Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Player ratings as Ross Barkley sparkles

Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Player ratings as the Toffees outclass the Gunners at Goodison Park

By Liam Garrahan
Everton
3
Arsenal
0

Everton

Tim Howard Made a super save from Podolski’s mis-hit shot and had superb control of his area. 7/10

Seamus Coleman Attacked well and rarely let Podolski get the better of him. 7

John Stones Got caught out a few times but had the experienced head of Sylvain Distin alongside him to pick him back up again. 6

Sylvain Distain All over Giroud and barely gave him a sniff in front of goal. 7

Leighton Baines Linked up well with Mirallas, something we haven’t seen since his days of linking up with Steven Pienaar. 6

James McCarthy A good performance, he quietly went about his business and closed down Carzola well. 7

Gareth Barry As strong as ever in midfield, stopped the Arsenal attacks dead. 8

Leon Osman Caught Szczesny flat-footed but was unlucky to see his looping volley drop wide. Taken off early due to an injury. N/A

Steven Naismith Opened the scoring from Lukaku’s rebounded shot and was lively. 8

Kevin Mirallas Forced Arteta into scoring an own goal and was a handful throughout the game. 7

Romelu Lukaku Scored a brilliant goal after the Arsenal centre backs gave him too much space. 8

Substitutes

Ross Barkley (man of the match) An early replacement for Osman and slotted into place dictating the midfield play. A world-class performance. 9

Aidan McGeady N/A

Gerard Deulofeu N/A

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Made a good save from Lukaku but was unlucky to see the rebound fall to Naismith. 6

Bacary Sagna Got himself forward well and looked dangerous. Gave up too much space defensively and let Everton exploit this. 5

Per Mertesacker Couldn’t cope with Lukaku and gave up a lot of room which let the Belgian score. 4

Thomas Vermaelen Looked a shadow of his early season form and did not stick tight enough to Naismith. 4

Nacho Monreal Probably Arsenal’s best player today, he got forward well and put in some threatening crosses. 6

Mathieu Flamini Overran by the Everton attacking threat. 4

Mikel Arteta An unhappy return to his former club after he scored an own goal. 4

Tomas Rosicky Didn’t have his best game and his passing was careless. 5

Santi Carzola Had a poor game and was part of an Arsenal midfield who had no positive influence on the game. 5

Lukas Podolski Forced a good save out of Tim Howard but was quiet aside from that. 4

Olivier Giroud Struggled. He’s been holding the Arsenal frontline all season and his fatigue is starting to show. Needs backup. 4

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Sharp and tried to run at the Everton defence. 5

Aaron Ramsey Ramsey looked like he lacked match fitness on his return from injury. 5

Yaya Sanogo Had a goal ruled out for offside. 5

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