Arsenal grabbed what could well be a huge win over Everton despite having to battle both the Toffees and the officials, once again.
Arsenal claimed a 3-2 win against Everton at the Emirates on Sunday in what was a tough match at the end of a long week.
A first Emirates goal from Eddie Nketiah and a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured the win, but the game was not without incident.
Playing their third game in a week against a side that had been resting for 15 days, it’s no wonder Arsenal tired as the game wore on. But as Everton brushed the post with only a few minutes remaining on the clock, it felt as if that could be the moment our season turned.
The win takes Arsenal to a single digit league position and within four points of a Champions League spot as things stand with City’s ban in place.
The game, however, should not have been so close on the scoresheet as neither of Everton’s goals should have stood.
For their first, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s boot struck the back of David Luiz’s head. Luiz is 6ft 2 and was off the ground at the time.
Not dangerous play? Seriously?
For their second, many are blaming Leno but if you watch the goal closely you can see his head turn when he notices the Everton player’s studs heading straight towards his face.
That caused him to turn his head slightly, losing track of the ball and allowing it to squirm under him. Again, by the rules of the game, that’s dangerous play.
Why Leno loses track of the ball pic.twitter.com/QIFNIN7hzL
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) February 23, 2020
We can talk all you like about poor Arsenal defending, but it is possible for Arsenal to be bad at the back and Everton’s goals to be illegal.
Anyway, we grabbed the points to take us a few further from relegation and towards the Champions League.
Whether or not we deserve to be playing in that competition is another discussion altogether…