Everton ensured manager Carlo Ancelotti celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment with victory over Arsenal that moved them into second place in the Premier League to increase counterpart Mikel Arteta’s woes.
Ancelotti’s side have now beaten Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal in the space of seven days and while there were some anxious moments in the second half, this was a deserved win.
Everton took the lead after 22 minutes when Rob Holding deflected Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flick past Bernd Leno, but Arsenal were level 10 minutes before the break when Nicolas Pepe scored from the spot after Tom Davies fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The Gunners barely deserved to be level and Everton were ahead again on the stroke of half-time when Yerry Mina headed in at the near post from a corner.
Arsenal improved after the break, David Luiz seeing a shot deflected on to the post, but Everton also had opportunities and this loss leaves Arteta’s struggling side 15th as he has no cause to celebrate his own first anniversary in a few days’ time.
Ancelotti takes the acclaim
It was almost a year ago to the day since Ancelotti few into Merseyside from Italy to confirm his appointment at Everton before sitting and watching a thoroughly shocking goalless draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Arteta, the newly appointed manager of Arsenal, sat a few seats away to watch his own new team and supposedly usher in a new era of optimism.
Ancelotti can survey the Premier League table with greater satisfaction than Arteta after a superb week in what was earmarked as a crucial month and Everton’s manager took huge acclaim from supporters gathered in the Gwladys Street after the final whistle.
Everton had to dig deep here but they did and merited their win despite surviving some close shaves near the end.
Calvert-Lewin delivered another magnificent display but it was two of Ancelotti’s signings that really caught the eye, namely Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ben Godfrey.
Doucoure was outstanding but it was 22-year-old Godfrey, the England under-21 defender signed from Norwich City, who was arguably the game’s outstanding player.
Godfrey is playing in an unfamiliar left-back role but gave a superb performance, thunderous in the tackle and showing an astonishing turn of speed to lead a second half counter-attack.
Everton have now had an outstanding week with three wins after a sticky spell following their bright start.
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Match ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 1.
Second Half ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 1.
Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joseph Willock.
Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Tierney with a cross.
Substitution, Everton. Cenk Tosun replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Everton. Jonjoe Kenny replaces Richarlison.
Joseph Willock (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Joseph Willock (Arsenal).
Ben Godfrey (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joseph Willock.
Foul by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).
Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Joseph Willock (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.
Attempt missed. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.
Substitution, Everton. Séamus Coleman replaces Alex Iwobi.
Attempt missed. Mason Holgate (Everton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joseph Willock.
Attempt blocked. Alex Iwobi (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.