Yes, they may have won, but Everton really should’ve made life more miserable for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Marco Silva’s men had a whopping 23 shots to the Gunners’ seven at Goodison Park as the Toffees recorded their third straight Premier League win – a period in which they haven’t conceded a goal having faced Chelsea, West Ham and Unai Emery’s men.
However, the north London-based side were awful, and against better sides, Everton may have found themselves pegged back by an equaliser, or even worse, a winner on a day where they were sloppy in the final third.
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An early goal from Phil Jagielka in the 10th-minute saved the Merseysiders from an embarrassing draw against a visibly inferior team on the day.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s tireless running into the channels, Jordan Pickford’s excellent kicking and Arsenal’s decision to play an extremely high line saw the Toffees find themselves in behind the Gunners’ back four on almost every occasion they went forward.
Despite their excellent performance, however, in the same scenario but against a side like Liverpool or Manchester United, and even some sides in the bottom half, there is no way that their lead would’ve been preserved.
Chances are meant to be few and far between at the highest level of English football, so when one comes your way, you have to ensure that it is taken, let alone 27 – the fact that just six of them were on target makes for bad reading if you’re an Everton fan.
Silva, formerly of Watford, didn’t get too much wrong on the day as, despite the woeful finishing, it was a hugely impressive performance – having said that, the Portuguese boss must get his side working on their attacking efficiency on the training ground.
Goals win you games, and no matter how many yards the Toffees players put in, no matter how many balls they headed clear, no matter how many saves Pickford made, it will all be in vain unless their forwards can start finding the back of the net when chances present themselves.