Thursday, May 6, 2021

Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Bernd Leno’s mistake costs Gunners the match


Arsenal’s poor luck continued as they suffered a 1-0 loss against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in the Premier League. This is the seventh home defeat of the season for Arsenal and has matched the record for most home losses since the 1992-93 season.

Moreover, this is the first time Everton have managed to defeat Arsenal at the Emirates. The last defeat to Everton at home came in 1996 when they lost 2-1. This marks the end of a 24 game run for Arsenal against Everton.

Gunners have failed to score in eight Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium this season. That’s twice as many as in the previous four campaigns combined. However, Everton’s away record is pretty impressive. Only Manchester City (12) have won more away games than Everton (10) in the Premier League this season.

The first half remained pretty equally balanced with both sides coming close to scoring. Bukayo Saka had the first shot on goal for Arsenal as the cross from Chambers wasn’t well connected and fell at his feet. Saka quickly on the ball fired a shot with his left foot but Pickford gathered quite easily.

Arsenal loss against Everton at home

Richarlison then had a pretty good opportunity saved by Bernd Leno. Midfielder Allan slid a lovely ball to Richarlison who did a crossover on to his left foot and then cut back in and tried to curl it. However, Bernd Leno was ready and palmed it away.

The best chance between the two sides definitely came at the end when Gylfi Sigurdson hit the post with his free-kick. The Icelandic international did well to get the ball up and then down the wall before it clipped the top left corner.

Richarlison makes the difference in the second half against Arsenal:

Arsenal awarded a huge boost at the start of the second half as the referee point’s to the penalty spot. Richarlison had clipped Dani Ceballos’s shin and the referee decides to award the penalty. However just as Arsenal fans started to rejoice, VAR had different plans.

After consultation with the video assistant referee, the penalty was ruled out due to an offside player in the build-up. Nicolas Pepe was adjudged offside by a matter of a few centimeters. But that’s just the way it is.

Callum Chambers tried to hit a first-time volley from Bukayo Saka’s corner which went wide. From just 12 yards the defender should’ve done better. Brazilian winger Richarlison finally broke the deadlock with the help of Bernd Leno. Richarlison quickly broke away on the right past Rob Holding.

He fired a low shot across the face of the goal which seemed like a regulation save. But Leno misjudged it and the ball slid in. A lucky, lucky goal for the visitors. Manager Mikel Arteta in his post-match conference said that they didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

There are certain things we cannot control. We can control the performance, I think we were the better team on the pitch. But there are certain decisions we cannot control and last week it was exactly the same thing. To disallow a goal 15 seconds before, eight or nine touches, I saw it ten times, I cannot see it. but you can draw the line however you want, how thick you want, I don’t get it.

The lottery can be taken away, but they won’t. Zero control. There is an offside that is two metres offside that goes to a corner and they score from it. Somebody has to explain that. It’s an own goal, we know we have to do better. We were the better team and did not deserve to lose the game. 


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