Yesterday saw us produce one of our best attacking displays in a while. If you watched the full game you’d know that a final score of 5-2 was a massive understatement to how dangerous we were going forward.
Thankfully, that gives me a lot more contenders to be the man of the match than last week, however, not all of them are players you’d perceive to be attacking.
First in the run in for yesterday’s man of the match is Nacho Monreal. Grabbing his second goal of the season, the Spaniard kick-started our day in front of goal with a great half volley after reacting first to Pickford’s parry from a long range effort from Granit Xhaka.
It wasn’t just the goal that defined Monreal’s performance though as he was very composed when doing his primary job in defence. Whether that was with marshalling the ball out of play, making smart tackles or interceptions, Monreal had a great game, the only dampener coming late on when he gifted Everton their second goal of the game with a sloppy back-pass to Petr Cech.
Next up is Alexis Sanchez, who looked to enjoy linked with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the first time all together yesterday. He started to the left of the front three but often roamed from the position to pick up the ball which helped drag Everton defenders out of position and create spaces for people like Ramsey to exploit.
The Chilean’s workman-like performance saw him draw multiple fouls, one of which leading to one of Idrissa Gueye’s two yellow cards. With the extra man, how many we’d score was the only thing in question and thanks to Alexis we able to notch another very late goal as he skipped past a few players on the edge of the box before hitting his shot back across the goal to make it 5-2 and adding to his chipped assist for Ozil’s goal.
Talking of Ozil, he was the very clear man of the match on our trip to Goodison. In the first half he found his groove very quickly and was finding various teammates with ease as we penetrated Everton’s backline time and again, but it was in the second half when his quality really shone through.
Since he’s been at Arsenal, the German has been accused of not wanting ‘it’ enough, well yesterday he showed that he does have a desire to play well and effect games as he started the move for his goal, before running the length of the pitch and nodding past Pickford with a powerful header. He then recorded his first assist of the season after being set free down the right with a brilliant pass from Alexis before waiting for the right moment to move the ball onto Lacazette.
Other than his involvement for the goals, Ozil also got himself about a bit as he won back possession high up the pitch on a few occasions as well as creating a huge eight chances, more than any player in a single game this season. All we ask is that we get more of the same for the rest of the season.