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Everton beat Arsenal 1-0

Everton beat Arsenal 1-0

Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday (Apr 7) as the Gunners missed out on a chance to move back ahead of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and into third in the Premier League table.

Arsenal suffered a potentially crucial blow in the race for the top four as they were beaten 1-0 at Everton on Sunday. Phil Jagielka was a late addition to the starting XI after Michael Keane was taken ill just before kick-off and proved to be the match winner when he tapped home inside 10 minutes.

Arsenal improved briefly in the second half with Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan going close, but they were unable to take anything from the first of six remaining away games this season.

The Gunners stay fourth, but missed the chance to leapfrog their rivals Tottenham into third place, and remain on 63 points with Chelsea, who play West Ham United on Monday. 

Everton moved up one place to ninth with victory.

Everton had won their previous two Premier League games and their confidence showed when they took an early lead. Jagielka made the initial flick on from a long throw, allowing Dominic Calvert-Lewin to nod the ball goalwards. Sead Kolasinac blocked the effort but could not stop the ball falling kindly for Jagielka, who tapped home his first league goal in two years.

Much of the first half was littered with fouls and free kicks, and there was a costly booking from Arsenal in the 25th minute, with Sokratis Papastathopoulous shown his tenth yellow card of the season for a block on Calvert-Lewin, and he will now miss the next two Premier League games against Watford and Crystal Palace.

While chances were at a premium, Everton did push for a second as the half came to a close. Gylfi Sigurdsson tried his luck from range, but did not have enough to beat Bernd Leno, before Richarlison's attempted cross was strongly put behind by Sokratis.

Unai Emery made a double change at half-time with Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming on for Mohamed Elneny and Kolasinac, and the Welshman made an instant impact. Jordan Pickford punched away an initial header from Ramsey, but he could only loop his rebounded volley over the crossbar.

Mkhitaryan had a quiet game but was inches away from getting Arsenal level with 20 minutes to play, sending the ball just past the post, before Everton twice went close. Sigurdsson could only direct a powerful, low strike into the hands of Leno before Richarlison sliced wide on a tight angle.

The intensity of the game reached boiling point in the 82nd minute as Shokdran Mustafi caught Calvert-Lewin with a foot, sending the England U21 striker rolling to the floor. It happened right by the technical areas which led to a confrontation between the two dugouts and a launched coat from Mesut Ozil on the bench.

But Calvert-Lewin was soon back on his feet and Mustafi into the book a Everton saw the game out for their third successive Premier League win.