(EFE) — A big mistake by the German goalkeeper Bernd Leno gave Everton victory at the Emirates against Arsenal (0-1) that squandered part of the European hopes of Mikel Arteta’s team, who will visit Villarreal next Thursday in the semifinals of the Europa League.
Europe is further and further away from Arsenal, ninth in the table, nine points behind West Ham, fifth, which marks the continental competition zone. Quite the opposite of Ancelotti’s Everton, which broadens his perspective. It’s three from the top.
Arteta had Dani Ceballos at the start and the footballer on loan from Real Madrid set the pace for his team and the game. He was one of the most active but Arsenal lacked strength and aim and when he insisted, with Martin Odegaard on the pitch, in the second half, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford supported the Liverpool side.
The Norwegian, who returned to the pitch after a month off due to an ankle injury, was no solution for Arsenal, unable to alleviate the mistake of their goalkeeper, which unbalanced the game.
Everton achieved a triumph that takes them into the fight for the Champions League with a quarter of an hour from the end. A long pass landed at the feet of Brazilian Richarlison who started a run down the right wing. With no goal option he crossed to the area and Leno, the local goalkeeper, in an attempt to stop the pass did not prevent the ball from entering under his legs, hitting his right leg and reaching the net.
Arsenal reacted without order in search of the tie but Pickford thwarted every London attempt.
Arsenal formed with Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka, Thomas, Daniel Ceballos, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Nicolas Pepe and Edward Nketiah.
Twenty minutes from the end, Martin Odegaard reappeared. Substitute at the beginning replaced Nicolas Pépé while Martinelli took the place of Edward Nketiah. And in ’83 Willian replaced Calum Chambers.