Everton manager Marco Silva has said that the 2-0 scoreline in favour of Arsenal did not reflect the actual pattern of the match.
Despite the 2-0 scoreline suggesting that it was a comfortable afternoon for the Gunners, it couldn’t actually be further from the truth, with Arsenal’s creaky defence offering up chance after chance to Everton’s pacey front line of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin.
Time after time, Everton nicked in to steal the ball and found themselves through on goal, but were constantly thwarted by former Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, who kept his first clean sheet of the season.
Arsenal would grab their fifth win on the spin thanks to a fine strike from Alexandre Lacazette, and a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubayang which should have been ruled out for a blatant offside, and speaking after the game, Silva said that the Aubameyang’s goal was a decisive moment in the game:
“The result didn’t reflect the match,” Silva told Sky Sports. “During the match we had four or five chances to score. Our team came to play and press high, but their goalkeeper is the best player on the pitch, and I think it reflects our performance.
“The result is disappointing for us. They had one chance and scored, and we created a lot of chances but didn’t score.
“It is a clear offside for their second goal and it is a decision at an important stage, because at 1-0, we would have kept creating problems for them. I understand the job is difficult.”