Arsenal’s 14 match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end yesterday night as Everton came from behind to defeat the Gunners 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Ashley Williams’ 86th minute header grabbed the three points for the Toffees as the Gunners failed to move to the top of the table. Sanchez had opened scoring in the 20th minutes. His free-kick deflected off Williams and hit Martin Stekelenburg into the net.
Just before the break, Coleman ghosted into Arsenal’s backline and grabbed an equalizer via a header.
Alex Iwobi and Olivier Giroud were brought on in the last 20 minutes but they could not turn the result around. Iwobi’s shot was cleared off the line and Sanchez was brought down in the box but the referee waved play on.
Jagielka’s late red card couldn’t spark any late comeback, neither was the introduction of Lucas Perez. It was a frustrating game. Ozil was poor and Arsenal had just 3 shots on target.
Wenger: “We started well and were in control of the game. After that we lost a bit of urgency and Everton made the game very physical. From that moment on we lost some goals we are not used to losing. They disturbed our game really, they played a real cup game and at the end of the day we lost on two headers from two defenders. I believe it’s frustrating to lose with five minutes to go on a header like that and the first goal was a header as well. You could expect Lukaku to score a goal against us but not the way we conceded two goals here.”
“We have to recover. We play five games away from home out of six and we have a fantastic away record. We want to keep that strength and prepare well for the next one.”
The Gunners remain 3 points behind leaders Chelsea who have a game in hand. Will it be 6 points behind by tonight?
Manchester City is next.