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Published: 15:15 | 22/10/17

Arsenal heap more misery on Everton


Arsenal came from behind to beat Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park and put more pressure on Toffees' under-fire boss Ronald Koeman.

Although Wayne Rooney had given the home side an early lead, Nacho Monreal levelled, before a second-half goal blitz saw Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez hammer home their domination. Sub Oumar Niasse scored a consolation for Everton, who also had Idrissa Gueye sent off.

The defeat was enough to drop Everton into the bottom three for the first time this season and cast major doubts over the future of Koeman, who was watched by major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

It was the first time this season that Arsenal's attacking trio of  Lacazette, Ozil and  Sanchez were on the pitch together, but it was the home side who struck first, courtesy of a familiar foe.

It was almost 15 years ago to the day that Wayne Rooney announced himself with a sensational last minute winner for Everton to end Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run, two days short of his 17th birthday.

Rooney had been rested from Everton's Europa League defeat by Lyon on Thursday and his first major contribution was to give the home side the lead.

Idrissa Gueye dispossessed a hesitant Granit Xhaka midway inside the Gunners' half and when the ball broke to Rooney 22 yards out he turned back the clock to curl a delightful effort into the corner of the net.

Arsenal had produced a string of chances before the set-back and they continued to threaten with Ashley Williams deflecting Lacazette's shot into the side-netting.

The Gunners had an amazing 17 efforts in the first half, more than any side all season, so their equaliser just before the break was nothing more than they deserved.

It came from an unlikely source, defender Nacho Monreal. The Frenchman, whose only other goal this season against Brighton was his first in over four years, was on hand to slam home after Xhaka's powerful drive was blocked by Jordan Pickford.

Everton brought on Tom Davies at half-time for Ashley Williams, who had been walking a tightrope after an early booking, but it was normal service resumed.

It took Arsenal seven minutes to get ahead for the first time with the unsettled Ozil timing his run to perfection to glance Sanchez's floated cross into the roof of the net.

Ramsey should have extended the lead moments later but fired over the bar in space just eight yards out after a darting run and cross from Laurent Koscieiny.

The home side were dealt a further blow when Gueye was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a clumsy tackle on Xhaka midway through the second half.

Ten-man Everton were at Arsenal's mercy and a third goal duly arrived shortly later when Nikola Vlasic's wasteful pass saw the Gunners break at speed and Ozil's cut-back was dispatched beyond Pickford by Lacazette.

Lacazette was almost immediately replaced by Jack Wilshere, making his first appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League in 14 months.

The points were already heading back to north London, but there was no respite for Everton. Ramsey grabbed a fourth from a Wilshere through ball, and although a mix-up between Petr Cech and Monreal allowed sub Niasse to pull one back, Sanchez round off an inspired Arsenal showing waltzing round a static home defence before firing home in the last minute of stoppage time.

Image: Getty/Gareth Copley

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