|7||Shots On Target||2|
|46%||Aerial Duels Won %||54%|
- Back to reality.
- Sam Allardyce made some baffling changes to the change and the formation ahead of the game, and the scoreline backed that up.
- Arsenal were 4-0 up at half-time.
- Two goals from Aaron Ramsey, one from Laurent Koscielny and one from debutant Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved that Sam Allardyce’s tactics were a shambles.
- In between the 1st and 4th goal, Everton’s defensive stats were:
- Attempted tackles – 6
- Successful tackles – 2
- Interceptions – 3
- Shots blocked – 1
- Clearances – 7
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton.
- However, Aaron Ramsey completed his hat-trick of goals and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed his hat-trick of assists (his first assists since August).
- Despite Arsenal’s dominance, there was more action in their third than in Everton’s third (35%-25%).
- Everton also very marginally had more touches in Arsenal’s area than Arsenal had in Everton’s (31-30).
- But shambolic defending cost Everton dearly.
- Tom Davies was the only Everton player who created more than one chance (2) and made more successful dribbles than any other player in the game (4), despite playing only 45 minutes.
- Eliaquim Mangala made 1 interception and 3 clearances, but didn’t make a single successful tackle or blocked a shot.
- Michael Keane and Ashley Williams didn’t make a single successful tackle or interception.
- Ashley Williams, however, made 6 clearances – more than any other Everton player.
Average Player Positions
- Everton have conceded 5+ goals against a team in both league meetings in a season for the first time since Manchester City in 1957/58, and the sixth time in the club’s history.
- Aaron Ramsey is the first player to score a hat-trick against Everton since Steven Gerrard in March 2012 and the first Arsenal player since Ian Wright scored 4 in December 1991.