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Everton 0-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as ‘magical’ Trossard ends Gunners’ Goodison misery

By Squawka News

Everton 0-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as 'magical' Trossard ends Gunners' Goodison misery

Published: 18:35, 17 September 2023

A stunning second-half Leandro Trossard strike ensured Arsenal finally ended their miserable run at Goodison Park, beating Everton 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners arrived on Merseyside without an away win against the Toffees in their last five Premier League visits — losing four and drawing once — last winning here back in October 2017 when Ronald Koeman and Arsene Wenger were the men in charge.

But from minute one, an Arsenal victory looked like the only outcome. The Gunners were shown far too much respect by their hosts, who barely threatened David Raya’s goal to the point where the Spaniard had to make just one save on his debut for the club. That said, Everton put in a resolute defensive performance with every man throwing their body on the line to try and secure just their second point of the season.

In the end, it took a moment of pure magic from substitute Leandro Trossard in the 69th minute to decide the match, with the Belgian winger firing an excellent first-time finish off the far post after a mesmerising set-piece routine from Arsenal.

The win leaves Arsenal joint-second alongside Liverpool and Tottenham ahead of facing the latter in the North London derby next week, while Everton are 18th with just a single point from five games.

Here are the full player ratings from Goodison Park:


Jordan Pickford – 6 – Could do nothing about the goal. Was unironically one of Everton’s best passers of the game.

Ashley Young – 7 – Defended well against first Martinelli, then Trossard.

James Tarkowski – 6 – Had a few scary moments holding onto the ball a little too long but put in a good shift.

Jarrad Branthwaite – 7 – Looks incredibly mature at the heart of the Everton defence. Another positive performance as Branthwaite continues to grow his profile.

Vitalii Mykolenko – 6 – Struggled at times to cope with the pace and trickery of Saka, but held his own. Made a great block to stop Vieira making it 2-0 in the final quarter.

Idrissa Gueye – 4 – Worked hard without the ball but was once again incredibly frustrating and wasteful once he got hold of it.

Amadou Onana – 4 – Neat and tidy without ever really standing out. Should’ve been the one to offer Everton a platform with the ball but was unable to.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7 – Continues to run his socks off for Everton and Sean Dyche. One of the few in blue who tried to put Arsenal on the back foot.

Dwight McNeil – 5 – Restricted to trying to back up his full-back. Put in the hard yards but cut a frustrated figure.

Beto – 6 – Had to feed off the very definition of scraps with just 17 touches of the ball, but provided a decent physical outlet for Everton.

Arnaut Danjuma – 5 – Stood alongside Doucoure as one of the few Evertonians willing to have a meaningful run at Arsenal, but just didn’t see enough of the ball.


Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Beto, 66′) – 6 – Tried his best to liven up the Everton attack.

James Garner (for Doucoure, 80′) – 4 – Touched the ball five times and didn’t complete a single pass.

Nathan Patterson (for Young, 87′) – N/A – A late sub.

Youssef Chermiti (for McNeil, 88′) – N/A – As above.

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David Raya – 6 – Barely had to do anything but was alert and precise with the ball.

Ben White – 7 – Looked like he was enjoying himself with more freedom to push forward against a deep Everton side.

William Saliba – 8 – Shut down any notion of an Everton counter-attack, time and time again.

Gabriel – 7 – As solid and reliable as ever.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8 – Another excellent performance in his midfield/left-back hybrid role.

Declan Rice – 8 – Metronomic with his passing, carried the ball with purpose and was alert to stop anything coming the other way.

Fabio Vieira – 7 – A busy performance in a rare start for the technically gifted Portuguese midfielder.

Martin Odegaard – 6 – By no means his brightest match, but Odegaard still provided some moments of supreme quality.

Bukayo Saka – 8 – Provided the assist for Trossard’s winner and kept Everton pinned with his speed and skill. Now has a direct goal involvement in five of his six competitive matches so far this season.

Eddie Nketiah – 4 – Very isolated, couldn’t figure out a way to get around Everton’s deep defence.

Gabriel Martinelli – 7 – Was looking menacing and had a goal cruelly ruled out for offside just before he was forced off with an injury in the 24th minute.


Leandro Trossard (for Martinelli, 24′) – 9 – Picked up where Martinelli left off and decided the game with a magical left-footed finish at Pickford’s far post.

Gabriel Jesus (for Nketiah, 66) – 4 – Looked off the pace, barely touched the ball.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (for Zinchenko, 80′) – 7 – Helped get the job done from the bench.

Kai Havertz (for Vieira, 80′) – 6 – Looked calm and came in handy with his physical presence.