Arsenal’s poor run of form away from home continues as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Everton away at Goodison Park.
Phil Jagielka of all people scored the only goal of the game, where the Toffees were the better team from the first whistle to the last.
A long throw from Lucas Digne in the 10th minute went into a sea of bodies inside the Arsenal box.
Eventually, Dominic-Calvert Lewin won a header and the ball deflected off Sead Kolasinac into the path of Jagielka, who finished to give his team the lead.
Unai Emery’s men, who were second best in all departments in the first half, came out firing in the first 10 minutes after the break. However, they failed to really test Jordan Pickford and the Everton back-line.
The home side then had a number of presentable opportunities to put this game to bed, but they were guilty of not producing the final-ball quality.
Arsenal tried to assert pressure late on, however, but it wasn’t enough.
Another weak performance away from home from the Gunners as they stay fourth in the table.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances today:
Bernd Leno - 6
Couldn’t have done much to save the first goal. Did well to deny Bernard from close quarters in the second half to keep his team in the game.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 6
Overall, the youngster played well on the right-hand side but his crossing into the box could have been better.
Shkodran Mustafi - 5
The Germany international had hairy moments throughout the game. Booked after cynically fouling Calvert-Lewin in the second half.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos - 6
Even though he was booked in the first half, the Greek international did well to defend various situations and keep his team in it. Made two goal-saving blocks.
Nacho Monreal - 5
Struggled to impact the game, whether it be from left centre-back or left-back.
Sead Kolasinac - 3
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international laboured in the first 45 minutes before being subbed off at half-time.
Matteo Guendouzi - 4
Gave the ball away too many times in midfield. It was one of the main reasons why Arsenal lost the midfield battle.
Mohamed Elneny - 3
First Premier League start in a while and struggled to impose his game in midfield. Subbed off at half-time.
Mesut Ozil - 5
There were two small spells in the game where he tried to create something for the team. Other than that, a docile performance from the captain of the day. Subbed off later on.
Alexandre Lacazette - 6
The Frenchman tried his best to be a nuisance to the Everton centre-backs, but he receive close to none service. Had one good chance in the second half but stumbled.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 4
Kept changing positions in order to impact the game, however, the Armenia international was ineffective throughout.
(SUB) Aaron Ramsey - 6
Came on at half-time and brought more energy in midfield. Had one great chance early on in the second half, but he missed it.
(SUB) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 3
Close to no impact after coming on at half-time. Arsenal needed a big performance from him if they had to come back in this game.
(SUB) Alex Iwobi - 4
Came on in the final 15 minutes and showed flashes of brilliance. But it was not enough to dislodge the Everton defence.