By Dominic Toner
Everton defender Ashley Williams scored a dramatic late winner against Arsenal on Tuesday night – and the club’s supporters were thrilled on Twitter with his performance.
The 32-year-old endured a mixed game in the 2-1 victory over the Gunners, with Alexis Sanchez’ free-kick deflecting off him to hand Arsenal the opening goal.
Seamus Coleman equalised before half-time and Williams made up for his mistake with an 86th minute winner.
The centre-back showed the desire to meet the ball from a corner and headed home his first goal for the club.
The Toffees moved up seventh-placed in the Premier League table with the three points and manager Ronald Koeman will be targeting a European spot.
Everton fans were delighted with Williams’ first goal in an Everton shirt and believe he has a big future at the club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The passion from Williams after scoring is needed right through the team #EFC
— MARK 1878 ETID (@trueblue1903) December 13, 2016
All the Ashley williams haters go and stand. In the corner
— Andy Williams( EFC ) (@evertonandy1) December 13, 2016
WILLIAMS!!!!! ???????????????????????? #EFC
— Ethan Hughes (@ethanhughes7) December 13, 2016
— Jack Barnes (@Jack_barnes1878) December 13, 2016
Big Ashley Williams . Captain of walessss.
— Deano Riley (@DeanoEFC90) December 13, 2016
Ash Williams ????????????????????????????
— CeeJay⚽️⚡️ (@CJ_AllenEFC97) December 13, 2016
Williams will be desperate to show the kind of form that has made him one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers in recent seasons.
The Wales international was very consistent at his former club Swansea and was purchased in the summer to improve a struggling Everton defence.
He is yet to show his best form for the Merseyside club, but proved against Arsenal that he his a top centre-back and will be ready to go for the rival match with Liverpool next Monday.
Williams is likely to partner Ramiro Funes Mori against Liverpool after Phil Jagielka received a late red card against Arsenal.
In other Everton news, Football Insider gives the player ratings from the win against Arsenal.