Mikel Arteta outlines the Everton weakness Arsenal exploited in Goodison Park success

Arsenal finally ended their dreadful record at Goodison Park on Sunday, with Leandro Trossard’s stunning finish giving Mikel Arteta’s side a 1-0 win over Everton

Arsenal’s short corner routine was specifically developed to exploit a weakness Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff had identified in Everton.

The Gunners picked up a 1-0 win at Goodison Park – their first at Everton’s ground since 2017– and continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season . Arteta’s side struggled to create much against a deep-set Everton defence, with Gabriel Martinelli’s opener ruled out by VAR for offside against Eddie Nketiah in the build-up.

The breakthrough eventually came from Leandro Trossard in the 69th minute as Arsenal produced an intricate flowing passing move from a short corner to score in style. The goal came from one of Arsenal’s 11 corners, which were a key feature of a tight match between two sides of contrasting styles.

Arsenal opted to go short on eight of their corners, deliberately delaying the taking to assess their best option. After it paid off Oleksandr Zinchenko was seen pointing to Arteta on the touchline as the coaching staff celebrated their tactic working.

Asked about the short corners in his post-match press conference, Arteta said: “Yeah we work on everything, as every manager does, to expose the weakness of the opponents and to hide yours. That’s the outcome of what we tried to do. Then the results take care of themselves.

“We found openings in many other ways but we weren’t neat enough to take advantage in the last pass, the last action. Credit to them because they defend the box really well as well. Probably the game would have been really different if Martinelli’s goal had been allowed. It wasn’t. I feel super happy today.”

Trossard finished superbly by opening up his body to direct his left-footed finish in off the far post from Bukayo Saka ’s cut-back. It was the Belgian’s first goal of the season and he explained the ploy to Sky Sports post-match.

“They have a lot of tall guys and they’re good on set-pieces. We wanted to exploit them. We work hard on everything tactically,” he said.

“It’s always nice to help your team, especially with a winning goal. I think it’s a great action. I called B [Bukayo Saka] and he saw me with a perfect lay-off. It went in perfectly and I’m very happy.”

Arsenal received some criticism for the amount of time they took over corners, with the match-winning goal coming after Saka took 26 seconds to put the ball in play. But former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was impressed by the ingenuity of the tactic.

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