Everton player ratings v Arsenal: Doucoure woeful, Demarai Gray brilliant
Everton ended the season with a humiliating 5-1 defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday (22 May) at the Emirates Stadium.
The Toffees went 2-0 down in the first half, but they pulled one back through Donny van de Beek. In the second half, the Gunners took the game away with more fantastic attacking football.
The Toffees, who already secured their Premier League survival, made as many as six changes from the side that won against Crystal Palace, but his much-changed side failed to put on a show.
Here, Goodison News has rated the players out of 10 for their performances against Arsenal:
Asmir Begovic – 6
He made a strong save deny Gabrielle Martinelli in the first half from point blank range. He was not at fault for the goals conceded in the first half. He could have done better for the fourth goal, but can’t blame him really.
Mason Holgate – 6
He was solid at the back and made some good interceptions and blocks. In the second half, he looked more assured with his positioning and clearances. He made an excellent diving tackle inside the box to deny Lokonga.
Michael Keane – 5
The centre-back made one or two strong blocks in the first half, as the Toffees defence looked ragged. For the third goal, the defence completely switched off, and for the fourth, he was guilty of failing to maintain the offside line.
Jarrad Branthwaite – 5
He made a solid defensive contribution to deny Bukayo Saka in the second half. He covered a lot of ground to prevent him from scoring, but at the same time, he was at fault for failing to maintain the offside line for Gabriel.
Jonjoe Kenny – 5
Looked solid at left-back but lacked the quality to move forward and create anything from the flanks. That sums up his career in a nutshell – he is decent but not good enough to play week in week out.
Alex Iwobi – 7
He was really unfortunate to concede the penalty in the first half. However, he tried to make amends by providing a delicious ball for Gray, but he couldn’t hit the target.
Tom Davies – 5
Neat and tidy in passing in the first half. This was his first start of the season, and he looked really rusty. In the absence of Doucoure, the midfield looked absolutely toothless, as Davies couldn’t control the midfield at all. Got booked for a silly dive as well.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 3
He once looked below par during the game. There was hardly any movement from him, neither he did well in defensive duties. He picked up an injury and was substituted after 37 mins.
Demarai Gray – 8
He got two very good chances in the first half but wasted both of them. Still he looked lively, but the decision making could have been a lot better. He covered a lot of ground and made some good tackles as well.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6
He looked sharp with his movements but there weren’t clear balls for him to exploit his strengths. The England striker worked extremely hard. The midfield was completely overrun, and he didn’t get any supply from his teammates.
Dele Alli – 5
He provided a smart flick for Gray to open up the space. However, Gray could only manage to hit the goalkeeper. Larely anonymous in the second half as the Gunners piled pressure. He was taken off in the 66th min.
Donny van de Beek (on for Doucoure’ 37mins) – 7
Anthony Gordon (on for Dele Alli’ 66 mins) – NA
Issac Price (on for Tom Davies’ 77 mins) – NA
He made an instant impact as he pulled one back for the visitors. The Dutchman looked sharp and lively, and looked better once Anthony Gordon came on.