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David Seaman hits back on Gary Neville's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comments

Arsenal legend David Seaman says he "isn't worried" about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's informality and supported the striker "getting good very soon". (Author: Gardener)

David SeamanArsenal legend David Seaman says he is not worried about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's informality and has supported the striker to "do well very soon". Aubameyang had its least productive season since arriving in England last season, scoring just 15 times in all competitions, but made a strong start to the 2021-22 season with five goals in his first six appearances. Mikel Arteta knocked Aubameyang out of his starting XI last night in Everton and Eddie Nketiah was in 71. But Richarlison broke Martin Odegaard's opening goal - after two attempts had been ruled out for offside - and Aubameyang was on the bench until the 85th minute when he was substituted on for Alexandre Lacazette. The conditions were in place for Aubameyang to finally end its target drought and save the Gunners. Demarai Gray won Everton all three points with a stunning last-minute shot, however, and the Gabon international missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to equalize in the eighth minute of added time. He has to get out on this training field and really practice his finishing, gain confidence from training, ”Seaman told Sky Sports after Arsenal's 2-1 defeat. “He really lacks confidence when it comes to that final decision and final finish. “It wasn't an easy chance last night, but it was a good chance. It's a shame he goes through what he does but all strikers go through that. “When you look at Harry Kane at Tottenham, one goal all season and you think, 'Wow, what happened to Harry Kane ?!' but at Aubameyang it's just a self-esteem thing. We're just waiting for that little boost and hope he gets a two-inch tap-in and that will bring his confidence back. ”Speaking to Monday Night Football, Gary Neville said that something embarrassing is brewing between Mikel Arteta and Aubameyang, former Manchester United and England right-back suggested that Aubameyang may even want to find an escape route from Arsenal as his relationship with Arteta was slowly turning "sour", but Seaman was "surprised" by Neville's comments and believes the striker is just struggling for confidence and is going through a bad period. "I saw Gary Neville make these comments last night and I was a little surprised to be honest." I think it's just d he fact that he doesn't play very well and has one of those patches. “He made up his mind to put on Nketiah. We saw why because he's giving himself a small chance, but I'm not worried about the situation in Aubameyang. I think he'll be good very soon. "When asked if Arsenal should look into the January transfer window to fix the problem, Seaman replied," Not for me, no because we all know what Aubameyang is capable of. “How frustrating would it be if he went to another club and then started playing the way we know he can play? Despite being "disappointed" with the result, Seaman firmly believes that Arsenal are going in the "right direction" under Arteta. "It was disappointing because we had chances," he continued. “I know Mikel said he wasn't happy with the performance after that, but when you look at the opportunities we created in really important parts of the game, it was disappointing. “You're not worried just yet because I think the main part is that we need to be a little more consistent in our performances. “The teams we lost to were difficult games anyway and then Everton is always a difficult game away, they had a chance to get them. “Okay, they had two goals for very little offside - I loved VAR last night - but we're going in the right direction when you look at it overall.

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Arsenal's thin top 4 hopes crumble after three defeats in four games

Thanks to good form, Mikel Arteta's Arsenal team had pushed themselves to the edge of the Champions League places, but recently stuttered with three defeats in four Premier League games (Author: Gardener)

Mikel Arteta's ArsenalTurn back the clock a little over two weeks and Arsenal traveled to Liverpool on the crest of the waves. Mikel Arteta's side were unbeaten in 10 games and looked like they could launch an unlikely attack on the top four. Four games and three losses later and a season that looked very encouraging was turned on its head. The table still doesn't look too bad, with Arteta's side just four points ahead of Champions League spots, but the nature of their recent defeats has raised familiar questions about Arsenal. They collapsed, as always, amid a Liverpool attack on Anfield. And it was a similar story on Monday night when they threw away a 1-0 lead and lost 2-1 at Everton thanks to Demarai Gray's dramatic added-time winner. What we saw this week is a subject that is becoming far too familiar to the Gunners. You put yourself in the lead just to sit back and let the opponent back into the game. "We have to do better when we have that lead," said Martin Odegaard after the defeat on Monday evening. “We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did that wrong. "You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch." Mentality issues plagued Arsenal for a long time and it was something their opponents have consistently sought to exploit over the years. But during that undefeated run in September and October it seemed for a while that Arteta's new team was beginning to show that they had something different about themselves. However, the past week has proven that there are still problems. That might be expected given the squad's youthful make-up, but Arteta knows his squad can't afford to ditch leaders regularly when looking to improve two consecutive eighth places in the Premier League. "We didn't have enough punch or threat for the opposing goal." One of the few times we did it we scored a goal from Martin and then got the game in the second half, but again in moments we were sloppy. "We gave too many balls away too easily and encouraged them against the movement in the press. The key for Arteta will now be to collect his players before two crucial home games next week. Six points from those two." Games and things will be very different for the holidays. But some questions still remain open even as they collect maximum points. Why are Arsenal so passive when they're ahead? And what's up with Nicolas Pepe? It was 19 minutes left at Everton when Gabriel Martinelli slumped onto the turf with a seizure, and with the Brazilian acting as a winger in Arteta's 4-2-3-1 formation, his most obvious replacement was Arsenal's record signing But the fact that Pepe was sitting on the bench, still wrapped from head to toe in his workout clothes, spoke volumes. For example, Arsenal spent the last quarter of the game at Goodison Park with a striker who just turned down a contract offer and is looking at C He is expected to leave - and spread out - at the end of the season. If Arsenal were a free-scoring team, one could understand why Pepe was left out in the rain. But they have only scored 18 goals in 15 league games this season. Pepe may not be the savior, but since he ended the 2020/21 season as the Gunners' second top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions, there is no doubt that he has the qualities to make a significant difference in the final third. He was only five minutes on the field in Arsenal's last seven league games and not a single minute in the defeats at Liverpool, United and Everton. "I chose Eddie and he created three chances and hit the post in 25 minutes," said Arteta when asked about the substitution after the game. "He does what you saw here in training every day in 25 minutes," added Arteta. For the first time since the first two weeks of the season when they lost their first three games without scoring a goal, Arsenal are in crisis mode. At this point last season they let their campaign get out of hand and it wasn't until Emile Smith Rowe showed up after Christmas that they managed to dig their way out of the mud. It's nowhere near that bad, and two wins from the next two games will put them within reach of the top four before the holiday season. But the past fortnight has once again left Arsenal with their backs to the wall. Arteta has nowhere to hide this season. He now has a squad that has his signature everywhere and he doesn't have to worry about European football, which means he has time with his players on the training pitch that many of his colleagues can only dream of. The Arsenal manager needs to find a way to ensure this mistake doesn't turn into something more serious. If so, the questions about his future that were so prevalent in the opening weeks of the season will return once more.

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Arsenal's thin top 4 hopes crumble after three defeats in four games

Thanks to good form, Mikel Arteta's Arsenal team had pushed themselves to the edge of the Champions League places, but recently stuttered with three defeats in four Premier League games (Author: Gardener)

Mikel Arteta's ArsenalTurn back the clock a little over two weeks and Arsenal traveled to Liverpool on the crest of the waves. Mikel Arteta's side were unbeaten in 10 games and looked like they could launch an unlikely attack on the top four. Four games and three losses later and a season that looked very encouraging was turned on its head. The table still doesn't look too bad, with Arteta's side just four points ahead of Champions League spots, but the nature of their recent defeats has raised familiar questions about Arsenal. They collapsed, as always, amid a Liverpool attack on Anfield. And it was a similar story on Monday night when they threw away a 1-0 lead and lost 2-1 at Everton thanks to Demarai Gray's dramatic added-time winner. What we saw this week is a subject that is becoming far too familiar to the Gunners. You put yourself in the lead just to sit back and let the opponent back into the game. "We have to do better when we have that lead," said Martin Odegaard after the defeat on Monday evening. “We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did it wrong. "You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch." Mentality issues plagued Arsenal for a long time and it was something their opponents have consistently sought to exploit over the years. But during that undefeated run in September and October it seemed for a while that Arteta's new team was beginning to show that they had something different about themselves. However, the past week has proven that there are still problems. That might be expected given the squad's youthful make-up, but Arteta knows his squad can't afford to ditch leaders regularly when looking to improve two consecutive eighth places in the Premier League. "We didn't have enough punch or threat for the opposing goal." One of the few times we did it we scored a goal from Martin and then got the game in the second half, but again, in a few moments we were sloppy. "We gave too many balls away too easily and encouraged them against the movement in the press. The key for Arteta will now be to collect his players before two crucial home games next week. Six points from those two." Games and things will be very different for the holidays. But some questions still remain open even as they collect maximum points. Why are Arsenal so passive when they're ahead? And what's up with Nicolas Pepe? There were 19 minutes left at Everton when Gabriel Martinelli slumped onto the turf with a seizure, and with the Brazilian acting as a winger in Arteta's 4-2-3-1 formation, his most obvious replacement was Arsenal's record signing But the fact that Pepe was sitting on the bench, head to toe in his training clothes, speaking volumes, as Arsenal spent the last quarter of the game at Goodison Park with a striker who just turned down a contract offer and looks sure to be leaving at the end of the season - play far. If Arsenal were a free-scoring team, one could understand why Pepe was left out in the rain. But they have only scored 18 goals in 15 league games this season. Pepe may not be the savior, but since he ended the 2020/21 season as the Gunners' second top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions, there is no doubt that he has the qualities to make a significant difference in the final third. He was only five minutes on the field in Arsenal's last seven league games and not a single minute in the defeats at Liverpool, United and Everton. "I decided to play Eddie and he created three chances and hit the post in 25 minutes," said Arteta when asked about the substitution after the game. "He does what you saw here in training every day in 25 minutes," added Arteta. For the first time since the first two weeks of the season when they lost their first three games without scoring a goal, Arsenal are in crisis mode. At this point last season they let their campaign get out of hand and it wasn't until Emile Smith Rowe showed up after Christmas that they managed to dig their way out of the mud. It's nowhere near that bad, and two wins from the next two games will put them within reach of the top four before the holiday season. But the past fortnight has once again left Arsenal with their backs to the wall. Arteta has nowhere to hide this season. He now has a squad that has his signature everywhere and he doesn't have to worry about European football, which means he has time with his players on the training pitch that many of his colleagues can only dream of. So the Arsenal manager needs to find a way to make sure this mistake doesn't turn into something more serious. If so, then the questions about his future that were so prevalent in the opening weeks of the season will re-emerge.

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Arsenal's young players need help; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang problem brewing

Gary Neville: Arsenal's senior players aren't really massive characters. The young players are not the problem. (Author: Gardener)

Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGary Neville says Arsenal's seasoned players are not providing the leadership their youngsters need after losing 2-1 at Everton. The late loss at Goodison Park followed a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Thursday, which meant difficult days for Mikel Arteta and his side. The Gunners led at Old Trafford but eventually lost while Martin Odegaard gave them the advantage on Merseyside before late goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured victory for Rafael Benitez's side. And while Neville believes there are many positives in this young Arsenal squad, he believes the inexperienced players need more help from the older minds in finding ways to get through difficult moments in games. "It just wobbles, doesn't it?" Neville said about Arteta on Monday Night Football after losing to Everton. “He does a good job and then he loses a few and he's under pressure.” I guess when we talk about it's a young team in terms of average age when you go to places like Old Trafford and Goodison Park in a night game, one or the other of the young players will not have seen it that often. "I remember my first game at Anfield and it was tough going to Arsenal at Highbury. You need experience to get you through those tough moments where the crowd goes up and some decisions are made against you and They sense something is happening. Arsenal "older players aren't really massive characters. You don't get these young players through those difficult moments in the game so the other players go under a little. I think there is a lot of talent there. The young players aren't the problem The problem with Arsenal's team is that they don't have the direction or the standards to get you through those turbulent moments that happen at Old Trafford or Goodison and you just feel like you are Wrapping this arm is brewing between Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the captain was substituted on the bench. The Arsenal captain was finally brought on in the 85th minute and had one last chance at a point for his team e , but he grabbed his goal and extended his run without a goal in the Premier League to six games. "I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang in this game," said Neville. “I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​Eddie Nketiah showing up before him. I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​being a substitute, period. “There's always a little mistake between Arteta and Aubameyang. "I know he's the captain, but he leaves him out and it just feels a little uncomfortable and it's going to cause a problem." I suspect if Arteta could probably get money for Aubameyang and he could get someone else, her would probably. "And I bet if Aubameyang could keep going, he probably would because it might get a little sour." Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher criticized the manner in which Arsenal lost to Everton, saying it would be a heavy blow to Mikel Arteta's future aspirations for his side. "I have a lot of time to see what Mikel Arteta said after the game and how he talked about Arsenal's performance," Carragher told MNF. "At Goodison Park and Old Trafford I wouldn't say that I feel abandoned because I'm not an Arsenal fan, but I liked what I saw of Arsenal and Arteta." I could see the organization and their efforts, but obviously not at the level of the teams fighting for the title. "But I thought there was a bit of a lack of bite at Old Trafford, but you can almost understand that. Going to Manchester United is a tough away game." . There is really no such thing as top quality on the Everton team, and Everton only won this because of its excitement and crowd. "That was bad for Arsenal and Arteta in terms of their goals and it was a disturbing sign how they lost." It's not the fact that they lost, they can win their next home game and still be a challenge for them To be in the top 4 but in terms of long-term direction it was bad to lose and how they lost. "Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made no excuses for his side after losing to Everton, saying: The performance they produced was not good enough. No penetration, "Arteta told Sky Sports. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, created four big chances, but conceded a very sloppy goal when you have to manage the game. "They won't give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to leave, we kept putting pressure on us. When asked if Everton's Ben Godfrey should have been sent off, Arteta said, "That decision was made, I'm sure VAR has checked it out. "What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even if you don't do your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and this game lost is nothing. " Well. If the opponent is there, you have to do it and we don't. It wasn't good enough. "He added," They were there to be taken and when that happens they have to be grabbed and killed. We had a similar thing against Manchester United and we deserved a lot more, but we didn't get the points. We had opportunities to score and "when we didn't, it wasn't good enough. The performance in general wasn't good enough." Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard was disappointed with the defeat and said his side had stopped playing , especially after taking the lead with his goal just before half-time. I think in general we weren't at the level we needed to be today. "We had some good moments but we have to get a lot better. It's hard to tell what exactly happened. We have to get better when we have that guidance. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play "is [a thinking problem]. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did it wrong today. You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch. "

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Demarai Gray's late goal ended the winless run for Rafael Benitez's side

Match report and highlights as Everton comes from behind to stun Arsenal at Goodison Park; Martin Odegaard gives Gunners guidance; Richarlison made two appearances from VAR before leveling; Demarai Gray's last stunner takes the win and ends Everton's winless run after eight games (Author: Gardener)

Demarai Gray'sDemarai Gray's late thunderclap lifted spirits at Everton as Rafael Benitez's side came from behind for a dramatic 2-1 win over Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday Night Football. It looked like another night to forget for Everton when Richarlison was denied goals twice after being sidelined by the VAR. The Brazilian was undeniable a third time, however, as he headed the rebound home to level the score after Gray's shot hit the crossbar. Arsenal, who will feel injured, didn't see Ben Godfrey red after cleats punched Takehiro Tomiyasu in the face in the first half, had a great chance to take the lead back in the last 10 minutes when Eddie Nketiah headed off the post the six-yard space, but it was Everton's points when Gray's powerful attempt hit the inside post and kicked off the home celebration. The win moves Everton, who abandoned a small part of their supporters in the 27th minute in protest against the club's leadership, to 12th. Arsenal, which remains seventh, loses in the race for fourth place after West Ham victories , Tottenham and Manchester United hit ground this weekend. Everton went into the game to stop their long run without a win and started well, but looked like a team that lacked rhythm in the early stages. Benitez called for "great effort and dedication" in his program notes, and an early crunch from Godfrey whipped home fans as they tried to get behind their side. The 27th minute of the game - chosen because Everton was 27 years old and last won a trophy - some Everton fans left their seats in a planned protest and a banner was displayed in Gwladys Street End saying "We demand nil satis nisi Optimum, it is time that our club did it too ", unfolds The club's motto, which translates as:" Nothing but the best is good enough ". Back on the field, Godfrey survived a VAR check for a red card after standing on Tomiyasu's face during his follow-through. The VAR Stuart Attwell got referee Mike Dean out of the game, but Godfrey, whom Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher referred to as the "lucky boy" during his halftime analysis, survived. Everton - who were forced to take off Yerry Mina in the 31st minute while Mason Holgate came on - thought they had the lead in 44 minutes when Richarlison headed in after an Andros Townsend free-kick, but tried was excluded after a VAR check because of offside. To add to Everton's frustration, Arsenal struck moments later when Odegaard shot into the bottom corner after a serve from Kieran Tierney. After the break, Richarlison had the ball back in the net, but was again offside after a VAR check. It turned out to be a third stroke of luck for Richarlison when he equalized in the 79th minute. Arsenal had a golden chance five minutes later when substitute Nketiah headed the post from four meters away and it proved a costly miss for Mikel Arteta's side. Everton took the lead in the second minute of stoppage time when Gray's violent long-range shot rattled a post en route into the net, leaving Aaron Ramsdale with no chance. There was one last chance for the Gunners and it fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was not in the starting XI, but the Arsenal skipper's barren run in front of goal continued as he deflected a shot and saved Everton to lift the gloom that had built over Goodison Park. Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher: "If you think he's really under pressure as a manager, he just doesn't panic. I mentioned when Rafa came to understand Everton football." Arsenal dominated possession but Everton was the better team. Sky Sports' Gary Neville: “You absolutely deserve it. They were better than Arsenal, you have to involve the spectators and Richarlison's unapproved goals fueled them. ”It gave Rafa and his team something to hold on to and he will be absolutely delighted. Neville added: “It was a really tentative performance by Arsenal. You have to compete if you go to Goodison Park. I know they are off to a bad run, but those decisions, the VAR decisions, got the crowd going. "Players replied, it will be a huge relief for the fan base and folks upstairs who have also been under massive pressure." "Everton boss Rafael Benitez:" It is clear that when the fans, the players, all stick together, we are stronger. The team's reaction to the unrecognized goals and the goal they conceded at the end of the first half, we still scored goals and reacted. That's what every player and fan expects. Everything is against you, but the character they showed today, with the fans behind them, they can enjoy it. The fans were happy because the players gave everything. “The fans expect commitment. You can talk about mistakes and we cashed in because we made mistakes against a good team. When it comes to engagement, the players are there and the fans appreciate that. They want to see a team that has spent a lot. The money just keeps getting better. It will take time, but we will make it. Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta: "In the first half we were very inconsistent with the ball. One of the few times we did it we scored a goal. In the second half we tried to do more of those things, gave us four great chances but conceded a very sloppy goal when you have to manage the game. They won't give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to go along, we got through Pressure applied. "What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even if you are not doing your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and lost this game is nothing. "" It could have turned out differently, but we didn't make it. Everton have won three straight league games against Arsenal for the first time since April 1986. Everton have won 10 points this season by losing positions in the Premier League, more than any other team in 2021/22. Arsenal have lost consecutive Premier League games by scoring their first goal in each game, the first time since December 2016, with one of those losses including a 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park (the other was a 2 -1 loss to Man City). Demarai Gray's winner for Everton came in 91 minutes and 21 seconds, her last winning goal in a Premier League game since December 2015 against Newcastle (92:46) and most recently at Goodison Park since March 2014 against Cardiff (92:33) ). Gray has scored five Premier League goals for Everton this season, his best return in a single season. Gray has scored five goals in his last 14 Premier League games, with his previous five goals being scored in 54 games. Everton will travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday December 12th (4:30 pm) to watch a game that will be featured live on the Sky Sports Premier League while Arsenal host Southampton on Saturday December 11th (3pm) .

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Everton is reborn after Demarai Gray beat Arsenal with a stunner in added time

If Rafael Benitez wrote a book in one night about how to lift the spirits of an entire club, it would look something like this. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonIf Rafael Benitez wrote a book in one night about how to lift the spirits of an entire club, it would look something like this. A late comeback win, secured with the most exciting goals in the most exciting circumstances, brought Goodison Park back to life after weeks of gloom in the blue half of Merseyside. Whipped home from the edge of the box in added time, the Demarai Gray winner felt like a goal that could change a season at the moment. Everton struggled again under the weight of their own desperation, trailing at halftime and having no luck with the officials, but they were suddenly reborn with a swing of their winged shoe. How Everton needed it. As Benitez needed, many supporters had questioned his position after weeks of gloomy football games. It was a goal that felt like the footballing equivalent of taking off, like the beginning of something new on a night that in another reality could have ended this chapter of Benitez's managerial career. "Fans, players, all together we are stronger," said Benitez. “It is important that everyone believes that we can win against any team with our performance today. Such is life in the Premier League, where the baton of the "crisis club" is passed around so easily that all of Everton's misery was apparently dumped at Arsenal in the end. Mikel Arteta's team could not complain about this result given the poor performance. From the first minute, visitors were left with a disturbing lack of urgency, creativity, or persuasiveness, the promise of late autumn fading as it grew dark. "No penetration, no threat," said Arteta of his team's performance in the first half, which took place in the absence of the eliminated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. An ugly truth for Arsenal is that this result could have been far worse had it not been for two marginal offside calls that almost fell in their favor. Richarlison was twice turned down by the video assistant referees who noticed the slightest violations, and the Brazilian had fully earned his legitimate goal when it finally arrived. At this point, Arsenal were ahead and in control. Once Everton scored their first goal, it always felt that they were more likely to find a second. That's not to say that anyone at Goodison Park expected it to be the way Gray's punch was struck off the post after he stepped into the field. Why was Arsenal so open? For Everton, the maddening joy at the final whistle contrasted sharply with the fear and anger that had emanated from every home seat in the first half. The departure of football director Marcel Brands, the hundreds of millions wasted on ineffective signings, the terrible streak of results: all of this resulted in some of their fans being so angry that they called for an exit here in the first half. When the 27th minute hit (picked because next May the 27th, if anything, there was the opposite reaction from the Goodison crowd as the floor heaved to cheer their team on.

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Rafael Benitez praises Everton's "perfect" comeback win against Arsenal

Demarai Gray scored the Toffees' first win in nine Premier League games in the second minute of stoppage time. (Author: Gardener)

Rafael BenitezEverton coach Rafael Benitez spoke of a "perfect" night after his side's winless run came to a dramatic end with a 2-1 win from behind against Arsenal at Goodison Park. After Martin Odegaard's volley had put the guests in the lead in stoppage time in the first half, Richarlison equaled - after two attempts due to VAR checks on both sides of the opening game due to offside - with a header in the 79th minute after Demarai. from Gray hit the bar. Gray then secured the Toffees' first win in nine Premier League games by sending a fine shot off the post in the second minute of stoppage time. Benitez said in his post-game press conference: “I think we saw character in the first few games (of the season) and it was even better today, in terms of two unrecognized goals and the reaction from the team, the fans behind the team , in the end everyone was happy with the great goal that Demarai scored and three points after that bad run. In terms of the players, the fans, the performance and the bottom line. ”The game ended with the crowd delirious after a small number of Everton fans left their seats in protest against the club's leadership. Benitez said: “I think since I've been here the fans have been really good from day one. “The frustration of fans in some games is because they obviously want the team to win. But nobody can complain about the commitment, the desire, the commitment of the players. “We can complain about decisions in the last third or mistakes, but not about the commitment. Today I think the fans will appreciate that from the first minute. "I think they stay loyal to the team and today is further proof that we are together, we are stronger and we have to do that by the end of the season." The win came a day later, when Marcel Brands left his role as Everton football director, and the club said they would continue to "fully support" Benitez to own Farhad Moshiri and the board after the painful 4-1 derby defeat last Wednesday Liverpool. When asked about Brands leaving, Benitez said: “I think we have to think about the future now and then try to go in the right direction together. Now it's really important to look positively into the future and to be sure that all the people who work as hard as we have at the club are going in the same direction. ”Benitez, whose team in the table from 16th up Moved up to 12th place also revealed that Yerry Mina was forced off the field in the first half due to calf problems. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports after the game: "We were very inconsistent with the ball in the first half. One of the few times we did it, we scored a goal. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, created four big chances, but conceded a very sloppy goal if you had to manage the game. ”Arteta, whose side are seventh after a third loss in four games stays, added: “I want more from my team. Today you are in control of the game even if you don't have to do your best and find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and lost this game is not good. “It could have turned out very differently, but we didn't make it.

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Breathtaking gray hit brings Everton to victory

Demarai Gray's stoppage-time goal earned Everton their first win in nine games with a stunning comeback against Arsenal. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonDemarai Gray's great stoppage-time goal earned Everton a first win in nine games and ended a bloodthirsty week with a stunning comeback against Arsenal. Richarlison had equalized Everton eleven minutes before the end of regular time after Martin Odegaard scored the opening goal in stoppage time in the first half after a cross from Kieran Tierney. Home fans were delighted that the winner came after Richarlison had also ruled out two goals by the video assistant referee for offside before the equalizer was scored. Few fans could have expected such a feat after their recent appearances - had Everton not won it would have been their worst form since 1994. Instead, it was reminiscent of the club's shape earlier in the season as they made back-to-back home comeback wins and rose to fourth. And it was the perfect response to dozens of fans who left their seats after 27 minutes to protest the club's leadership, the timing being an indication of the club's 27-year wait for a trophy. Consistent with their early season success, Gray was Everton's most dangerous player, but he was assisted by Richarlison, who showed great tenacity to score the third time. His header in a weak first half just before Odegaard scored for Arsenal was clearly offside, but the frustration for the Brazilian and 35,000 Everton fans in a noisy Goodison Park was palpable when a second goal was ruled out due to his toe The Arsenal defensive line stood inches above the foot. When his header finally fell after Gray hit the crossbar, it changed the mood among a number of fans who were upset by a well-known run of form under majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, despite British-Iranian spending of nearly £ 500m in the past six years. But there was even more joy when Gray found the top corner for his fifth goal of the season. Mikel Arteta's return to a club where he spent five years as a player proved unsuccessful. After making four changes after losing to Manchester United last Thursday, including the return of Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka, Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he was rewarded with a disciplined performance. But a third loss in four games, after eight unbeaten games, will raise further questions about his team, who were defeated for much of the game and seemed uninspired. There was a welcome return for Tierney, who was instrumental in running Arsenal in his first game since mid-October, while Saka posed a threat in place of Emile Smith Rowe on the right. After taking the lead in the second half, they weren't brought back to life until after Everton's goals. Later chances were Odegaard, whose shot was blocked by the brilliant Godfrey, Eddie Nketiah, who hit the post, and Aubameyang, who twisted after Gray's final winner. The defeat means the Gunners stay seventh and have missed a chance to get to fifth via Tottenham. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - follow your team and sign up for notifications on the BBC Sports app to make sure you don't miss a moment

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The FA Cup third round draw is taking place tonight and many are hoping for a better path to the final than last year when Arsenal won the competition (Author: Gardener)

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Arsenal's young players need help; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang problem brewing

Gary Neville: Arsenal's senior players aren't really massive characters. The young players are not the problem. (Author: Gardener)

Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGary Neville says Arsenal's seasoned players are not providing the leadership their youngsters need after losing 2-1 at Everton. The late loss at Goodison Park followed a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Thursday, which meant difficult days for Mikel Arteta and his side. The Gunners led at Old Trafford but eventually lost while Martin Odegaard gave them the advantage on Merseyside before late goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured victory for Rafael Benitez's side. And while Neville believes there are many positives in this young Arsenal squad, he believes the inexperienced players need more help from the older minds in finding ways to get through difficult moments in games. "It just wobbles, doesn't it?" Neville said about Arteta on Monday Night Football after losing to Everton. “He does a good job and then he loses a few and he's under pressure.” I guess when we talk about it's a young team in terms of average age when you go to places like Old Trafford and Goodison Park in a night game, one or the other of the young players will not have seen it that often. "I remember my first game at Anfield and it was tough going to Arsenal at Highbury. You need experience to get you through those tough moments where the crowd goes up and some decisions are made against you and They sense something is happening. Arsenal "older players aren't really massive characters. You don't get these young players through those difficult moments in the game so the other players go under a little. I think there is a lot of talent there. The young players aren't the problem The problem with Arsenal's team is that they don't have the direction or the standards to get you through those turbulent moments that happen at Old Trafford or Goodison and you just feel like you are Wrapping this arm is brewing between Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the captain was substituted on the bench. The Arsenal captain was finally brought on in the 85th minute and had one last chance at a point for his team e , but he grabbed his goal and extended his run without a goal in the Premier League to six games. "I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang in this game," said Neville. “I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​Eddie Nketiah showing up before him. I don't think he'll like the idea of ​​being a substitute, period. “There's always a little mistake between Arteta and Aubameyang. "I know he's the captain, but he leaves him out and it just feels a little uncomfortable and it's going to cause a problem." I suspect if Arteta could probably get money for Aubameyang and he could get someone else, her would probably. "And I bet if Aubameyang could keep going, he probably would because it might get a little sour." Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher criticized the manner in which Arsenal lost to Everton, saying it would be a heavy blow to Mikel Arteta's future aspirations for his side. "I have a lot of time to see what Mikel Arteta said after the game and how he talked about Arsenal's performance," Carragher told MNF. "At Goodison Park and Old Trafford I wouldn't say that I feel abandoned because I'm not an Arsenal fan, but I liked what I saw of Arsenal and Arteta." I could see the organization and their efforts, but obviously not at the level of the teams fighting for the title. "But I thought there was a bit of a lack of bite at Old Trafford, but you can almost understand that. Going to Manchester United is a tough away game." . There is really no such thing as top quality on the Everton team, and Everton only won this because of its excitement and crowd. "That was bad for Arsenal and Arteta in terms of their goals and it was a disturbing sign how they lost." It's not the fact that they lost, they can win their next home game and still be a challenge for them To be in the top 4 but in terms of long-term direction it was bad to lose and how they lost. "Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made no excuses for his side after losing to Everton, saying: The performance they produced was not good enough. No penetration, "Arteta told Sky Sports. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, created four big chances, but conceded a very sloppy goal when you have to manage the game. "They won't give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to leave, we kept putting pressure on us. When asked if Everton's Ben Godfrey should have been sent off, Arteta said, "That decision was made, I'm sure VAR has checked it out. "What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even if you don't do your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and this game lost is nothing. " Well. If the opponent is there, you have to do it and we don't. It wasn't good enough. "He added," They were there to be taken and when that happens they have to be grabbed and killed. We had a similar thing against Manchester United and we deserved a lot more, but we didn't get the points. We had opportunities to score and "when we didn't, it wasn't good enough. The performance in general wasn't good enough." Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard was disappointed with the defeat and said his side had stopped playing , especially after taking the lead with his goal just before half-time. I think in general we weren't at the level we needed to be today. "We had some good moments but we have to get a lot better. It's hard to tell what exactly happened. We have to get better when we have that guidance. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play "is [a thinking problem]. When you lead 1-0 you are afraid of losing the win and I think we did it wrong today. You're aiming for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn't succeed on the pitch. "

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