It was far from being Arsenal’s most costly own goal of the week, but it still felt entirely apt. They did not deserve to lose to Everton after an improved second-half performance but then came the kind of moment that was blighting their season well before the term “Super League” became common currency.

Richarlison had collected a raking pass from Allan and, skipping past a carelessly wafted leg from Granit Xhaka, attempted to drill across goal in search of a decisive touch. He could not have expected that to come from Bernd Leno, who appeared to have got behind the ball but glanced back in agony as it squirmed through him and over the line. Everton held on for their first win in six, reigniting their bid for European football.

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