Five things we learned from Everton 2-1 Arsenal
What a pulsating game of football we consumed on Tuesday night as Everton and Arsenal served up an early festive season cracker.
With Everton struggling for form drastically going into this one and Arsenal on a superb run of results, many felt there was only one winner ahead of kick-off – but that wasn’t how things played out.
Certainly, Arsenal looked the brighter at the start and took the lead through Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick, but it was all Everton from thereon.
The Toffees got the crowd onside and when that happens the Blues usually take some stopping.
So it proved, too, as Seamus Coleman’s fine header from a Leighton Baines cross just before the interval set us up for a barn-storming second half.
End-to-end football at its finest, Everton took the initiative in the second 45, risking Arsenal counter-attacks in a bid to get a long overdue win.
And, eventually, it came as Ashley Williams thumped home a header from a corner with just minutes to go.
Fortune favours the brave is the old saying and Everton certainly got what they deserved for going for it as they ran out 2-1 winners.
Plenty to talk about from this one, then; here are five things we learned…