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Unsung hero: Immense Bernard helps Everton dispatch shocking Arsenal

Unsung hero: Immense Bernard helps Everton dispatch shocking Arsenal

Arsenal lucky not to be embarrassed by immense but wasteful Everton side.

Everton have experienced a spike of form in recent weeks and their confidence showed when they beat visitors Arsenal on Sunday via an unlikely sauce.

Phil Jagielka is not often associated with goals, nor much else for that matter in his old age, but he made his rare appearance count with an opening goal, latching onto Calvert-Lewin’s blocked effort to tap home for the first time in two years.

Chances were few and far between in a half marked by fouls and physical play. Though Everton did come the closest in that time, Gylfi Sigurdsson testing from range, before Richarlison saw his dangerous cross denied by Sokratis.

Unai Emery showed a little more attacking impetus at half-time bringing on Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, and the outbound Juventus star to be very nearly made an instant impact. Jordan Pickford’s half-hearted punch found the feet of Ramsey, but he could only latch his rebounded volley over the crossbar.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort, which creeped just wide of the post, was Arsenal’s last meaningful contribution before Everton really turned the screw. Sigurdsson was unfortunate to see how low driven effort find the hands of a well-positioned Bernd Leno before Richarlison erratically sliced wide from a tight angle.

Everton continued to pressure, and though there were few clear-cut chances in the remaining minutes of the game, they looked the most likely to sneak a goal. Dominant performance missing a clinical edge – not that it mattered in the end.

Man of the Match was awarded to the busy Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but overall it could’ve gone to just about anyone. Everton were that good. Seamus Coleman was immense on the right-hand side running Nacho Monreal ragged, while Kurt Zouma was equally as good next to him, reducing the likes of Alexander Lacazette and Aubameyang to scraps. However, Bernard gets the nod from us on this occasion. The Brazilian has hit a purple patch in recent weeks, revealing the talent that had for so many years been the subject of interest from Premier League sides.

If there’s one thing that Everton fans love, it’s commitment and desire, and the Brazilian showed plenty of both on Sunday. Constantly buzzing around in attack and defence, there was never a moments peace for the Arsenal players. He was extremely close to finding himself on the scoresheet in the second half, and probably should have done better when missing a one-on-one with Leno, but we’re sure he can be forgiven on this occasion.

Everton fans, has this recent run of form saved Marco Silva? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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