Unai Emery has been relatively successful already in his time at Arsenal but, against Everton, perhaps he was guilty of one cardinal sin: underestimating the opposition.
Experienced campaigners would know that any team can beat any other in the Premier League on their day. There is no league like it, which explains its popularity.
Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon to see new arrivals in England throwing caution to the wind when teams have, what is perceived as, an easy match. Everton away would never be considered as that, by anyone who has been grounded in English football.
Emery, for all his qualities, may think again before selecting another weakened eleven. While it understandable that the manager wants to save his best team for Napoli, the Toffees were always going to be sticky, if you’ll excuse the pun.
The team selection certainly left a lot to be desired, with Elneny making a rare appearance and Ozil being handed the armband.
Although the legendary Ian Wright claims that Ozil has been treated badly, I’d claim the opposite is the case. The German is still getting a look in, despite the tokenism of his defensive challenges. The stats may state that Ozil puts in a reasonable shift, but anyone carefully watching him would have to beg to differ.
Personally, I think Emery has dealt with Ozil admirably, making the best of a lousy situation that he inherited from his indulgent predecessor.
Nevertheless, Emery still needs to learn there are no easy games in the Premier League. It may be a cliche, but it’s true.