Two Arsenal players were named in the BBC Team of the Week following their weekend win over Everton.
Arsenal overcame Everton at Goodison Park for the first time since Arsene Wenger’s departure on Sunday, grinding out a 1-0 win thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Leandro Trossard.
The performance wasn’t necessarily the most entertaining display you’ll ever see, but the number-one priority was ending the run of poor results at Goodison and leaving with three points. From that point of view, the goal was achieved.
Putting together the BBC’s Team of the Week after the game, the Garth Crooks included a couple of Arsenal players – William Saliba and Leandro Trossard.
Saliba was part of an Arsenal back four keeping yet another clean sheet away from home, which is becoming something of a habit.
Crooks wrote: “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an Arsenal centre-back look so comfortable under pressure. Saliba is also clever enough to know when to pull out of tackles he can’t [possibly] win cleanly in the penalty area.”
The BBC pundit specifically highlighted one incident during the first half, where Saliba ran Beto out of play “with such ease that it was like taking candy from a baby”.
As for the match-winner Trossard, Crooks said: “There can’t be many teams with the ability to lose a top-class player through injury and replace him with another.
“The Belgium international made an immediate impact and slotted in past Jordan Pickford as part of the most exquisite move I’ve seen from Arsenal for some time.
“Trossard is very unlucky not to be in the Gunners’ starting line-up, as the selection process for Mikel Arteta is starting to get a little problematic.”
Trossard very well might be in the starting lineup in midweek, with Gabriel Martinelli’s injury withdrawal making him a doubt for the match against PSV.
After his goal at the weekend, you could argue he’s earned that chance.