Despite the recent clean sheets, Mikel Arteta’s new Arsenal proved how unlike George Graham’s team of old, when they gifted Everton two goals at the Emirates.
The first gift came courtesy of David Luiz’s Toblerone header, which was acrobatically converted by Calvert-Lewin.
There seemed no way back for Arsenal, so devoid of confidence were they, until Arteta was forced by Kolacinac’s injury to make a change. Quite why Kolasinac started ahead of the in-form Saka is anyone’s guess. Could it be something to do with Saka’s contract negotiations?
If so, it didn’t put Saka off his game. After replacing Kolasinac, Saka made an immediate impact, crossing beautifully for Nketiah to convert expertly from close range.
Thereafter, Luiz’s peach of pass was despatched by Aubameyang to suddenly make Arsenal look unassailable, despite such a narrow lead.
Deep into first-half injury time, Everton got back with Ricarlison touching the ball in, virtually on the goal-line. Unfortunately, it was a moment that goalkeeper Leno will want to forget.
Aubameyang’s early header in the second half from Pepe’s cross looked like it might be enough to defeat Everton, but Arsenal fans know never to take anything for granted.
Luckily, Leno pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep Arsenal’s lead intact.
The result moves Arsenal up the table at Everton’s expense.