It was a rather difficult game to win as the Toffees played deep for most of the game and were happy to sit back and remain resolute in defence. It took a one-time finish from Leandro Trossard after a brilliant sequence from the Gunners to break the deadlock and get past Jordan Pickford. It was a game of very very fine margins andArsenal surely made the best of their opportunity.
That win would come as a massive morale booster for Mikel Arteta’s men ahead of their Champions League campaign. Mikel Arteta’s comments after the game showed just what the victory meant to the Gunners’ boss.
Arteta says Arsenal deserved to win against Everton
Reflecting on Arsenal ending their six-year wait without a win at Goodison Park, Arteta said: Reflecting on ending our Goodison hoodoo, he said: “Six years without a win here is a long time, so we had to learn some lessons, we had to be better. I am delighted for the win but especially the way we won it, the way we played, how dominant we were, the presence that we showed on the pitch. We fully deserved to win the game.
“I think we had many other openings to put the ball in the last line and to put somebody in the box and finalise. Credit to Everton, they defended the box extremely well, and they had some big, big blocks when we opened them up. It’s great to have other ways to score goals, it gives you different resources and be more unpredictable.”
Goalscorer and match-winner Leandro Trossard also reflected on a difficult match and the mood in the club’s dressing room after the win. He said: “Everyone is happy of course, we really wanted to take the three points away from here, and we did. We’re really pleased for that.
“Obviously you always need to be ready [to come on] but it’s always tougher if you have to come on in a tough game as well, especially first half. They defended really well in the box, it was hard for us to get some clear chances, but then it was all about patience.
“I think we had some chances in the second half and then it’s about taking them and luckily we scored the goal. The moment I saw [Bukayo] getting the ball, I knew I had to get it. He laid it off really well for me and I had to hit it first touch and it went in nicely!”