Koeman explains how Everton exploited this weakness against Arsenal
By Matt Farr
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that his side used aggression to exploit Arsenal on Tuesday night..
Koeman’s side had won just once in their last 10 league games, with only one clean sheet, and they came up against an Arsenal side that were unbeaten in the competition since the opening day of the season.
However, goals from Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams handed the Toffees a priceless victory, fully capitalising against an off-colour Arsenal, and Koeman has revealed what it took for his side to win.
The Everton boss has hailed his side’s aggressive approach, and called for more performances of that kind as the club seek to rectify their below-par start to the season.
Koeman told the Metro: “The key was how we played after 20 minutes. That was the team we like to see, what the fans like.
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“Face to face, aggression, pressing and playing football. It was really poor in the beginning.
“We played every ball back instead of forward and made it difficult. Then there is no chance (normally) against Arsenal – they are too good. The weakness is if you go face to face and be aggressive and you win the battle.
“I hope the players will learn what happened and what we did after 20 minutes is what we need to show. I hope from now on we realise how strong we can be if we play like this.”
Everton are currently 7th in the league, seven points behind the top-four after 16 games, a deficit which could increase to ten points if results go against them on Wednesday night.
They are still unbeaten at Goodison Park this campaign, with four wins and four draws from their eight home league games.
The focus now switches to the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool on Monday, where Koeman will want his side to put in an identical display.
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