Everton come from behind to stun Arsenal

Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton as they came from behind to win 2-1 and inflict a first Premier League defeat on Arsenal since the opening day of the season.

Alexis Sanchez had fired the Gunners into a 1-0 lead with his 12th league goal of the campaign early on but Everton bagged an equaliser through Seamus Coleman before half-time, with Williams then completing the turnaround with an 86th minute header.

Arsene Wenger’s side missed out on the chance to move top of the table with the result, with Everton moving two places up to seventh and securing a first victory in six games.

Arsenal created the first chance of the game inside the seventh minute, with Nacho Monreal pulling the ball back to Mesut Ozil in the middle, but the German could only send his effort over the bar.

The Gunners, however, found the breakthrough after 20 minutes as Sanchez’s free kick took a wicked deflection off Ashley Williams, leaving Maarten Stekelenburg unable to keep the ball from flying across the line.

A subdued Everton had struggled in the final third up until the half-hour mark, with Arsenal looking comfortable, when they created their first real opportunity as Enner Valencia headed Ross Barkley’s corner over.

Buoyed by that chance, and with the Goodison Park crowd now behind them, the Toffees continued to threaten with Aaron Lennon driving into box but firing high and wide, before Romelu Lukaku then sent a strike over a few minutes later.


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