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Demarai Gray Scores Stunning Injury Time Winner For Everton Vs Arsenal

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Demarai Gray Scores Stunning Injury Time Winner For Everton Vs Arsenal

Demarai Gray became Everton's hero on Monday night, with a stunning injury time strike to earn all three points in a dramatic game against Arsenal.

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Everton needed a win after coming into the game off the back of their dreadful performance in the Merseyside derby last week, and having not won in eight games.

There were threats of a fan walk out, VAR controversy and a last minute sitter missed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the highlight was Gray's winner.

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With just a minute and half of the six minutes injury time played, the winger cut in from the left, beat two defenders and let fly from distance.

There was absolutely nothing Aaron Ramsdale could do in the Arsenal goal as the ball flew past him, hit the inside of the post and went into the back of the net.

It was expected the talking point in the first half would be a planned fan walkout by the Toffee's supporters, who were planning to protest against the club's owners.

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However few fans seem to leave their seat in the 27th minute, with the crowd actually singing in support of their team louder than previously.

Instead, just two minutes after the protest was supposed to happen, the first controversy took place as Ben Godfrey managed to avoid a red card despite making contact with Takehiro Tomiyasu's face, with his foot, as the Arsenal defender lay on the ground.

With just a minute left of normal time Richarlison thought he'd grabbed the opening goal, only for VAR to rule it out for offside, and then, in injury time, Martin Odegaard made it 1-0 to the visitors.

Everton came back fighting in the second half and once again Richarlison thought he'd levelled, when he slotted past Ramsdale just before the hour mark.

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Richarlison can't believe his second 'goal' is ruled out for offside. Image: PA Images
Richarlison can't believe his second 'goal' is ruled out for offside. Image: PA Images

However, once again VAR had its say and decided to rule it offside, despite the apparent end to 'toenail offsides' at the beginning of the season.

The Brazil forward finally had one allowed in the 79th minute, as he followed up on Gray's shot, which ricocheted off the crossbar, to head past Ramsdale.

Bentiez's side then took the lead in injury time through Gray's moment of pure brilliance but the drama wasn't over there.

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Richarlison went through the Arsenal defence before finding former Gunners' player Alex Iwobi, but somehow Ramsdale managed to come off his line and save the Nigerian's shot.

With almost literally the final touch of the ball Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have equalised for Arteta's team but the forward somehow managed to put his shot wide from inside the area.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Everton, Arsenal, Premier League

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