The typically tense crowd at Goodison Park was anything but on Sunday afternoon. It is a ground that Arsenal have frequently struggled to control the crowd at in recent years, often letting the home supporters dictate the tempo of the game.
But yesterday was different. The roles were reversed as the Gunners' methodical approach on the ball took the wind out of Everton fans' sails.
In the end, Mikel Arteta's side secured a 1-0 victory thanks to a pinpoint strike from Leandro Trossard in the second half. It was Arsenal's first win on Merseyside in six years and they did so by barely conceding a shot on David Raya's goal.
In fact, Everton registered just one shot on target, posing little to no threat on the day to help Arteta and Co record their 12th league clean sheet since the start of the 2022/23 campaign — by far and away the best tally of any team in the English top-flight. Reigning champions Manchester City, along with Marco Silva's Fulham, are their nearest rivals in that category, each shutting out their opponents seven times in away matches during the same time period.
For some reason, the Gunners seem to love playing away from the Emirates Stadium, allowing just 1.35xGA (expected goals conceded) across their two away matches this term, as per Understat. Although he didn't play on Sunday, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale seems to have his best games when the home crowd are on his back, responding brilliantly to their taunting.
Meanwhile, the centre-half pairing of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes continues to dominate on the road, celebrating every block, clearance and tackle like an injury-time winner. Add in club-record signing Declan Rice to the mix and suddenly Arsenal have one of the best transitional-controllingRead on football.london