By Dominic Toner
Football Insider rates the Everton players after their 2-1 victory against Arsenal at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
Maarten Stekelenburg 6 – Was left helpless by a deflection for the opening goal and showed some good decision making coming off his line on several occasions.
Seamus Coleman 7 – Supported the attack well for Everton and scored a delicate header to equaliser just before half-time.
Ashley Williams 9 – Was tested all night by a fluent Arsenal attack and Alexis Sanchez’ free-kick deflected off him for the opening goal. He made up for that with a late winning goal from a corner and celebrated his first goal for Everton wildly.
Phil Jagielka 6 – Defended well on his return to the side, but will now miss the Merseyside derby after a late red card, with a second bookable offence for a blatant shirt pull.
Leighton Baines 8 – Looked much more better going more comfortable and provided a great assist with his weak foot for Seamus Coleman’s goal. Made a fantastic block off the line in stoppage time from an Alex Iwobi shot to secure the three points.
Idrissa Gueye 8 – Broke up play well all game and was just too quick for the Arsenal midfielders.
James McCarthy 7 – Was involved in a hard-fight battle with Granit Xhaka in the midfield and reminded manager Ronald Koeman of his qualities.
Aaron Lennon 6 – The winger attempted several positive dribbles during the game and was just unable to provide the end product.
Ross Barkley 6 – Tried to get into the game and provided an attacking threat, could be set for an extended run in the side.
Enner Valencia 7 – Bright performance from Valencia on his first Premier League start for the club and demonstrated great positivity.
Romelu Lukaku 7 – The sole striker held up play extremely well and linked up with the attacking midfielders. He tested the Arsenal defence all game and showed that he is more than just a goalscorer.
Kevin Mirallas (for Aaron Lennon 68mins) 6
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Enner Valencia 79mins) 6
Ramiro Funes Mori (for James McCarthy 90 mins) 6
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