Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Player ratings as Gunners win - but no title

  • Kai Havertz scored late on to seal 2-1 win over Everton on final day
  • Arsenal fell behind in the first half with Takehiro Tomiyasu scoring equaliser
  • Man City's 3-1 win over West Ham saw them crowned champions
Kai Havertz struck late on for Arsenal
Kai Havertz struck late on for Arsenal / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages
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Kai Havertz struck late for Arsenal to seal a 2-1 win over Everton on the final day of the season, but Manchester City's win over West Ham meant the Gunners' title dream was dashed.

A fervent pre-game atmosphere in north London was tamed in the opening exchanges as news of an early City goal filtered through. The Emirates then fell flat after City took a 2-0 lead, and Arsenal's performance reflected.

Everton were comfortable for much of the first half and they took the lead through a deflected Idrissa Gueye free-kick. Takehiro Tomiyasu quickly restored parity, though, and the Emirates burst into life after West Ham halved their deficit in Manchester. Going into the break, Arsenal still held out hope.

The hosts failed to capitalise on any momentum, though, as a stout Everton, who defended their box superbly, kept Arsenal at bay. The Gunners huffed and puffed against the Toffees, who still posed a threat on the counter.

There was a long-awaited return to action for Jurrien Timber, who came off the bench for his first appearance since August, and the Dutchman was keen to make an impact. A third for City ended any hope for Arsenal, but a late Havertz strike meant they ended their majestic 2023/24 campaign on a high.

89 points. We'll be back. It's been a pleasure.

Arsenal 2-1 Everton player ratings

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day.

Takehiro Tomiyasu
Tomiyasu drew Arsenal level / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - 7/10 - There was no clean sheet for Raya this time around, although there was little he could do to deny Gueye's free-kick which could go down as a Declan Rice own goal. The Spaniard made an assured save from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the second half.

Ben White (RB) - 6/10 - A mixed bag for White, who peaked with his delicious travela pass to set up an early Gabriel Martinelli chance. He then ceded possession which led to an Everton free-kick and their opener.

William Saliba (CB) - 7.5/10 - A strong end to the campaign for Saliba, who had a tricky test in the form of Calvert-Lewin. The Englishman had some joy in the channels and on the counter, but Saliba

Gabriel (CB) - 6/10 - A relatively quiet conclusion to the season for Gabriel, who was forced off in the second half through injury.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - 7.5/10 - A rare Tomiyasu goal brought Arsenal level after the versatile defender had endured a rather indifferent first half. Moved into a central position after Gabriel's withdrawal.

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