James Tarkowski’s second-half header gave the Toffees their first victory since October and lifted them out of the relegation zone as new Everton manager Sean Dyche’s tenure got off to an impressive start with a 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
The Gunners are five-points ahead of second-place Manchester City who travel to Tottenham on Sunday.
Everton appeared to be a much-improved team in Dyche’s first game in charge, following the sacking of Frank Lampard. They tormented Arsenal the entire game and nearly took the lead in the first half thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
On the hour mark, a corner from fellow ex-Burnley player Dwight McNeil resulted in a goal for the hosts thanks to a strong header from Tarkowski that soared past Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal did provide challenges, as seen by Bukayo Saka‘s first-half shot that forced Tarkowski to clear the goal line and Eddie Nketiah’s close-range miss.
Day-of-deadline signing Jorginho made his Gunners debut off-the-bench, but he was unable to make a significant impact on the outcome of the match.
With this win, Everton moved up to 17th, one point above the relegation zone.