On Sunday, Arsenal’s dream of gaining a top-four spot in the Premier League was diminished as Everton captain, Phil Jagielka took the edge of an unanticipated late recall to score the winner in a superior 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.
The veteran defender was brought into the team for a special appearance after Michael Keane had to be pulled out in the warm-up through illness; however, after 10 minutes, he scored a goal and allowed his team a well-deserved third straight league wins.
It marked an important setback for Arsenal, who remains in the fourth position in the table but missed the chance to leap ahead of their third-placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Unai Emery’s side remains with 63 points, one behind Spurs, levelled with fifth-placed Chelsea and two clear of Manchester United in a progressively tight battle for the berth in Champions League.
The skilful Jagielka proved Everton’s improbable hero after his late call-up and becoming the oldest goal scorer in the league this season. Well, at 36 years 233 days when he jabbed home his finish after Arsenal was not able to clear Lucas Digne’s long throw. The ball had fallen justly after Dominic Calvert-Lewin got the final touch on to him in the aerial fight, permitting Jagielka to score his first league goal in two years and become Everton’s second-oldest marksman in the era of the Premier League.