Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Wolves continue Maitland-Niles pursuit

Wolves had an initial £15m bid for the player rejected by the Gunners earlier this week but are said to be in continual talks with those at the Emirates Stadium over a revised offer.

With current Wanderers wing-back Matt Doherty looking nailed on to join the Gunners’ North London rivals in Spurs, Wolves’ desire to complete the Maitland-Niles switch has increased.

Doherty’s imminent departure coupled with regular operator Jonny Otto’s absence with injury has left Wolves looking decidedly light in the wing-back role.

Add to this the deafening silence in terms of a new contract for boss Nuno Espirito Santo, some supporters are beginning to fret.

However, Wolves’ primary concern appears to be getting the deal for Maitland-Niles over the line, with the versatile 23-year-old capable of playing in midfield or out wide.

Despite Maitland-Niles’ impressive breakthrough as an Arsenal first-teamer, it is arguable that even if he does pitch up at Molineux, Wolves will massively miss the contributions of Doherty.

The Irishman has been directly involved in 30 goals from defence in all competitions over the past two seasons, with only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold – one of the world’s best – contributing more.