Against ten men, Everton simply pathetic

By Michael Kenrick 21/05/2017  207 Comments  [Jump to last]

Enner Valencia replacing Ross Barkley is the one change from the side that started against Watford last weekend

Everton bring the curtain down on 2017-18 with a trip to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a game that could have a large bearing on the Champions and Europa League pictures after all.

The Blues' side features just one change from last weekend, with Enner Valencia coming into the side to replace Ross Barkley. Ex Everton trainee, Shkodran Mustafi was ill and unable to start for Arsenal.

Everton kicked off but the first decent attack was from the home side with a cleared cross and then a snap chance for Wellbeck that he drove wide. More rapid movement from Arsenal ended with an over-hit cross. Mirallas ran forward into a cul-de-sac and Arsenal resumed their forward momentum.

Lukaku got forward but his cross was too deep and Davies was easily mugged, Arsenal attacked again and Ozil pulled a smart ball back off the goalline for Wellbeck who missed a complete sitter, Bellerin had an easy task following up.

Everton were at best lethargic in the sunshine, possibly happy to let Arsenal have their fun as they could stop Arsenal. But a terrible tackle by Koscielny took out Valencia in a horrible tackle and Michael Oliver had no hesitation in showing him a straight red card.

The game restarted after treatment for the Everton man, who was able to resume. Mirallas did well to get the ball through to Lukaku who lashed wide after he was flagged offside. Williams block Alexis and as rather harshly shown a yellow card. Lukaku put in a much better cross but Davies lacked any desire to go for it and the chance evaporated.

As Alexis went to shoot, Gana came from behind and deflected his shot but was adjudged wrongly to have fouled, the dangerous free-kick driven into the Everton wall, Gabriel heading over. Koeman decided to change the game plan, bringing Ross Barkley on early, in place of Tom Davies after Mirallas crossed over everyone.

Valencia had a chance to cross in for Lukaku but drove his low shot at Cech. Arsenal then went 2-0 ahead after a ridiculous goal, the ball hitting Wellbeck who appeared to handball, the Blues all stopping including Robles who was hopeless, and Alexis walked the ball into the net.

Form a free-kick, Mirallas scooped the ball too hard and it flew over everyone. Holgate fouled and Alexis drove a brilliant shot in that Robles punched into Wellbek and it fortunately rebounded wide. Everton finally showed a bit more desire going forward, a decent cross swung in toward Lukaku but Cech was out smartly.

A craze melee where the ball fell nicely for at least three Everton players, Barkley, Gana and Lukaku, none of who could strike the ball properly and a golden chance to score was ridiculously squandered. Jagielka was then shown the yellow card.

Everton won their first corner off a decent strike by Gana that was pushed around the post by Cech. Lukaku get a decent header on a looping cross from Holgate, winning another corner off Cech's save, And Valencia this time tired a strike from outside the box that Cech again saved. At least the Blues were actually shooting at the goal!

Everton continued to be mesmerized by the slick forward passing of the home side but turned things around and created a chance for Lukaku on his left foot, his shot was deflected and from Mirallas's corner, Barkley lazily passed it behind. A pretty poor finish to a pretty poor half from a pretty poor Everton side.

Koeman decided to bring Gareth Barry on for Gana at the break. Lukaku had an early chance to shoot but crossed straight to an Arsenal defender, then got on the end of a good cross he headed lamely at Cech. At the other end Robles saved well from Wellbeck, then from Ozil.

Another poor challenge from Arsenal, this time Gabriel on Valencia, saw the Arsenal man twist his knee and eventually get stretchered off, after getting a yellow card from Michael Oliver.

The idiotic Arsenal fans demanded a second yellow card for a nothing intervention from Williams that Wellbeck made look like a trip. Michael Oliver rightly resisted the shameless please form all in red.

A cross from Baines evaded Lukaku but Monreal handled, and Lukaku scored form the spot, possibly his best ever penalty! Schneiderlin was booked for a fairly normal challenge on Monreal. Holding was next to be booked for blocking Valencia.

Everton's best move of the game saw a lovely cross by Holgate to the back post buried by Valencia but he was called for pushing the defender. Baines was next in Michael Oliver's book, for fouling Ramsey.

Barkley gave a return pass away and Arsenal scampered forward, Robles saving well from Ozil. At the other end, Barkley did his usual dancing around without actually making anything happen, winning a corner on the second attempt that Mirallas lashed over Cech's goal.

Everton suddenly looked like they actually wanted to play football, a couple more shots at goal, another corner, and a header just over. Valencia drove in but lashed over. Kone replaced Valencia for his last ever Everton appearance.

Everton let that brief tempo subside and Arsenal decided to attack with pace, Holgate getting a vital block on Iwobi. An Everton corner came to nought and Arsenal looked for all the world like they had the extra man. Iwobi again got free but Robles did well to keep him out. Barkley lashed a shot wide.

At the other end, Aron Ramsey curled in a lovely strike to underline an absolutely pathetic display by Everton underlining the really poor finish to the season since they 'played' West Ham a month ago. Koeman has a massive task on his hands...

Scorers: Bellerin (8'), Alexis (27'); Lukaku (pen:58')

Arsenal: Cech, Holding [Y:62'], Koscielny [R:12'], Gabriel [Y:51'] (52' Mertesacker), Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka (61' Coquelin), Monreal, Ozil, Sanchez (67' Iwobi), Welbeck.
Subs not Used: Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Elneny.

Everton: Robles, Holgate, A Williams [Y:18'], Jagielka [Y:39'], Baines [Y:72'], Gana (46' Barry), Schneiderlin [Y:60'], Davies (25' Barkley), Valencia (83' Kone), Lukaku, Mirallas.
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Pennington, J Williams, Besic.

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 59,976

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