Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard bizarrely marks Everton’s James Tarkowski before the defender leaps high to score and hand Toffees as Sean Dyche figures out how to dent Gunners’ title hopes in first game in charge
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard bizarrely marked James Tarkowski, who scored the only goal in Saturday’s lunch-time game.
Everton picked up just their fourth win of the season as they climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone.
James Tarkowski, who was managed by new boss Sean Dyche at Burnley, headed in the only goal of the game on the hour mark to dent the Gunners’ title hopes.
The 30-year-old defender overpowered Odegaard at the back-post to guide the ball in the far-post on the hour mark.
It was just exactly what Dyche was hoping for on his first game in charge of the Toffees, who have now beat Arsenal at home in three consecutive seasons.
Everton picked up just their fourth win of the season thanks to James Tarkowski’s goal
The defender overpowered Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard to head the ball in after 60 minutes
The Toffees managed to keep Arsenal at bay, with the midfield trio of Idrissa Gana Gueye, Amadou Onana and Abdoulaye Doucoure proving to be too physical for the visitors.
Everton now sit 17th but could fight themselves back in the relegation if Wolves and Bournemouth win against Liverpool and Brighton, respectively.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s defeat was Mikel Arteta’s side first defeat since September, when they fell to a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United.
Manchester City will have the opportunity to close the gap at the top to two points when they travel to Tottenham on Sunday.
Arsenal will seek to return to winning ways when they host Brentford at the Emirates next Saturday.
Everton boss Sean Dyche will be delighted after picking up a win in his first game in charge