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The matchwinner Leandro Trossard talks to Sky Sports
It was a perfect lay-off from Bukayo and I knew I had to hit it straight away with my left foot. It went in perfectly and I’m really happy with it. I’ve been practising all my life with both feet and it helps you in the game as an attacker.
We knew we had a poor record here. They always give you a hard time but the boys defended well. [On the short corners] They have a lot of tall guys and are good on set-pieces, so that was the thinking behind it. We work hard on [short corners]; we work hard on everything tactically!
“I agree the player of the match is Ukrainian,” writes Joe Pearson. “And even though he’ll probably be on the losing side, Zinchenko’s countryman Mykolenko has been really good today.”
Yes, he was excellent. I don’t really understand Everton, because on paper their team is lower mid-table. Maybe such incessant negativity – especially at such a big club – overwhelms you in the end. I never thought they’d go down under Sean Dyche but I’m starting to worry about them.
Full time: Everton 0-1 Arsenal
Peep peep! Arsenal jump to fourth, two points behind you know who, after a hard-fought victory at Goodison Park. The ugliness of the win will please Mikel Arteta, as will the one-touch beauty of Leandro Trossard’s winning goals.
There are boos at the final whistle, though that feels a bit harsh on an Everton team who gave everything they had and stayed in the game throughout.
90+3 min Arsenal are a minute away from their first win on Merseyside since 2017.
90+1 min Four minutes of added time, a calculation about which Sean Dyche is rightly fuming. I suppose the rejoinder is that you could add on four hours and Everton wouldn’t score.
90 min Patterson’s pass is controlled neatly by Calvert-Lewin on the left of the area, but his poke across the area is neither one thing nor the other and the danger passes.
88 min Pickford’s free-kick from the halfway line is dropped by Raya, but Tarkowski is penalised for breathing the same air. A bit soft, though Gabriel would have cleared the ball anyway.
88 min: Double substitution Nathan Patterson and the young striker Youssef Chermiti replace Ashley Young and Dwight McNeil.
87 min The other thing that will please Mikel Arteta, if it stays like this, is the clean sheet. They’ve had only three in the last 15 league games.
86 min Havertz’s chipped cross from near the byline beats Pickford and almost drifts into the net. In the end it went out of play beyond the far post before curling back in.
84 min Tarkowski wins a couple of headers from a free-kick, but eventually Arsenal clear. The introduction of Tomiyasu and Havertz gives them more height at set-pieces.
83 min Everton’s upcoming league fixtures are Brentford (A), Luton (H), Bournemouth (H), Liverpool (A), West Ham (A).
That Luton match on 30 September already feels like a musn’t-lose game. Matches played in September really shouldn’t be musn’t-lose. They shouldn’t be must or mustn’t anything.
81 min Danjuma is now playing as the No10, literally and tactically, with Garner on the right and McNeil on the left.
80 min: Substitutions for both sides.
Everton James Garner for Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Arsenal Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kai Havertz for Oleksandr Zinchenko (probably the player of the match) and Fabio Vieira.
79 min Arsenal look well in control. A hard-fought victory like this would be a nice way to start a very important period: Champions League matches galore, plus Spurs and Man City at home.
77 min: Two chances for Arsenal! Trossard puts Odegaard through on goal with a smart first-time pass. His right-footed shot is well saved by Pickford, falling to his right. Vieira collects the rebound on the edge of the area and laces a shot that is superbly blocked by the sliding Mykolenko.
77 min “After 70 minutes of increasing prospect of ugh, anxety, déjà vu horror and all the rest of, not excluding uncharitable thoughts of Stoke City, finally the quality tells, finally a goal that counts,” rambles a relieved Charles Antaki.Prayers do perhaps work.”
Prayers and delayed short corners.
76 min Gabriel’s fine long pass almost releases Gabriel Jesus, but an imperfect second touch allows Mykolenko to get round and clear. At the other end, Gueye wafts high and wide from the edge of the area.
75 min Apparently Arsenal took 26 seconds to take that short corner. Sounds like it’s a definite plan.
74 min White’s very deep cross is volleyed wide from a tight angle. It came at an awkward height, and all Vieira could do was wave his leg like an arthritic ninja. Trossard, behind him, was probably in a better position.
72 min Pickford’s 90-yard pass reaches Mykolenko, whose hooked shot from a tight angle hits Saliba and goes behind. Everton’s first corner… is a stinker, straight into Raya’s arms.
Saka took the corner short to Odegaard, who fizzed it infield to Vieira in the D. He moved it back outside to Zinchenko, who found Odegaard, who played in the underlapping Saka on the right side of the area. Saka cut the ball back to Trossard, who opened his body to guide a first-time shot across goal with his left foot. Time stood still as the ball flew across Pickford… and then it clattered off the inside of the far post abefore rebounding into the net. That’s such a good finish, not least because the ball popped up slightly as it reached Trossard.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 Arsenal (Trossard 69)
A goal from Leandro Trossard is what happens next!
68 min The corner is cleared, but Saka soon wins another after running at Onana. What happens next?
68 min Saka wins a corner off Mykolenko, which makes it 7-0 to Arsenal in that particular statistic.
67 min Calvert-Lewin’s first touch is a smart layoff to Danjuma, who lobs over from the edge of the box. A quarter-chance at best.
66 min: Arsenal substitution Gabriel Jesus on, Eddie Nketiah off.
66 min: Everton substitution Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Beto, who took one for his new team by doing the graveyard shift up front. Calvert-Lewin is wearing a mask to protect the cheekbone he fractured last month.
64 min Free-kick to Everton 35 yards from goal. Young floats it in, Saliba heads clear. Everton haven’t made the most of their set-pieces today. Not that they’ve had many: just two or three free-kicks, still no corners.