Friday, June 2, 2023

Everton Defeat EPL Leaders Arsenal In Goodison Park

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Arsenal fell to just a second Premier League defeat of the season as James Tarkowski’s header gave Everton the perfect start under new manager Sean Dyche in a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton’s first win in 11 games lifts the Toffees out of the relegation zone.

Arsenal remain five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table but may rue a huge chance to extend their advantage as they aim for a first league title since 2004.

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Everton came into the game on a run of four league defeats at Goodison for the first time since 1958.

That disastrous form cost Frank Lampard his job and Dyche’s appointment got the desired bounce in performance.

Everton’s board again stayed away due to rising tensions between the club’s hierarchy and supporters.

Protests were planned for before and after the game for fans to voice their anger at the running of the club.

The Toffees were the only Premier League club to not make any signings in the January transfer window despite their perilous position in the table.

But the home side showed there is still enough talent available to Dyche to dig themselves out of trouble if they can harness the same level of energy and intensity on a more regular basis.

Two of Dyche’s former Burnley players were included in his first starting line-up and they combined for the only goal of the game on the hour mark as Tarkwoski headed in Dwight McNeil’s corner.

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A first victory since October was no more than Everton deserved after they passed up a host of chances to go ahead before the break.

Keeping Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit will be critical to Everton’s survival hopes, but the England international showed his rustiness in front of goal in a second consecutive injury-impacted season.

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