Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi was subbed on in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Everton in their Premier League clash at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.
Phil Jagielka’s goal secured a third straight win for the Toffees and put a setback to Arsenal’s top-four hopes.
The Gunners remain fourth in the Premier League table but are vulnerable to fifth-placed Chelsea and sixth-placed Manchester United as the battle for the Champions League positions intensifies.
Arsenal had a good chance to score in the first two minutes when Alexandre Lacazette broke into a dangerous position before feeding Mesut Ozil, but eventually, Everton managed to clear their lines after a period of panic.
It was the home side that made the breakthrough in the 10th minute, though Jagielka.
The experienced centre-back converted from close range after Arsenal had failed to deal with a corner kick.
Andre Gomes tried his luck for Everton in the 16th minute as the home side looked to double their advantage, but the loanee midfielder’s effort was always moving wide of the post.
The Gunners have still not kept a single away clean sheet in the Premier League this season and looked capable of shipping more goals at Goodison as the team in blue continued to throw players forward.
Idrissa Gueye was next to try his luck for Marco Silva’s side in the 25th minute, but his strike was always moving wide of the Arsenal post.
Gylfi Sigurdsson then struck into the arms of Bernd Leno in the 37th minute after the Iceland international found all sorts of space in the gap between Arsenal’s midfield and three centre-backs.
The home side had so many chances late on as space continued to arrive on the break, but Arsenal could not find a goal in the five minutes of added time as Everton eased to a 1-0 success.
Next up for the Toffees is a trip to Fulham on Saturday, while Arsenal are in Europa League quarter-final action against Serie A side Napoli on Thursday night.
By Johnny Edward