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Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Match ratings – midfield was the difference


Everton player ratings after their 1-0 victory over table-toppers, Arsenal with the toffees midfield proving the difference between the two sides in Sean Dyche’s first Goodison Park outing. 

Sean Dyche’s side put in a stellar performance in yesterday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park, helping him to a first 3 points in his first game as Everton manager. Although most of the Everton players put in a very solid performance, the 3 in midfield really proved the difference.

Here are our match ratings: Everton 1-0 Arsenal (04/02/2023)

Jordan Pickford: 7/10

A clean sheet is really all that can be asked for for any goalkeeper, with Jordan Pickford providing exactly that. The England international was not forced into action at many points during the fixture, with the only real point of interest being a decent effort from Trossard in the second half. 

Seamus Coleman: 7.5/10

The Everton skipper put in a very strong defensive performance in his side’s victory. He dealt with the runs of Gabriel Martinelli down the right side of the blues’ defense very effecively, which eventually led to the Brazilian being subbed off by Mikel Arteta after just an hour.

Conor Coady: 6.5/10

As with Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady was not called into action for large amounts of the game yesterday, but when he was he dealt with threats decently. He was caught in posession a few times, but overall put in a decent display, including a goal line clearance from a Bukayo Saka effort. 

James Tarkowski: 8/10

The Englishman had a very solid game defensively for Everton, highlighted by his side’s first clean sheet in the league since October. However, his aereal threat in Arsenal’s penalty area was his main talking point yesterday. His winning goal also ultimately earned Everton the 3 points.

Vitali Mykolenko: 7.5/10

Bukayo Saka has been one of the best wingers in the Premier League this season. But Mykolenko managed to deal with the 21-year-old’s threat with ease for most of the game. He was caught in posession at some points in the game, but never looked out of his depth despite some poor performances recently. 

Dwight McNeil: 8/10

McNeil took a few minutes to settle into the fixture, with a couple of his crosses avading Everton players early on. However, he did grow into the game late on and became one of Sean Dyche’s sides biggest threats, especially from set peices. 

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 8.5/10

The Malian fell out of favour under Frank Lampard, with many of his recent performances falling way under par. However, his performance against Arsenal was similar to that of his performances when he first joined the club. Alongside Onana and Gueye, he truly controlled the midfield for Everton.

Idrissa Gana-Gueye: 7.5/10

Although Gana perhaps did not stand out as much as Doucoure and Onana, he was also integral to his side today, recovering th ball 10 times across the 90 minutes.

Amadou Onana: 9/10

As with all of Everton’s recent fixtures, Onana was the best player on the pitch by a long way. The 21-year-old deserved an assist for his persistant attacking intent and speed going forward and fully deserved the Man of the Match award.

Alex Iwobi: 7/10

The right-wing position has become somewhat unnatural for Alex Iwobi in an Everton shirt of late. However, after having a couple of minutes to settle into the game, he played a vital role in Everton’s victory, causing Zinchenko a host of problems down the Arsenal left.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 8.5/10

Despite not finding the back of the net since October against Crystal Palace, Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked back to his usual self. Saliba and Gabriel have formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defense this season. However, DCL caused the pair a lot of problems, winning 6 out of his 8 aearal duals and coming ever so close to giving his side the lead in the first half.

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