[News] Arsenal loses 1-0 at Everton in shock Premier League defeat

Liverpool: Arsenal lost in the Premier League for just the second time this season as Everton pulled off a surprising 1-0 win over the leaders on Saturday in its first match under new manager Sean Dyche.

A couple of Dyche’s former players at Burnley did the business for him at a lively Goodison Park.

James Tarkowski headed in an inswinging corner to the far post from Dwight McNeil for the winning goal in the 60th minute, capping a performance of intensity and desire from a team that started the match in next-to-last place.

Abdoulaye Doucoure celebrates following their sides victory.Credit:

While Everton climbed out of the relegation zone at least temporarily, Arsenal tasted defeat in the league for the first time since losing at Manchester United on September 4.

Second-place Manchester City can trim the gap to Arsenal to two points with a win at Tottenham on Sunday, though Arsenal would still have a game in hand.

It will go down as one of Arsenal’s worst performances of the season, at a time when Mikel Arteta’s team was looking in prime shape to go on and win the league for the first time since 2004.

“This is not going to be a rose pathway,” Arteta said. “This is going to be tricky and we will have to dig in and play much better than we did today.”

Everton showed improved shape and organization under Dyche, characteristics he demanded of his well-drilled Burnley teams over the years and ones he sees as integral if his new club is to preserve its 69-year top-flight status.

Dyche said he had crammed a lot of instructions to his players into his first week on the job and wanted to get them to “understand the basics of the game.”

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