Everton handed Arsenal a huge dent in the Gunners’ ambitions of becoming Premier League champions with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday at Goodison Park, which was only the second league defeat of the season for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The victory, as well as being Everton’s first in five games, was a milestone for Toffees boss Ronald Koeman as the Dutchman continued his superb record over Arsene Wenger- beating him for the third time on home soil.
After the match, Wenger criticised referee Mark Clattenburg for missing a challenge on Alexis Sanchez that he believes should have resulted in a penalty but Koeman has hit back at the Frenchman, suggesting he always has an excuse.
Ronald Koeman: "I'm not surprised at Wenger. It's the third time I've beaten him at home and the third time he has made it about the ref." pic.twitter.com/0DHeO2setK
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 14, 2016
Arsenal do have a point to argue on the Alexis’ penalty incident but it was a very difficult call to make, as one angle made it look like a certain penalty whilst another suggested it was a fair challenge. Overall, it’s the sort of decision you’re never likely to have go your way away from home in the final moments of a match.
Everton will look to build upon their victory over Arsenal when they face arch-rivals Liverpool next Monday, whilst the Gunners face a similarly tough challenge when they travel to tackle Manchester City on Sunday.