Super sub Trossard gives Arsenal first win at Everton since 2017

17 Sep 2023
Trossard celebration

Belgian's brilliant strike earns 1-0 win and moves Gunners up to fourth

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Leandro Trossard came off the bench to score the decisive goal as Arsenal beat Everton 1-0 to earn their first victory at Goodison Park in six years, moving the Gunners up to fourth, and leaving winless Toffees in the bottom three.

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How the match unfolded

Arsenal dominated possession for much of the first half and thought they had taken the lead on 19 minutes through Gabriel Martinelli, but his strike was overturned following a VAR review after Eddie Nketiah was offside in the build-up. 

Moments after, Martinelli was forced off with a hamstring injury and replaced by Trossard.

David Raya, handed his Arsenal debut by Mikel Arteta in place of Aaron Ramsdale, saved a long-range effort from Arnaut Danjuma, while Ben White tested Jordan Pickford at the other end in a half of few clear-cut chances.  

The Gunners made the breakthrough in the 69th minute following a brilliant passing move from a short corner, which culminated in Trossard's first-time finish from Bukayo Saka’s layoff going in off a post.

It is the third successive Premier League match in which Arsenal have had a substitute score for the first time since December 2021. 

See: Arteta: I won't be afraid to replace 'keepers during matches

Arsenal pushed for a second goal, but Pickford made a strong stop to keep out Martin Odegaard as one goal proved enough.

Arteta's side have 13 points from their opening five matches, while Everton have only one point.

One match to go

Nottingham Forest host Burnley in the final Matchweek 5 fixture on Monday night.

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Forest are seeking their third win of the season while visitors Burnley are targeting their first point of the campaign.

See: Record equalled with first goalless draw of season at Bournemouth

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