Interesting Stats Show Arsenal Were Always Going to Struggle at Goodison Park Against Everton

Interesting Stats Show Arsenal Were Always Going to Struggle at Goodison Park Against Everton

  • Everton came up with the upset of the weekend in Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of The Toffees
  • The Merseyside club stunned Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to a solitary second half goal from James Tarkowski
  • A look at recent history could suggest Arsenal were always going to struggle at Goodison Park, despite experiencing a top season

Arsenal fans got a taste of dejavu, after their side succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday, February 4.

The Gunners have been the team to beat this season, and went into the game at Goodison Park enjoying a five point lead at the top of the table.

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James Tarkowski of Everton celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park. Photo by Gareth Copley.
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It is fair to say they went against relegation-threatened Everton as heavy favourite to claim all three points, but the game was anything but a walkover.

Arsenal were bound to struggle and stats show that

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Firstly, Mikel Arteta was coming up against Sean Dyche yet again after Everton took the services of the former Burnley manager following the dismissal of Frank Lampard.

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According to stats on SportsKeeda, Everton won their last two home games against Arsenal, and in both of those matches, Arsenal was being managed by Arteta.

Their last game at Goodison Park was on December 6 2021, when the Toffees came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory.

Prior to that, in 2020, Everton won by a similar score (2-1), as Yerry Mina found a winner after Nicolas Pepe had cancelled out Rob Holding’s own goal which gave Everton an initial lead.

Also, it is worth noting that Sean Dyche also has a decent record against Arteta, who became the first manager to lose three back to back games at Goodison Park.

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Sean Dyche’s reaction to Everton winner

Sports Brief also reported on how Sean Dyche reacted to his side scoring what proved to be the winner at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Former Leicester City winger Demarai Gray was seen behind him smiling at his manager's reaction, with fans claiming he was loving the vibes of Dyche.

Dyche's former players at Burnley, Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski combined for the goal to give a bright start as the Toffees tries to avoid relegation for the second season in a row.