Elneny remains on bench in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss against Everton
Egypt international Mohamed Elneny watched from the bench as Ashley Williams scored late to give Everton a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez opener was cancelled out by Seamus Coleman goal right before the break, before Williams added Everton’s second goal to end Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run. The Gunners also blew a chance to replace Chelsea on top of the Premier League table.
Everton XI: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines; Gueye, McCarthy, Valencia, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka, Ozil; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Sanchez
Arsenal started the game well and played their own style of football in the first 20 minutes, which saw Alexis Sanchez open the scoring through a free kick won by Coquelin. Sanchez’s shot deflected off Ashley Williams and went past Marten Stekelenburg in the 20th minute to make it 1-0 for the guests.
The Gunners failed to control the tempo of the game after gaining the lead, as Everton pressured them until the end of the first half. Everton’s pressure paid off as they scored a deserved equaliser just before the break with Coleman converting Baines’ cross into the net to level the scoreline in the 44th minute.
After Everton’s goal, the Gunners managed to dominate, but failed to regain their lead.
As the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Ashley Williams headed home Barkley’s corner to make it 2-1 for Everton with four minutes to go.
Everton’s Phil Jagielka was sent off in the third minute of added time after picking up a second booking for fouling Lucas Perez.
Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Manchester City on Dec.18.
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