The general feeling amongst all soccer loving people is that Rafa Benitez is on his last legs as Everton coach. A winless run of no wins in 8 matches, have fans turn on the owners and their coach. They face an Arsenal team who besides last week’s defeat at Old Trafford, have been in decent form after a stuttering start to the season. Benitez is known as a very cautious coach. He tends to not mind winning by the odd goal so as long they do not concede a lot. That hasn’t worked out as Everton have shipped in goals like the titanic taking in water. He went told school premier league with a 4-4-2 hoping for Mina and Keane to shut out the more than capable Arsenal attack which included Saka, Odegaard and Lacazette. No Aubameyang whose form has been patchy this season as Arteta went for more strength attacking narrow in a 4-2-3-1.

It was imperative that the Toffees get to half time without conceding as in a lot of previous games they haven’t , leading to defeat in the end. It didn’t happen. They didn’t deserve it though as they were positive in the first half. Odegaard , one of the league’s best in arriving in the box late in the attack getting another goal to add to the one at United. Everton’s most consistent performers have been Doucoure and Gray. Doucoure has the combination of speed and power , a joy to watch when he does a Vieira like run from midfield. He set up Richarlison for the equalizer that was chopped off for offside. The second such decision against the Brazilian. Gray had a hand in the equalizer by Richarlison and the winner in injury time. He has been impressive since arriving from Germany with his wing play. His shooting is better than most premier league wingers for sure. He is effective coming from the left wing even though he is right footed. The Arsenal defender culpable here for the second Everton goal showing Demaray to his stronger right foot. Relief for Benitez as he buys himself more time with this victory. Got a sneaky feeling midtable isn’t what the owners envisaged for Everton for this part of the season.

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