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Arsenal player ratings vs Everton: Martin Odegaard with ‘moments of quality’ but Alexandre Lacazette struggles

·3-min read
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Arsenal slumped to a second defeat in a row as Everton came from behind to beat them at Goodison Park.

The Gunners, despite a poor first-half, took the lead through Martin Odegaard after Kieran Tierney picked him out with a good cross.

Arsenal failed to kick on in the second-half though, and in the end Everton equalised as Richarlison - who had already had two goals disallowed for offside - headed home.

Demarai Gray then completed the comeback in injury time as he arrowed a shot past Aaron Ramsdale in goal.

Simon Collings was at Goodison Park to run the rule over Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsdale 6

Didn’t have masses to do and couldn’t really do anything about the Richarlison header, which looped over him, nor Gray’s stunning winner.

Takehiro Tomiyasu 6

Was in the wars following a stamp from Ben Godfrey. Battled well and was fairly solid throughout. Didn’t have many chances to get forward.

Ben White 5

Like Gabriel, this wasn’t his best game in an Arsenal shirt. Passing wasn’t quite at its crisp best and the marauding runs forward seem to have disappeared.

Gabriel 6

Not at his usual commanding self, but he was marginally better than White. Form has slightly dipped recently and he will want to respond on Saturday.

Kieran Tierney 7

Back in the starting XI and he had a good game at left-back. A bit rusty early on, but put in a cross of real quality to create the opening goal.

Thomas Partey 5

As his pre-match interview showed, he is low on confidence right now and he is struggling for form. His passing was a little off, but he got better as the game went on.

Granit Xhaka 6

Given this was his first game back, way ahead of schedule, the midfielder did pretty well. Offered some control in midfield and had a hand in the goal.

Bukayo Saka 6

Was tricky and caused problems, resulting in him being fouled on several occasions. Didn’t really open Everton up, though.

Martin Odegaard 7 | Star man

Got the team’s goal and was probably just about Arsenal’s best player during a lacklustre performance. He had a few moments of quality, with his finish for the goal being one of them.

Gabriel Martinelli 6

Bright and full of running, but was mainly feeding off scraps for most of the game. Got in behind once and his cross just went over the bar.

Alexandre Lacazette 5

Just never got into the game and, particularly in the first-half, he barely had a kick upfront. It was the same with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Old Trafford, so perhaps it’s a tactical issue?

Substitutions

Nuno Tavares (Tierney 65’) 5

Came on at left-back and couldn’t provide the quality that Tierney did.

Eddie Nketiah (Martinelli 71’) 5

A brief little came on the left flank and he missed a glorious chance to win the game late on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Lacazette 84’) N/A

Subs not used: Okonkwo, Holding, Cedric, Elneny, Lokonga, Pepe.

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