Gabon's Aubameyang strikes twice as Arsenal win Europa League tie (4-2)

Sergio Cunningham
September 23, 2018

Despite a decent display, Everton remain without a league win since the second week of the season and have not won a Premier League encounter at Arsenal since Andrei Kanchelskis scored the victor at Highbury in January 1996.

They lost their opening two Premier League games to Chelsea FC and Manchester City before bouncing back with three straight wins in the top flight. The Gunners have some outstanding players and will be hoping to go far in this European competition.

But we all know about that, what lessons can Arsenal learn?

Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.

The Stamford Bridge side have won all five of their opening games in the league, with the club's offensive record nearly doubling from 1.53 to 2.63 goals scored per game and an already impressive defensive tally of just 0.94 goals conceded on average last season, dropping down to 0.75.

Aubameyang scuffed the ball back to Nacho Monreal and the Arsenal defender saw his strike pushed away by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

"Everton are a good team but in the second half we stopped their counter attacks better".

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They played 64 percent (65 of 101) of the players they listed as " questionable " on the final injury report before a game. But Gronk had a much more quiet showing in a loss to the Jaguars, managing only two catches for 15 yards.

In an open encounter it was Everton who were next to threaten, Cech pushing away a Richarlison strike after the Brazil global had easily held off the challenge of Bellerin.

And Cech was there again in the 38th minute as Walcott was released behind the Gunners' back line and sprinted in on goal but the Czech stopper darted off his line to save with his leg as the former Arsenal winger tried to lift the ball over him.

Everton will head to Arsenal looking to take some points from the game, and Emery has warned his players that they can ill afford to underestimate the threat posed by the visitors.

But the Spaniard doesn't believe that should be used as an excuse for Arsenal's fragile defending.

But, having escaped without punishment for their tepid first half, Arsenal seized the lead in the 56th minute.

Midfield pitbull Lucas Torreira made his first league start, but his manager was anxious the Uruguayan would get sent off late on.

Arsenal were able to overcome Everton thanks to another blistering second-half period. Meanwhile, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are the big names returning to the starting lineup, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has missed out completely from the matchday squad.

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