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Post-Match Report

Everton 2-5 Arsenal: How it happened

Everton -

Goodison Park
Premier League
Premier League
  Everton
      
              W. Rooney (12')
               O. Niasse (90')
          
   crest
Everton
W. Rooney (12') O. Niasse (90')
2 5
  Arsenal
      
                  Monreal (40')
                   Ozil (53')
                   Lacazette (74')
                   Ramsey (90')
                   Alexis (90')
            
   crest
Arsenal
Monreal (40')
Ozil (53')
Lacazette (74')
Ramsey (90')
Alexis (90')

WHAT HAPPENED

We picked up our first away win of the Premier League season in fine fashion as goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis saw off Everton.

In a compellingly open first half, we dominated right from the off and created two big chances within 10 minutes of the start.

The first saw Mesut Ozil, at his bewitching best, slip the ball behind the Everton defence with a deft flick to play in Aaron Ramsey. With a clear sight of goal, the Wales international looked odds on to score, but his low shot was palmed around the post by Jordan Pickford.

It was the first of a series of fine – if frustrating – saves by the Everton goalkeeper, who was soon called into action to deny Alexandre Lacazette from close quarters.

We were well on top – but suddenly found ourselves a goal down and the scorer, it is no surprise to say, was Wayne Rooney as he took advantage of a defensive error before curling a shot into the far corner.

It was a real blow after such a positive start, but we kept on coming, bursting forward at pace to cause real problems for the Everton backline.

Ramsey twice went close in quick succession, Bellerin then had a go from outside the area before finally, with five minutes left of the half, Nacho Monreal poked in the equaliser.

It was no more than we deserved, and we could even have taken a lead into the interval but Pickford made another good stop to deny Alexis.

But it only needed eight minutes of the second half for us to take the chance to move in front, as Ramsey, Lacazette and Alexis combined on the break, with the latter picking out Ozil to head home.

Ramsey flashed a first-time shot over the bar from 12 yards moments later, and the game continued to turn in our favour when Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a second bookable offence for a late challenge on Granit Xhaka.

We made our advantage count when, with 17 minutes remaining, Ozil broke up the right flank and into the area, before picking out Lacazette to slot home his first away goal for the club and put the game to bed.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Mesut Ozil after scoring his first away goal for the club

Alexis went close with a diving header in the closing stages, before Xhaka it the bar with a fierce effort from 20 yards.

As the game entered injury time, Jack Wilshere played in Ramsey to slot home, and while Oumar Niasse pulled one back right at the end, it could not take the gloss off off a very satisfactory 68th birthday for Arsene Wenger.

Indeed, there would be one final twist as Alexis flashed in our fifth goal. What a performance, what a way to get our first away win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

See how the game unfolded through our play-by-play coverage of the match.

RAMSEY WATCH

Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his second goal of the season v Everton

Aaron Ramsey was back in the team after missing our last two matches – and back in the thick of the action with a typically-energetic display.

Here are some of the Wales international’s key moments at Goodison Park:

3 – Ozil slips the ball behind the Everton backline to play in Ramsey, who takes a touch and tries to curl it around Pickford but the goalkeeper pushes it around the post

10 – Slick build-up play sees the ball come to Ramsey to the right of the area and he pulls the ball back to Lacazette, who turns and shoots but Pickford makes a fine save

16 – Alexis curls a free kick around the wall and Pickford fumbles, with Ramsey racing in to fire in the rebound but the goalkeeper saves his follow-up

18 – Ramsey collects the ball 30 yards out, and charges forward before hitting a firm, low drive that Pickford can’t hold but Williams clears

56 – Koscielny finds space down the right flank and delivers a good ball into Ramsey in the area, but his first-time shot flies over the bar

90 – Wilshere picks Ramsey out in the box with a good ball, and the Wales international slots it beyond Ramsey to wrap up the scoring

WHAT IT MEANS

Following our win we have moved up to fifth in the league table and sit behind Chelsea on goal difference


WHAT’S NEXT

We return to Carabao Cup action on Tuesday night by hosting Championship side Norwich City in the fourth round at Emirates Stadium.

The Canaries are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, and come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win against Ipswich in the ‘tractor derby’.

The Breakdown

How our front three eviscerated Everton

We fielded Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the first time at Everton on Sunday - and scored five goals to pick up our first away win of the campaign.

Adrian Clarke analyses their link-up play in the latest episode of The Breakdown, and also examines:

  • The drive that helped us dominate midfield
  • The elegance of Ozil's all-action display
  • How overconfidence in our own half cost us
  • The ruthless edge that Alexis showed

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the latest episode of 'The Breakdown' and then don't forget to check out the following:

Video

Watch the very best of Ozil against Everton

One goal, one assist and another eight chances created. Mesut Ozil truly returned to his best form against Everton on Sunday.

The World Cup winner headed Alexis’ cross past Jordan Pickford before setting up Alexandre Lacazette for his first away goal for us.

Click ‘Play’ on the video above to watch the very best of Ozil’s performance at Goodison Park - and don’t forget to take our quiz on the Germany playmaker below:

News

Watch the goals from our win at Everton

We secured our first away Premier League of the season in some style at Everton on Sunday.

After Wayne Rooney had put the hosts in front, Nacho Monreal brought us level just before half-time, with Mesut Ozil giving us the lead shortly after the break.

The German then turned provider for Alexandre Lacazette before strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis sandwiched Oumar Niasse’s late consolation.

You can now watch all of the action from the game, including a bitesize clip below, an extended cut above and the full match replay below, plus all five of our goals.

Press conference

‘Alexis was on fire… Ozil was superb’

Arsene Wenger fielded Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis together for the first time at Everton on Sunday - and they each responded with a goal.

The Arsenal manager was delighted with how that trio performed, and this is what he said about them in his post-match press conference:

on if we’ll see it a lot more of them together in the future…
I wish - but I feel the whole team played well. We were tested mentally when we were 1-0 down after a very good start in the game. We couldn’t finish, their keeper kept them in the game and suddenly we were 1-0 down. It was a mental test but we kept going, we kept our focus and slowly the quality of our movement, the quality of our passing gave Everton problems. After that, with the offensive strength we have, of course that made the difference.

on Alexis’ performance…
He was on fire. I believe that he comes back from injury and has worked very hard, Ozil as well. The two of them were sharp physically, very mobile and if you have their individual quality, that makes them dangerous against any defender.

on Ozil’s display…
He was superb. Agile, quick, intelligent. Always at the service of the team with his quality of his passing and when he is at that level, he is an exceptional football player.

on reports about Mesut’s future…
We live in an environment where we have to deal with the news and the players and myself have only always one response, which is what’s happening on the football pitch. When you see Mesut on the football pitch like he is today, enjoying his game like he is today, it’s difficult to believe these kind of things.

Press conference

Thirty shots, five goals, one big win

The stats speak for themselves: 30 shots on goal, five goals, three big away points.

Arsene Wenger was a happy man after our win at Everton on Sunday, and afterwards he discussed the display in his post-match press conference.

This is what he said:

on if that was our best performance of the season...
Maybe the most complete defensively and offensively, yes. But it’s funny because until now, I felt that we dominated the game at Stoke, at Watford as well, and were punished for every single mistake. We couldn’t finish our chances but today we created more - I think we had [28] shots on goal and away from home, that’s an impressive number.

on squad depth…
Look, we just played at Belgrade and won 1-0 with 10 completely different players. We have quality, but what is very important is our team play. After that, at the end of our team play, if we have players of Ozil’s quality, you want always the best possible individual quality. When you look, I had Giroud on the bench, I had Walcott on the bench, I had Wilshere on the bench, I had Iwobi on the bench. Offensively, it’s top quality.

News

Who was our best player at Everton?

We won away in the Premier League for the first time this season, courtesy of a convincing 5-2 victory at Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Mesut Ozil scored one and assisted another, as did Alexis, while Aaron Ramsey crowned an industrious midfield display with a late goal.

But who was our best player at Goodison Park? Make sure you vote below.

Interview

Ramsey on Ozil, Alexis and Lacazette’s display

Aaron Ramsey was a satisfied man after we claimed our first away win of the Premier League season - especially so as we came back from an early goal.

The Wales international was playing behind an attacking trio of Mesut Ozil, Alexis and Alex Lacazette for the first time - so how did he rate their understanding?

This is what he said:

on the performance…
We needed that, like you said it was our first away win of the season, we scored a few goals as well. Even though they’re not on the best run at the moment, it was always going to be quite a dangerous game because they needed a performance as well. It was important for us to match them from the beginning and we did that - full credit to the guys, we deserved that in the end.

on Lacazette, Ozil and Alexis all starting…
I think that with all the players we have in this squad we’re more than capable of producing performances. With these guys they score goals, they create goals as well, so it was nice to have them back in the team and hopefully they can continue creating and scoring goals.

on our belief to come back…
Of course, it was early on in the game [that we conceded]. Wayne Rooney is a quality player and he’s been scoring those types of goals over the years, and it was just how we responded from that and we did well to get back into the game and we went on to win it comfortably.

on us pushing up the league…
We need to make the Emirates a fortress, we’ve won every game there so far this season, so hopefully we can continue that and pick up more away wins as well and I’m sure we will go right to the end.

Interview

‘Nacho’s playing so well… and scoring goals now!’

Until the start of October, Nacho Monreal had scored just one Premier League goal in 140 appearances.

Now, after his strike at Everton on Sunday, the Spain international has two in his last three matches - and his displays have certainly caught Hector Bellerin’s eye.

“That’s Nacho!” the Spain international said. “I think he’s doing really well this year.

“It’s a bit of a change in position for him, but I think it suits him a lot and now that he’s got all the experience he’s got, he’s started scoring goals. So I’m really happy for him.

“He’s just a very cool guy, not like the normal footballer that people think of. A very good professional who takes care of himself a lot and it shows on the pitch.

“I think every player at the club has to be at that level and has to be able to score, able to assist and play well. It hasn’t been me today, but it will come for sure.”

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