Three things Arteta got wrong and two he got right as Arsenal lose at Everton

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A rare goal from Martin Odegaard was not enough to secure a win for Arsenal at Everton, with the Toffees fighting back to claim all three points at Goodison Park.

It was a dire first-half at Goodison Park, though Toffees defender Ben Godfrey was lucky to not be sent off for a stamp on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s head.

But Odegaard popped up in injury time of that first period to volley home the recalled Kieran Tierney’s cross.

Everton saw Richarlison have two goals ruled out for offside before the Brazilian finally scored with a header after a deflection from the crossbar.

Demarai Gray then scored a stunning injury-time winner to secure Everton's first win since the end of September.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at three things Mikel Arteta got wrong and two he got right as his side suffered defeat at the Premier League strugglers…

Negative subs

Arteta used two of his three permitted subs at Goodison Park, but basically changed nothing with his moves.

He first brought on Nuno Tavares for Kieran Tierney in a like-for-like change at left-back, despite the Scot looking like the Gunners' most threatening player.

Eddie Nketiah then replaced Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing, but the Englishman barely had an impact on proceedings.

Everton looked like they were there for the taking for much of the game, but Arteta was unable to change his game-plan to a more attacking outlook.

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Starting Lacazette

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After seeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang draw a blank against Manchester United, Arteta decided to replace the 32-year-old with Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has long been seen as a number 10 rather than a main striker, with his appearances at the spearhead usually offering little.

That trend continued on Merseyside on Monday night, with Lacazette failing to have a shot of any description.

He had just 24 touches during his 85 minutes on the pitch, before being replaced by Aubameyang for the final five minutes.

Failing to kill off the game

Arsenal seemed to have the game in the palm of their hands after Odegaard's opener, but for one reason or another failed to change their approach to the match.

Instead of going gun-ho to try and get a winner, they seemed to revert to type and continue playing their normal game.

While it's unrealistic to think Arsenal should have thrown ten men up the pitch and gone all-out, they did little to capitalise on the dour mood inside Goodison Park.

With Toffees fans streaming out of the stadium in protest against the club, the game was there for the taking.

But instead, their inability to get the ball forward with pace and direction cost them dear, and they were simply second best at times in a game they should have comfortably won.

Arteta has impressed recently with his game management and tactical knowledge, but let himself down by failing to change, and was punished by dropping three points in a disappointing defeat.

Trusting Odegaard

Arsenal’s matchwinner was arguably lucky to keep his place in the starting line-up, having scored just two goals all season heading into the game on Merseyside.

But rather than play Alexandre Lacazette in the number 10 role with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line, Arteta opted to play the Frenchman as the striker with Odegaard behind him.

The Norwegian repaid Arteta for that faith, having a pass success rate of 97 per cent, winning both of his duels and succeeding with all of his dribbles.

He capped his performance with what was ultimately the match-winning goal with a well-placed volley into the bottom corner.

Recalling Tierney

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Kieran Tierney had surprisingly found himself losing out to Nuno Tavares for the left-back spot in Arteta’s starting line-up in recent weeks.

But he was recalled for his first Premier League appearance since the draw with Crystal Palace for the trip to Everton.

He rewarded Arteta for handing him the recall, sending in a perfect cross for Odegaard to put Arsenal level.

The Scot was solid defensively, winning five of his defensive duels and succeeding with all of his tackles, as well as providing a consistent threat going forward.

  • Premier League
  • Arsenal FC
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Everton FC

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