Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LateWilliams Goal Seals Good Win for Everton; EVERTON 2 ARSENAL1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LateWilliams Goal Seals Good Win for Everton; EVERTON 2 ARSENAL1

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ARSENAL missed the chance to go top of the table as Everton rediscoverede muchneeded self-belief to come from behind and score a late winner at Goodison Park.

Only their second victory in 11 Premier League matches was secured by the head of Ashley Williams in the 86th-minute as the defender picked the perfect time to score his first goal for the club.

Earlier, a deflection off Williams from Alexis Sanchez's shot had put Everton behind - but they fought back to prevail.

It represented an impressive turnaround from a side who looked resigned to being second-best to the Gunners during the early stages, only for Seamus Coleman's header just before the break to boost their confidence levels.

The win relieved some of the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman, who brought back Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon and handed Enner Valencia his first Premier League start since arriving on loan from West Ham in the summer but, with a Merseyside derby to come on Monday, left out Gareth Barry.

It also ended Arsenal's unbeaten league run stretching back to the second weekend of the season as they failed to take advantage of a comfortable opening 20 minutes in which, after the unmarked but offbalance Mesut Ozil ballooned over, Arsenal were dominant and Everton compliant.

The general perception it would be when and not if the Gunners scored was realised after haphazard and comical defending.

Williams clattered into team-mate Idrissa Gana Gueye as he panicked to clear, allowing Francis Coquelin to draw Phil Jagielka into a soft foul on the edge of the area.

Williams compounded his mistake as he appeared to be taken by surprise by Sanchez's low free-kick around the wall, allowing the ball to hit him to divert it past the wrong-footed Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Chile international has now scored or assisted 27 goals in his last 27 league matches, netting 19 of those. …

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