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3 talking points as Arsenal lose a crucial game against Everton

Arsenal drop further points in the Premier League, as the Gunners were defeated by Everton by a score-line of 1-0, at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal suffered a huge setback in their bid to qualify for the Europa League next season after they were beaten by Everton on Friday. The Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss against the Toffees, which leaves them on the ninth spot in the league table, with just five games to be played.

Arsenal had the lion’s share of possession throughout the game and had more shots on target as compared to Everton. However, it was a costly error from Bernd Leno, that led to the Gunners defeat. The German goalkeeper made an uncharacteristic error, as he scored an own goal, which gifted the visitors all three points.

The ball slipped through his hands, hitting his leg on the way in. Richarlison deserves a lot of credit for the move that led to the own goal. The Brazilian danced past Granit Xhaka with comparative ease, and forced a horrible mistake from the Arsenal goalkeeper.

What are the three talking points from Everton’s victory over Arsenal?
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Arsenal went into the game against Everton, without their two key strikers. Alexandre Lacazette was ruled out of the fixture after picking a hamstring injury, whereas, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still recovering from Malaria. As a result, Mikel Arteta decided to hand the talented, Eddie Nketiah his first league start since December.

The 21-year old failed to get a clear sight of goal and was ineffective for the majority of the game. However, the Englishman was part of a few attacking moves but failed to threatened Jordan Pickford in goal.

He scored a late equalizer against Fulham last weekend, which helped the Gunners salvage a point in the 97th minute. This was one of the main reasons, why he was given the nod over Gabriel Martinelli. However, the youngster failed to grab his opportunity with an abysmal performance.