Report: Everton 2-5 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Starting XI: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Alexis, Ozil, Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Holding, Wilshere, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud

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Arsenal claimed a first away win of the season after bouncing back from Wayne Rooney’s early opener to win 5-2 against Everton. The Gunners created chances at will at Goodison Park but had to wait until the 39th minute before Nacho Monreal found a way past the impressive Jordan Pickford.

Arsene Wenger’s men were more clinical after the break as Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette bagged goals either side of Idrissa Gueye’s red card. Aaron Ramsey’s goal on 89 minutes added gloss to a decent performance before a ridiculous stoppage time mix-up between Monreal and Cech allowed the home side to grab a consolation.

Amazingly, there was still time for Alexis Sanchez to grab a fifth with his first league goal of the season.

First half

Dominate possession. Create chances. Miss them. Concede from the first shot on target. Dominate possession. Create chances. Miss them.

That probably sounds familiar because, the Liverpool game aside, it’s basically how all our away games in the league have gone so far this season.

Thankfully, on this occasion, Nacho Monreal found an equaliser on 39 minutes to ensure Arsene Wenger’s men entered the break on level terms.

This Arsenal team. Bloody hell, they are hard work.

We started very brightly. The interplay between Ozil, Alexis and Ramsey was exactly what you’d want from such attack-minded players and there were four good opportunities to break the deadlock inside the first 10 minutes. Poor finishing, coupled with Jordan Pickford’s alertness, meant we didn’t capitalise.

First Ramsey, racing through on goal, saw his effort tipped wide. Two minutes later Alexis darted into the box and probably could have taken a tumble as the Everton keeper slid out with his feet. The Chile international was put off enough to fumble his attempted cross.

Ozil was a particular bright spark in the opening stages and produced another chance on 7 minutes; Lacazette, after racing behind his marker, chose to shoot from a tight angle but again Pickford stood firm.

Inside 90 seconds the France international again tested the Toffees keeper. Picked out by Ramsey, he spun on a sixpence just three yards out but was denied from point-blank. It all felt a bit familiar.

Naturally, Everton, from their first shot on goal, punished us. And naturally, it was Wayne Rooney who got the goal. 15 years since he beat David Seaman from long-range the striker, with all the time in the world after Xhaka had lost possession, picked the ball up on the edge of the Gunners area, took aim and despatched the ball into the top corner. (0-1)

After a nervous couple of minutes that included a Cech goal kick being charged down, Arsenal again took charge of proceedings.

Ramsey followed up on an Alexis free-kick parried by Pickford, but he couldn’t squeeze the ball home. Lacazette, Kolasinac and Bellerin had further efforts. By this point Arsenal had already had more shots on target than any other away team in a first half in the Premier League this season.

Everton, a side on a terrible run, invited more Arsenal pressure as they sat deeper and deeper.  Finally, on 39 minutes, our luck in front of goal finally changed. Xhaka had a go from range and when Pickford’s stop bounced to Monreal, the Spaniard wasted no time hammering the ball home. It was the Spaniard’s second league goal of the season. (1-1)

Given our domination, the sounding of the half time whistle was frustrating.

Second half

After such inefficiency in the final third it was a blessed relief to see us take our first chance of the second period. Everton had actually looked quite bright following a switch in formation and a couple of substitutions but our first counter-attack produced an exquisite goal from Ozil.

It started with Lacazette bounding forward on the break and ended with the German clipping a delightful header past Pickford after his run to the near post was perfectly picked out by Sanchez. It was the first time we’d scored twice away from home this term and also the midfielder’s first goal of the season. (2-1)

Arsenal’s job was made easier when Idrissa Gueye was given his marching orders on 67 minutes for a second yellow card. The Everton midfielder had been walking a tightrope since an earlier booking and when he lunged in on Xhaka it was little surprise the referee reached for his pocket.

The Gunners made their extra man count within seven minutes. Bellerin and Sanchez freed Ozil down the right and the German set up Lacazette to spank the ball home from eight yards. (3-1)

Having bagged his first away goal of the season Lacazette made way for Wilshere. Not long after Ozil was replaced by Coquelin. By this point, the men in black were enjoying themselves in possession against the backdrop of a frustrated home crowd.

Every time we broke we looked like we might score. Sanchez hit the side netting with a diving header, Xhaka rattled the bar with a thunderbolt from 25-yards before Ramsey finally put the result beyond doubt with an 89th-minute strike. (4-1)

There was still time for Niasse to grab a consolation when Cech failed to deal with a short back-pass from Monreal. The Spaniard, having earlier swung the game in the Gunners favour, looked disgusted at himself. (4-2)

The fun wasn’t quite over. Alexis, who’d been knocking on the door all afternoon, finally got the goal he deserved with a ravishing right foot finish after dribbling across the box. (5-2)

The three points mean we move up to fifth, level with Chelsea on 16 points. After a week on the road we can now turn our attention to three home games in a row.

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