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5 things we learned from Everton v Arsenal

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League table when they were beaten 2-1 by Everton at Goodison Park.

It was a huge result for the Toffees, who went into the match on a poor run and were behind inside 20 minutes.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from the match.

OLD HABITS DIE HARD FOR ARSENAL

Playing against a side with only one win from 10 league games, this was a golden opportunity for Arsenal to put real pressure on title rivals Chelsea. But, after taking the lead, they sat back and allowed Everton to stir up the crowd. They were duly punished and, if either team deserved the three points, it was undoubtedly Everton. For all the encouraging signs this season, there was a lack of ruthlessness here that has cost Arsenal before and will do again.

THEO WALCOTT STILL GOES MISSING

Walcott has been rightly praised for his performances this season and has backed that up with an impressive goal haul. But here he was anonymous for the 71 minutes he was on the pitch before being replaced by Olivier Giroud. It is games like this that could well cost Arsenal come the end of the season and they were sorely lacking in intensity.

THERE'S LIFE IN EVERTON

With the Toffees stuck in such a miserable run, conceding first, especially in the manner they did, could have seen heads go down. But instead they fought back, the fans stuck with them and they got their reward. Imagination was in short supply in Everton's attacks but they made up for that with perseverance. Seamus Coleman's equaliser just before half-time was crucial and they grew in stature throughout the second half. If ever there was a result to mark a change in fortunes, this was surely it.

RONALD KOEMAN IS STILL UNSURE OF HIS BEST CENTRE-BACK PARTNERSHIP

After two games with Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori at the heart of Everton's defence, manager Koeman brought back Phil Jagielka in place of the Argentinian. They looked vulnerable to Arsenal's pace and both centre-backs were culpable for Arsenal's goal, with Williams tackling his own man, Jagielka felling Francis Coquelin and then Williams deflecting Alexis Sanchez's free-kick past Maarten Stekelenburg. They did improve, with Jagielka adding a calmness, but his late sending-off will mean another change for the derby next Monday.

ENCOURAGING SIGNS FROM ROSS BARKLEY

Barkley was back in the starting line-up for the first time in three matches and looked woefully short on confidence in the first half. He was misplacing even short passes and hesitating on the ball, and the crowd were quick to show their frustration. The second half was a different story, though. Barkley looked more assured, was not afraid to drive at the Arsenal defence, and it was his corner that was headed in by Williams for the winner. Everton are crying out for Barkley at his best and Koeman will hope this is a sign of better things to come from the playmaker, who is still only 23.

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