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Toffees get Jagielka goal to beat Arsenal

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  • Jagielka scores early
  • Everton moves ninth
  • Toffees out-attempt Gunners 22-7

Phil Jagielka wasn’t even supposed to start yet scored the game’s only goal as Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Everton were the better team on the day and missed several chances to buttress their advantage, but came out on top and move to within a point of seventh.

Arsenal remains fourth with 63 points.

Jordan Pickford recorded his third-straight clean sheet for the Gunners, and first since an off-field altercation.

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Only in the lineup because Michael Keane came down with a virus, Jagielka darted onto a loose ball to open the scoring with an 11th minute goal. A long throw was nodded to the back post by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jagielka poked it home.

Lucas Digne had his foot on the line when he launched the throw, which was not spotted by officials.

The Toffees were better money for the next goal, too, and Gylfi Sigurdsson put a ball into the gloves of Bernd Leno in the 38th minute to give the Toffees five of the game’s six total attempts and the only two on target.

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Ramsey volleyed over the cross bar from inside the 18 when Jordan Pickford weakly punched a 48th minute chance to the Welshman.

Leno made a few more prime stops, including chances for Richarlison and Bernard, as the Gunners stayed alive for the point which could take them ahead of rivals Spurs.

Everton 3-1 Burnley: Toffees carry open second half

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  • Jagielka, Vokes trade goals
  • Barkley produces winner via o.g.
  • Lukaku adds classy insurance goal

Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku helped Everton to a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Ben Mee scored an own goal for Everton’s third, and Sam Vokes won and converted a penalty for the Clarets’ lone marker.

The Toffees rise fifth for the moment, though they’ve played three more matches than both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Burnley sits 14th, eight points clear of the drop zone.

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Everton had the better of early play, though the teams traded chances after the quarter-hour mark.

First Burnley did well to stop an Everton attack down the right side, and then Ross Barkley had to clear off the line when Michael Keane‘s header beat Joel Robles.

Joey Barton sent Sam Vokes in on goal, but Phil Jagielka’s pressure allowed Robles to close down the angle and slap away Vokes’ shot.

Barkley had a chance denied by Tom Heaton as the half wound toward halftime, and then saw his deflected free kick just miss the far post.

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Things escalated quickly out of the break, with both sides potting goals. First Jagielka continued his scoring ways with a header, and then Vokes converted a penalty to have it 1-1 in short order.

The penalty was another poor mark on Robles’ day, as the keeper dragged down Vokes in seemingly unnecessary fashion.

Everton then looked good money to a match-winner, and Barkley’s shot needed two deflections to find its way past Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.

Lukaku nabbed his goal when he turned and burned Keane before pushing the ball home with the outside of his foot.

Manchester United 1-1 Everton: Late Zlatan PK saves streak

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  • Jagielka pokes pretty goal
  • Zlatan equalizer called offside
  • Man Utd fifth with 54 points

Manchester United needed a stoppage time penalty kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend its unbeaten PL run to 20 matches after a 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The streak, which dates back to an Oct. 23, 2016 loss at Chelsea, was kept alive when Ashley Williams handled Luke Shaw‘s last ditch shot. Williams was shown red.

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Phil Jagielka scored Everton’s goal, while the Toffees were lucky to see a Zlatan Ibrahimovic would-be equalizer flagged for offside.

Ronald Koeman came just short of becoming the first manager to win his first three Premier League matches at Old Trafford

United now has a 6W-9D-1L record at Old Trafford in league play this season. The Red Devils sit fifth with 54 points, and Everton sits seventh with 51.

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Marcus Rashford showed speed to get around Phil Jagielka, though the defender slid to give his teammate a corner that would come to nothing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a second too long before ripping a shot of his own. Ashley Williams blocked that particular effort, but United has created two legit chances within five minutes.

Everton settled into the match about a quarter-hour in, though Kevin Mirallas‘ tight-angled effort shouldn’t have caught David De Gea off guard for the corner.

That’s when Jagielka struck gold. The defender was being held by Marcos Rojo and stuck his leg out to push the ball past De Gea for a very cute goal.

Joel Robles made a flying save on a Daley Blind free kick, and then another on Ander Herrera from open play in the 39th minute.

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United nearly went level when Eric Bailly headed a corner kick off the bar above Robles.

Ashley Young was at the heart of a pair of early second half skirmishes, earning a yellow card during the second.

Young needed to leave with injury in the 65th minute, paving the way for Luke Shaw’s entry. Shaw had been publicly dressed down by Jose Mourinho just this weekend.

Ibrahimovic was flagged for offside as his diving header beat Robles in the 71st minute. The margin was razor-thin, if offside.

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David De Gea had a disappointing series of plays that began with allowing a Kevin Mirallas-prodded corner and ended with him tentative while Phil Jagielka made a cute finish.

The Everton defender was being held by Chris Smalling and stuck his leg out to push the ball past De Gea.

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Tom Heaton has kept the hosts in it, which is a sentence that can be applied to many of Burnley’s recent matches.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Everton rescue Ivanovic, Insigne to Arsenal

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Just nine days remain until the transfer window closes, and teams are gearing up for the stretch run that always provides plenty of action despite what’s been an uncharacteristically quiet January so far.

Chelsea has already shed a bit of dead weight in sending Oscar to China, and they could find suitors for another cast-away in Branislav Ivanovic as well. According to the Liverpool Echo, Ronald Koeman is hoping to bring Ivanovic to Everton as the Toffees look to secure a top seven position in the table.

Ivanovic has been a staple at Chelsea for years, but since being dropped by Antonio Conte on October 1st, he’s managed just 43 Premier League minutes as the Blues exploded on their record-tying winning streak. The 33-year-old doesn’t exactly fit into Conte’s system, but he apparently intrigues the Everton front office.

That move, apparently, could be the trigger that forces a longtime Everton defender to see his way out. According to the Daily Mail, Toffees captain Phil Jagielka has spoken with with Koeman to discuss his future at the club. Jagielka, like Ivanovic, began the season as an obvious choice in the starting lineup, but was dropped in early December and has seen just two Premier League appearances since as Everton has lost just twice since then.

Over in Italy, Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne is having a fantastic season, and it’s alerting clubs domestically and abroad. His contract doesn’t expire in Naples until 2019, but there’s talk of a contract extension due to his stellar season which has seen him bag six Serie A goals and five assists in 20 appearances. According to reports in Italy, Insigne is now shelving contract talks with interest abound. AC Milan is also said to be desiring his services as they push to break into the top echelon of the table, but the Gunners could also swoop, especially if Napoli is unwilling to match his contract demands.

One player who is wanted across the Premier League is Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie. With links to Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea as well as Paris Saint-Germain, it’s certain to gain steam as Deadline Day approaches, but according to reports in Europe, Atalanta is prepared to ward off all interest by turning down all bids for the player. Kessie, an Ivory Coast international, has helped Atalanta to the 7th spot in the Serie A table, but is currently on international duty in the African Cup of Nations. He has six goals this season from the defensive midfield spot, although four of those came in the first three league games of the season.