had it and in Richarlison they had the game’s most dangerous player.
Arsenal supporters try to cover their eyes from the sun at the Emirates as they hoped for another three points on home soil
Torreira was booked inside 15 minutes on his full debut for a bit of a lunge from the Uruguayan on Gylfi Sigurdsson
Everton’s Lucas Digne makes a challenge to prevent Mesut Ozil driving away with the ball into an attacking position
Richarlison came close to giving the visitors the lead when he cut inside and bent an effort just around the far post
The former Watford player had the beating of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin from the opening moments and gave the Spaniard a horrible time. Indeed Everton looked capable of causing Arsenal problems whenever they got in to spaces between the home team’s defence and their holding players and certainly should have led by half-time.
But as well as Calvert-Lewin’s early failure, Theo Walcott was also denied by Cech when clean through while Richarlison himself worked three good opportunities but could not beat the Arsenal goalkeeper.
After watching Cech struggle with coach Unai Emery’s instructions to play out from the back in an early game at Cardiff, it was tempting to wonder if a Premier League great was to end his time in the English game rather ingloriously.
So from that point of view it was heartening to see him back to doing what he has always done very well here, namely saving shots on goal.
Digne takes a free kick for the Toffees but it fails to test Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal as the sides went in goalless at half-time
Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal is substituted for Rob Holding on 38 minutes after he picked up an injury early on
Richarlison was threatening throughout but Cech was equal to another of his attempts, a drilled shot flying high into the net
That said, Everton just didn’t make things hard enough for him. Even as they chased the game, Everton couldn’t change their habits.
As excellent as he was, Richarlison should have scored with a free header from a free-kick with 20 minutes to go but his effort was too close to Cech and once again he saved. A goal then and we would have had a real climax.
As it was, it was that missed chance that finally seemed to drain Everton’s reservoir of belief and Arsenal saw the game out comfortably from that point on.
Emery will be happy enough with his team’s start to the season. After opening defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal have now won five on the bounce in all competitions and their new coach will recognise signs of steady improvement, especially when his team have the ball.
Familiar frailties exist and that is not a surprise. Arsene Wenger left behind a squad with absolutely no understanding of how to perform effectively in the Premier League and it was always going to take time and two or three transfer windows to put that right.
With that in mind, it is not surprising that the London club can still look a little frail. Arsenal still seem short of nous and also toughness when they don’t have the ball and that will kill them against the really good teams. Everton are progressive but are not yet in that category. Not where it really matters, at least.
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