Everton 1 Arsenal 0
Jagielka 10

Arsenal succumbed to another away day shocker with a 1-0 loss at Everton. The Gunners have had a miserable away day sequence, winning only five Premier League games. Contrast that with their form at the Emirates where they have lost only once in fifteen Premier League matches, and you can see where Arsenal have to remedy the situation. Everton took only ten minutes to get what would prove to be the only goal of the game. Phil Jagielka reacted the quickest to poke home from close range following a throw in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed on. Shkodran Mustafi’s defensive work has been called into question of late, and the German will feel that he should have been alert to the loose ball danger.

In truth, Everton could have gotten a greater advantage over Arsenal who only really responded after the break. Alexandre Lacazette had a chance he would normally have struck cleanly, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan curled just past the post. That really was as good as it got for the Gunners, who had Bernd Leno to thank for denying Olivier Bernard, Richarlison and Gyllfi Sigurdsson.

The withdrawal of Mesut Ozil seemed to be baffling, but while Matteo Guendouzi was his effervescent self, there was little in the way of getting his side back into a game that they really should have not lost in the Champions League scheme of things.

Tempers flared on the touch line when Marco Silva and Unai Emery exchanged a difference of opinion when Mustafi clipped Calvert-Lewin. If only Emery’s side had shown that steel in the correct channels, and we might have had a different scenario at Goodison Park.

Emery said that his side ” lost consistency,” with the loss.

“We know it’s going to be difficult and that we are going to have to take opportunities like today. It was a good opportunity to take three points today and continue [in third] in the table, but after the result we are fourth.

“We need to be consistent in 38 matches but we lost that consistency today. We will have more chances, more opportunities in the next matches. It depends on us and also on other teams. After this result, we can be negative because it’s three points lost, but it’s in our hands to continue to take chances to be in the top four.”

With Premier League trips to Watford, Wolves, Leicester and Burnley, Emery will have to find a solution to his side’s away day woes if Arsenal are to finish in a Champions League spot for next season.

“I don’t think that we lost today because we were very bad. I think It was a bad result and not a good performance, but we are still fourth. We wanted to leave here in third position but we are in fourth. I knew it was going to be difficult before and after the game I think the same. We lost an opportunity and today we didn’t show our best performance.

” We didn’t impose our gameplay against them. We are thinking about our match on Thursday and the Premier League game against Watford away. We need to be consistent in the next matches and if we do that we can win. There’s some frustration collectively with the result, but we won’t change our idea and our work,” he said.

Arsenal next host Napoli in their Europa League first leg quarter-final Thursday before the trip to Vicarage Road on Sunday.