It was certainly a day to remember for Everton as a Phil Jagielka strike in the 10th minute helped the Merseyside club to a deserved 1-0 win over Arsenal in a Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Sunday. And the Toffees earned a big achievement while doing so.
Everton headed into the encounter on the back of equally impressive victories over Chelsea and West Ham United in recent weeks, with the latest win which came against the Champions League-chasing Arsenal giving Everton a third successive win without conceding a goal.
For Marco Silva’s side, it marked the first time in two years and three months since January 2017 that the club had won three successive matches in the English top flight without letting a goal in.
Even more impressive for Everton is the fact that the win over Arsenal ended a run of four consecutive losses in the league against the Gunners, whose aspirations of finishing in the top four suffered a major setback with the result.
The win lifted Everton to ninth place on the Premier League table with 46 points, one point behind Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and ahead of Watford on goal difference.
However, Wolves and Watford, who face each other in the FA Cup semi-final for the right to face Manchester City in the final next month, both have a game in hand over the Toffees with six games left in the season.
For the Gunners, it continued a miserable run of form away from home this season. Unai Emery’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in away games this season.
Coupled with that dismal record, the Gunners have also won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League. And that win came at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town.
As a result, Arsenal find themselves in fourth place on the league table with 63 points, a point behind arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in third place.
The Gunners also only lead London rivals Chelsea by virtue of a better goal difference and have just a two-point lead over Manchester United as the thrilling race to finish in the top four is set to go down the wire.
Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Watford while Everton have a somewhat easier task awaiting them in the trip to face relegated Fulham. The Cottagers were relegated on Tuesday following a 4-1 demolition at the hands of Watford.
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