Everton 2-5 Arsenal: full-time summary
A dominant Arsenal ensured manager Arsène Wenger enjoyed a happy 68th birthday on Sunday afternoon, comprehensively seeing off ten-man Everton at Goodison Park to get back to winning ways in the Premier League - and pile the pressure on Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.
Rooney rolls back years to put Everton in front, Monreal levels
Almost 15 years to the day since his wonder goal against the Gunners saw him announce himself to the football world, Wayne Rooney fired the hosts into a 12th-minute lead with a sweet, curling shot from the edge of the box.
However, Arsenal had the better of the play throughout, and deservedly equalised shortly before half time when Nacho Monreal reactest quickest to Jordan Pickford's parry to net from close range.
Özil, Lacazette, Ramsey and Alexis all score as Arsenal hit five
Back in the XI after sitting out Arsenal's defeat at Watford last weekend, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Aaron Ramsey were instrumental as the visitors then proceeded to put daylight between themselves and the hosts after the break.
Özil headed in Sánchez's 53rd-minute cross to put Wenger's men in front, before providing the cross for Alexandre Lacazette to fire the North Londoners 3-1 ahead with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Minutes before Arsenal's third, Everton's Idrissa Gueye had seen red after receiving a second booking for a clumsy foul on Granit Xhaka.
Ramsey and Sánchez added a fourth and fifth late on with clinical, low finishes, either side of a comical consolation for Oumar Niasse, who tapped into an empty net after a mix-up between Monreal and Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.
Everton end weekend in drop zone
Arsenal move up to fifth, level on points with fourth-placed champions Chelsea, while the heavy defeat sees Everton slip into the relegation zone on goal difference, cranking up the heat further on the under-fire Koeman.
Everton 2-5 Arsenal: as it happened
Peeep! That's it! A chorus of boos at Goodison. Arsenal have totally outclassed Everton, and move back up to fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea. Meanwhile, the margin of their defeat today means that the Toffees slip into the bottom three on goal difference. Ronald Koeman has serious problems.
95' Ramsey touches the ball down to Alexis on the edge of the box, and the Chilean darts across and around a host of Everton defenders before, from the right-hand side of the area, planting a superb angled effort back past Pickford and into the keeper's far corner.
95' Alexis! He's deserved that goal.
93' In seemingly comfortable possession at the back, Monreal plays a careless ball back to Cech, which is woefully underhit. Cech does appear to still have time to get there, though, but is very slow off the mark and allows Niasse to nip in before him and pass the ball into an empty net.
93' Niasse pulls one back! What a horror show for Cech and Monreal!
90' Five minutes of time added on. Mr Pawson could do Everton a favour and put them out of their misery now. The Goodison stands are emptying rapidly.
90' Standing just outside the box, Wilshere receives the ball and has all the time in the world to turn, get his head up and feed Ramsey, who takes the ball on into the box, shapes to shoot across Pickford and, with the keeper buying the dummy hook, line and sinker, then places it into the unguarded near post.
90' Ramsey! 4-1 to Arsenal!
89' Alexis crosses from the right byline to Kolasinac. The former Schalke man has a free header, but gets his timing all wrong and nods well off target.
87' Arsenal have been terrific. What now for Koeman?
85' Koscielny is booked for a foul on Niasse.
84' Now Xhaka thumps one off the bar! Thirty or so yards out, the midfielder gets the ball out of his feet and well and truly pings it towards goal. Pickford is beaten...but the woodwork isn't! Moments later, Wilshere tries to pick out Ramsey - who has a tap-in if it reaches him - but the Englishman's ball across the face of goal is blocked.
83' So close from Alexis! Bellerín receives wide on the right and is in acres of space to look up, pick his man and cross to the near post, where Sánchez's header is just wide of the upright.
81' A second substitution for Arsenal, Özil coming off and being replaced by Francis Coquelin. Özil has been absolutely braw today.
79' Alexis cuts into the box and looks to shoot, it's partially deflected into the direction of Özil on the penalty spot, but the German has the ball taken off his toes. It would be little surprise to see Arsenal get another.
75' Everton make a second sub, throwing on Ademola Lookman for Rooney, before also bringing on Oumar Niasse for Calvert-Lewin. After another Sigurdsson chance to swing in a free-kick comes to nothing, Arsenal then make their first change of the afternoon, Lacazette coming off for Jack Wilshere, who gets a hearty cheer from the away fans.
73' Vlasic gives the ball straight to Bellerín with a very sloppy ball, and the Spaniard motors forward before feeding to Alex, who in turn plays it first-time to Özil on the right-hand edge of the box. The German looks up, pops it easy as you like onto the right boot of Lacazette, who fires past Pickford.
73' 3-1 to Arsenal! Good night Vienna.
70' Arsenal should comfortably see this one out; but, then again, this is Arsenal we're talking about.
68' Despite already being on a booking, Gueye goes in clumsily and very late on Xhaka, and Craig Pawson has no option but to take out a second yellow! Outplayed and behind, Everton must now contend with being a man down.
68' And moments later, Gueye is sent off!
67' Vlasic tries to turn Xhaka on the edge of the box, but the midfielder puts in a fine challenge to take the ball cleanly and come striding away with it. Superb stuff from the Swiss.
65' Baines crosses from the left, but it's too long. Everton recycle and Vlasic centres from the right, but it's also too long.
62' The ball is fed to meet the forward run of the ever-menacing Ramsey in the right-hand channel, where Davies does well to track back and force the ball out for a corner. From the resulting delivery, Alexis has a couple of almost-chances, but the one shot that he does manage to get away is blocked.
61' He'll be fine to go on though, it appears. Back underway.
59' Calvert-Lewin is down and in some pain after coming off worst in a challenge with Monreal. He's bleeding out of his nose, and needs some prolonged attention.
55' Ufff! Ramsey could - and probably should - have made it 3-1! Koscielny bursts forward and fires a cross to the Welshman from the right, but despite being in acres of space in the box his first-time effort is over!
53' Lacazette brings the ball forward before moving it on to Alexis. The Chilean looks up and crosses to the near post, where Özil heads past Pickford! 2-1 to the North Londoners!
53' Özil heads the visitors in front!
52' Now Vlasic gets on the ball and cuts inside into the Arsenal box, but is run off the ball. The Gunners charge up the other end, and....
50' Calvert-Lewin produces a fine bit of skill to beat Kolasinac and stride towards the byline, but Arsenal deal with his cross. "I would take this result right now," says an Everton supporter in the AS newsroom. I suspect he's not alone, the Toffees' encouraging second-half start notwithstanding.
49' That Everton substitution sees the Toffees switch to a back four, by the way.
48' Everton have the first moment of danger in attack, the recently-introduced Davies begin fouled by Lacazette and giving Sigurdsson another opportunity to swing it in from the right. Michael Keane gets his head to it, but can only turn it high and wide.
46' Everton have made a half-time change, with midfielder Tom Davies coming on for defender Ashley Williams, who was rather beginning to flirt with a second booking.
Peeep! The second half is up and running on Merseyside.
Peeeep! That's half time at Goodison, where the sides go in all square despite a dominant Arsenal display. Everton are level thanks to the saves of Jordan Pickford between the posts - and a fine curling strike from Wayne Rooney that brought back visions of a certain career-kickstarting wonder goal in the same fixture almost exactly 15 years ago. Nacho Monreal's 40th-minute equaliser for the Gunners was thoroughly deserved, and Arsène Wenger's men will feel hard done by not to be ahead.
47' Everton are given a last chance to create something before the break, Sigurdsson standing over the free-kick on the right. His delivery is better this time, but it's out for a goal-kick despite Koscielny appearing to get his head on the ball rather than Calvert-Lewin. The striker ain't happy not to have been given a corner.
45' Two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
45' Xhaka tries his luck from range, but it's an absolute dribbler from the Swiss international and Pickford gratefully watches it trundle wide.
44' Alexis is denied by Pickford! Kolasinac fires the ball low into the box, where Özil touches a cute little ball to Alexis to leave him face-to-face with the Everton goalkeeper, who keeps the Chilean out! Lovely play again from the visitors, who really should be ahead.
43' Alexis and Özil have been fabulous.
42' Bellerín immediately has a half chance to put the guests ahead after Alexis slips the ball into his run into the box - but the Spaniard can only skew his effort wide of the near post.
40' Xhaka shoots low through a crowd of bodies, and Pickford - who was most likely somewhat unsighted - can only parry the ball back out into the danger area, where Monreal reacts quickest to turn it into the net and silence the home crowd. All square at Goodison.
40' Goal! Monreal equalises for Arsenal! It's no more than they deserve.
37' Arsenal combine neatly once more, but Alexis's looped attempt to locate Ramsey's run into the box straight down Pickford's gullet. Ramsey's irritation gets the better of him, the Welshman turning to his team-magte and pointing at the ground in a gesture whose meaning takes little interpretation.
35' Lacazette spins out to the left, looks up - and crosses too long, prompting cheers of "waheeey" from the home fans. Ten minutes to go in the first half, and Arsenal can feel pretty hard done by to be behind.
33' Now Gueye goes into the book for a tug on Alexis, and Özil has the opportunity to deliver the ball into the box. Everton clear, though.
30' Williams - who's already received one yellow card - goes in late on Lacazette, prompting Alexis to politely enquire of Craig Pawson whether he'd mind awfully giving the defender a second. Williams gets away with a warning from the referee, and the free-kick eventually sees Bellerín sting Pickford's palms from 25 yards or so.
29' Alexis runs at the Everton backline, plays a neat one-two with Özil and feeds Bellerín on the right, but the Spaniard can't find Lacazette with his low cross.
26' Rooney whips in a left-footed cross from the right flank, but Calvert-Lewin's attempt to flick the ball on towards the far corner is too weak.
24' Vlasic drives at the Arsenal defence and crosses to the back post from the left-hand channel, but Calvert-Lewing can't get on the end of it. The Toffees then win a free-kick for Gylfi Sigurdsson to swing into the area, but the Icelander's delivery is poor. Everton's goal came against the run of play, but they're now enjoying their best few minutes of the game so far.
21' Everton come forward for the first time since taking the lead, Rooney wriggling into crossing space on the right and finding the head of left-back Leighton Baines, whose effort is blocked by Bellerín at the back post. Baines is then immediately presented with an opportunity to ping the ball back into the box, but a black Arsenal shirt is there to clear.
18' Özil once again plays a delicious first-time ball to set a team-mate running at the Everton goal, Lacazette steaming into the Toffees' box before unleashing a shot on the angle - pnly to see it deflected just wide. Özil has been majestic thus far.
16' Ashley Williams gives away a free-kick to Arsenal in shooting territory, in the process earning himself the first yellow of the afternoon. Alexis stands over it, shoot... and Pickford fumbles, but is quick to dive down at Ramsey's feet to prevent the midfielder from burying the rebound.
13' Crikey, Cech gets himself in a right old mess and almost has the ball taken off his toes by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Thankfully for the Czech, the ball spins away from danger.
11' Arsenal have had all the attacking play so far, but it's the hosts who take the lead with their first moment of any real substance. Per Mertesacker plays it out from the back to Granit Xhaka, who dwells on it and is robbed by Idrissa Gueye. He gives it to Wayne Rooney, who has time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the box - and he makes no mistake, curling a lovely finish into the corner!
11' Goal to Everton! Remember the naaaaaaaaaame!
9' Arsenal go close again! Özil feeds Héctor Bellerín, who slips a pass into the box to meet the run of Ramsey. He turns the ball across goal first-time, where Lacazette swivels superbly on the edge of the six-yard box - but can't beat Pickford with his shot! The away side should be 2-0 up.
7' Alexis and Özil combine once more, this time to set Andre Lacazette scuttling into the box, but the Frenchman is driven too wide to seriously trouble Pickford with his shot. The Gunners have started much the better of the two sides in attack, though.
5' Alexis looks to be in the mood today, bustling his way to the byline and winning his side's second corner off Pickford. Everton clear, but that's twice already - particularly in the case of that chance for Ramsey - that their backline has been penetrated.
3' It should be 1-0 to Arsenal! Alexis Sánchez feeds Mesut Özil. whose deft first-time pass releases Aaron Ramsey running into the box. The Welshman tries to steer the ball into Jordan Pickford's far corner, but the young Englishman turns it around the post!
1' Koeman has had a shave.
Peeeeep! We're underway at Goodison Park.
Despite Everton tweeting their team in a 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation, it appears that the hosts could actually line up in something more like a 3-43, with Rooney slotting into midfield. We'll find out.
Out come the teams!
Today is defender Jonjoe Kenny's first Premier League start for Everton, by the way.
Rooney starts against Arsenal just over 15 years to the day since he announced himself on the footballing stage with THAT goal against the Gunners. "Remember the naaaaame" screeched Clive Tyldesley. And that we did.
Here's the Arsenal bench: Macey, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi and Coquelin.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger makes 10 (ten) changes from the midweek trip to Serbia, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the only man who keeps his place.
Last Saturday's defeat at Vicarage Road, sealed by a very dodgy penalty for the hosts - described by manager Arsène Wenger as "scandalous" - and an injury-time winner from Tom Cleverley, ended Arsenal's run of 10 points from 12 following that late-August 4-0 walloping at Anfield. Yesterday's results mean Gunners come into today's game in 7th, with the opportunity to move back level on points with champions Chelsea:
Visitors Arsenal, meanwhile, bounced back from last weekend's dramatic defeat to Watford by with a cojones-heavy Europa League win away to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday, courtesy of another in Olivier Giroud's growing scrapbook of over-the-head worldies.
When Everton welcomed Arsenal to Goodison Park last season, Ronald Koeman's men were on a dismal run of just one league win in 10, but a 2-1 victory over the North Londerners was followed by a sequence of just the one defeat in 11 as the Dutchman's maiden season in charge of the Toffees ended in European qualification. Fast forward 10 months, and Koeman could do with another win over the Gunners to spark an upturn in fortunes, with his side languishing in 16th - level on points with Stoke in the final relegation spot - despite a major financial outlay in the summer.
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Everton vs Arsenal live online: match preview
To say that it’s currently no bed of roses at Goodison Park would be an understatement as Everton host fellow Europa League wayfarers Arsenal on Sunday. The pressure is mounting on Everton boss Ronald Koeman as his expensive, high-expectation side continues to disappoint, spluttering to underwhelming performances in Europe and domestically. The Toffees’ huffed and puffed to a laboured draw against Brighton last weekend and, unfortunately, their Europa League tie against Lyon was more fuel-to-flames stuff, rather than a corner turned, as they slumped to another defeat, planting them firmly at the bottom of Group E.
The dismal atmosphere of defeat was worsened further by a brawl, a life-time ban for one fan and a subsequent police investigation. The corresponding fixture last season marked a turning point in Everton’s fortunes and Koeman will be hoping and praying for a similar result to ease the pressure and lift Everton away from the dreaded bottom three.
Of course, Arsène Wenger is no stranger to unrest and agitation. But despite the perennial accusations of the Gunners’ soft underbelly and their manager's stubborn refusal to change his approach – in evidence last week as Wenger’s men were felled by the aggression of Watford and a controversial late penalty – Arsenal have only lost once in nine league and cup games. A fine Oliver Giroud strike in a 1-0 win away to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday will no doubt have lifted spirits for this encounter.
Against Lyon, Koeman seemed to be taking note of the opinions flying around from pundits and fans as he plumped for Davies in midfield and went with pace in attack, starting with Vlasic, Mirallas and Calvert-Lewin as his front three. Wayne Rooney, rested in mid-week, is set to make a return, possibly in the number 10 role, while Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leighton Baines, Idrissa Gueye and Phil Jagielka could all return to the side. Schneiderlin remains a doubt with a thigh injury.
As they currently sit just outside the European spots, Wenger will be keen to keep his side within touching distance of the leading pack and will welcome the possible return of Alexis Sanchez. Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, however, remain doubts and await the results of last-minute fitness tests. This fixture marks the Arsenal manager’s 400thaway fixture in the Premier League, although a draw or defeat here will see his team go five away games in the league without a win.
Everton vs Arsenal live online: selected betting odds
Arsenal are the camel coats' favourites for victory at Goodison, with Everton priced at a little over fours. A decent shout is both sides to score in the first half, which pays out at 4/1. In the scorer stakes, you can get 7/1 on probable Everton penalty taker Wayne Rooney to score first.