Rafael Benitez hails Everton’s ‘perfect’ comeback win over Arsenal

Everton Boss Rafael Benitez has said it was a “perfect” night after his side’s winless ended dramaticly with a 2-1 back-leaning win Arsenal at Goodison Park.

After Martin Odegaard’s volley in first-half injury time put the visitors ahead, Richarlison – who had two attempts ruled out for offside via VAR checking either side of the opener – was equalize with a header in the 79th minute, in the following sequel Demarai Grey go drink.

Gray then secured the Toffees’ first win in nine Premier League hang out by posting a good strike in the post in the second minute of added time at the end.

Benitez said in his post-match press conference: “I think we saw character in the first games (of the season) and today it was even better, in terms of two disallowed goals and counterattacks. response of the whole team, the fans behind the team. , everyone cheered in the end for the great goal Demarai scored, and three points after that bad game.

The fans’ disappointment in some games, it’s because they obviously want to see the team win. But no one can complain about the commitment, desire, effort of the players

Rafael Benitez

“So I think everything is, you might say, perfect, no? In terms of players, fans, performances and the final score. ”

The match ended in a delirious crowd, which had previously seen a small number of Everton fans leave their seats in protest at the running of the club. The rally went on at 27 minutes, it’s been 27 years, to 2022, since they last won a trophy.

“I think since I came here, from day one, the fans have been really good,” said Benitez.

“The fans’ disappointment in some games, it’s because obviously they want to see the team win. But no one can complain about the commitment, desire, effort of the players.

“We can complain about decisions in the last third or mistakes, but not about commitment. Today, I think the fans can appreciate that from the first minute.

“So I think they stick with the team, and today is another proof that we’re together, we’re stronger, and that’s what we have to do until the end of the season.”

Victory comes a day after Marcel Brands stepped down from his role as Everton’s director of football, and the club said that Benitez will continue to receive owner Farhad Moshiri and the “full support” of the board, after a painful 4-1 loss last Wednesday to Liverpool.

When asked about Brands’ departure, Benitez said: “I think we have to think about the future now and then try to move in the right direction together.

“Sometimes you have an idea, maybe right, maybe wrong. But the reality is that the club has not progressed at the pace that perhaps everyone expected. Now it’s important to be positive about the future and make sure that all the really hard working people like us in the club are moving in the same direction. “

Benitez, who went from 16th to 12th in the table, also revealed that Yerry Mina was forced off in the first half due to a calf problem.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports after the game: “In the first half we were very inconsistent with the ball. I do not like it. No penetration. One of the few times we did that, we scored. In the second half we tried to do more of that, created four big chances but conceded very sloppy goals when you need to manage the game.”

Arteta, whose team is still seventh after a third defeat in four games, added: “What I want is more from my team. Today you are in control of the game even though you are not playing your best and you have to find a way to win. The way we concede goals and lose this game is not a good thing.

“It could have been very different but we didn’t. When the opponent is there to force you to do it and we are not. It’s not good enough. “ Rafael Benitez hails Everton’s ‘perfect’ comeback win over Arsenal


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