Arsenal come unstuck against Everton
For many Arsenal fans, their performance at Everton was the worst of the season.
The Gunners actually took the lead late in a very drab first half courtesy of a goal from Martin Odegaard, his second in two games, as he shinned home a Kieran Tierney cross.
However, they failed to capitalise, and could not find a foothold in the game despite having the majority of the possession, and were stung late in the piece.
First Richarlison, who had already seen two goals ruled out for marginal offside, reacted fastest to Demarai Gray’s shot coming back off the crossbar to nod in an equaliser.
Then, in stoppage time, Gray stepped up once more, striking from outside the box as the ball ricocheted off the inside of the post and past Aaron Ramsdale’s despairing dive.
What a horrible couple of games. Two leads, no points. Arsenal’s ability to lurch from relatively smooth sailing to crisis mode is unmatched. This always looked like a big few days, Arsenal put themselves in a position to seize the initiative, but threw it away. So disappointing.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) December 7, 2021
So where did it go wrong?
Odegaard highlights massive flaw in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal
Speaking after the game, Martin Odegaard was understandably downcast, after falling to defeat to a side that had previously not won in eight games.
Arsenal’s goalscorer was quizzed on mentality, and was quick to underline the biggest issue with his side. The Norwegian claimed:
“When you’re leading 1-0 you get a little bit afraid to lose the win and, in my opinion, that’s what we did wrong today.
“We have to keep on playing and go for the second one, and that was always the intention but we didn’t manage to do it on the pitch, so that’s a shame.
“I think, in my opinion, we stopped doing what we had to do. We stopped playing football after we got the lead, especially in the second half.
“We just kicked the ball long and gave them the game they wanted to play. In my opinion, we have to keep the ball better and let them run and use the ball.”
Is this a problem with the players, the manager, or both?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
Arsenal betting odds, next game:
Wolverhampton vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers
|Wolverhampton vs Arsenal Result/Both teams score||Yes||No|
Arsenal's latest videos
Arsenal latest news
Premier League table
|5||West Ham United||23||10||37|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||21||0||29|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||16|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||8|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||8|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||7|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||7|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||6|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||6|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||6|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City||6|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||7|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||6|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||6|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||6|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea FC||0||6|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||6|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||6|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||5|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||6|
|Llorente, Diego||Leeds United||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||6|
|Maguire, Harry||Manchester United||0||5|
|Ward, Joel||Crystal Palace||0||6|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||4|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||10|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||9|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||6|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||5|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||4|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City||4|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||4|