Everton admit they knew Arsenal’s weakness in another worry for Mikel Arteta

Everton knew where they would be able to exploit Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees earned a 2-1 victory after Nicolas Pepe’s penalty cancelled out an unfortunate own goal from stand-in captain Rob Holding.

The winner came from the head of Yerry Mina from a corner, and the delivery by Gylfi Sigurdsson was deliberately trying to find a weakness at the near post.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed the plan after the match, and also praised the support of the 2000 supporters that were allowed to attend.

Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports: "There's only 2 thousand of them in but you can hear they are happy. We dug in to a man, we didn't panic and took our chances.

"Yerry Mina is a massive threat in the air, if the delivery is on the money he'll score. We targeted the near post, that's where their weakness is and we got a goal from it.

"There's more to come from me, I am learning my craft. I want to be consistent week in week out."

Their plan is likely to have stemmed from Arsenal’s recent defat against Burnley in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own goal under pressure at the near post.

Ancelotti said in his assessment of the performance to BBC Sport: "We did very well (in our) last few games. Brilliant performances (and) fantastic results. We showed more consistency.

"This season we started well, then we had a difficult moment, but right now I’m really pleased.

"We have fantastic players on set-pieces we score lots of goals. We work on this because we are very dangerous.

"We are pleased; the position in the table is really good. But as I said last week it is not the end of the season, we have to keep fighting.

"But it was a top, top performance today."

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