Everton’s Sean Dyche era got off to a perfect start as they beat Premier League leaders Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Everton started joint last and beat the leaders to secure their first Premier League victory since October. The leap for a new manager is huge.
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Dyche’s side were brilliant after taking charge earlier in the week, with James Tarkowski heading in from a Dwight McNeil cross and the former Burnley duo working together to Let the former Burnley boss succeed in the position of Everton boss.
Arsenal were sluggish throughout, with Mikel Arteta’s side unable to match the energy and pace of Everton’s game.
The win took Everton’s tally to 18 for the season and the defeat was only Arsenal’s second of the season as they remain five points clear of the table.
Everton do everything they can to bully Arsenal
Everton seemed well organized from the first whistle, with a clear plan and their players believed in what they were doing. Dyche’s new manager has made an incredible leap, but it’s not just one leap. That’s because he’s a really good manager and he’s been doing really well at Burnley. Calvert-Lewin is the focal point, McNeil and Iwobi provide energy and mass from the outside. Doucoure, Onana and Gueye will play well in midfield, while a solid back four never loses position. That’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from a Dyche team, and when Everton change their shirt colors to burgundy, it’s like watching their best Burnley side. Arsenal were bullied throughout, couldn’t find their rhythm, and didn’t respond to the energy Everton showed. Can Dyche stay focused and organized week in and week out? It’s clear that the Toffees’ players are dragging themselves out of the relegation battle and now it’s clear they have a manager who can take them to the top of the table.
Dwight McNeil: Excellent crossing performance, worked hard on the defensive end and did his best to assist Calvert-Lewin.
James Tarkowski: Scored a goal, defended resolutely and produced a big moment for his former Burnley boss.
Arsenal host Brentford on Saturday 11 February, while Everton host Liverpool in a huge Merseyside derby on Monday 13 February.
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FULL TIME: EVERTON 1-0 ARSENAL – Incredible result and performance from Everton. Sean Dyche applauds the home fans and Goodison rages. A surprise victory that left the title race and relegation battle hanging in the balance.
Zinchenko shoots over the bar from the edge of the box. Saka took a good corner but the shot was hard to save.
Saka deflects the shot. Time is running out for Arsenal.
Pickford stopped. Arsenal are fighting for an equaliser.
Target! James Tarkowski gave Everton the lead. Wow. 1-0 Toffees. Can Arsenal respond?
The second half has begun! Arsenal are fighting for a start.
offline! Bukayo Saka found a high cross at the back post and he did an excellent pass into the corner but Conor Coady headed back to the line to clear. Great game from all involved.
closure! Another huge chance came as Dwight McNeill slammed in a cross and Doucoure headed wide when he should have done better. Sean Dyche applauds from the sidelines. Goodison roared.
Chance! An unbelievable play by Amadou Onana charged down the left wing and he crossed to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who slid in and out two yards. He didn’t get enough of the ball and Everton got huge chances.
Eddie Nketiah comes on and misses the target and that sums up Arsenal’s results so far. They have been unable to get behind Everton and the Gunners seem to be in a bit of a hurry.
Everton have been outstanding so far. They are solid defensively but have goals when going forward. Home fans love the start of the Sean Dyche era.
closure! Bukayo Saka went down after a punch to the face, long delays, Everton had plenty of corners, Arsenal dug deep and headed past the back post .
closure! Positive move by Everton, with Dwight McNeill sprinting towards goal, his small effort stifled by Aaron Ramsdale, while Calvert-Lewin lurks. DLC is just sidelined, but that’s fine for the console.
The hosts started well, looking very organized with their 4-5-1 formation and taking on Dominic Calvert-Lewin as much as possible.
Kick-off: The event kicks off at Goodison Park! Home fans support their team and new head coach Sean Dyche. Is he the right man for the job? Can he match Everton? Our analysts are discussing and are very bullish on Dyche’s appointment to Goodison.
Key storylines & star players
Is this what Dwight McNeil has been waiting for after stop-start usage from Frank Lampard? He’s one of the key pieces to monitor when team news arrives Saturday. Everton hasn’t played since Jan. 21, when it rolled out a 5-4-1 in a 2-0 loss to West Ham. Dyche hasn’t used five at the back since 2019, but this Arsenal team, man…
Arsenal enters having navigated the absence of Gabriel Jesus pretty darn nicely, thank you very much. Will Eddie Nketiah keep feasting off the playmaking of Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka?
Let’s just say Everton’s new manager bounce is going to have to include Flubber.
Everton team news, injuries, lineup
OUT: Michael Keane (knee), Nathan Patterson (knee), Andros Townsend (knee), James Garner (back)
Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup
OUT: Gabriel Jesus (knee), Reiss Nelson (thigh), Mohamed Elneny (knock), Emile Smith Rowe (thigh)
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From the very first whistle Everton looked well organized, had a clear plan and their players believed in what they are doing. The new manager bounce from Dyche was incredible but it isn’t just a bounce. It’s because he’s a very good manager who did a phenomenal job at Burnley. Calvert-Lewin was the focal point and McNeil and Iwobi delivered energy and quality from out wide. Doucoure, Onana and Gueye will excellent in midfield and the solid back four never looked out of position. This was exactly what we would expect from a Dyche side and if Everton changed their kit colors to claret it was like watching his peak Burnley teams. Arsenal were bullied throughout, couldn’t find their rhythm and had no answer for the energy Everton showed. Now, can Dyche get that effort and organization week in, week out? It is clear the Toffees have the players to drag themselves away from a relegation scrap and it is now clear they have a manager who is able to lead them up the table. Dyche to Everton felt like a perfect fit about five years ago and now it has finally happened, it has started exactly how he would have hoped.