Mikel Arteta’s woes deepened when Arsenal was beaten by Everton 2-1 to go seven games without a win in the English Premier League as he marked a year in charge of the London club on Saturday.
While Arsenal dropped to 15th, Everton — which Arteta played for like Arsenal — is up to second after a third win in eight days.
Everton scored from only one shot on target as Rob Holding’s own goal opener was followed — after Nicolas Pepe’s equalizing penalty — by Yerry Mina’s header on the stroke of halftime.
Arsenal was not helped by the absence of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a tight calf but the visitors conceded possession from the off and lacked any intensity or desire to break up their opponents’ play.
Wilson’s penalty gives Newcastle 1-1 draw with Fulham in EPL
Callum Wilson’s eighth goal of the season handed Newcastle a 1-1 draw against 10-man Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Wilson converted a 64th-minute penalty after being fouled by Fulham defender Joachim Andersen, who was sent off following the VAR review.
“What I’ve just seen, the contact initially made outside the box, he then goes into the box and dives,” Fulham manager Scott Parker said. “So again the ref decides to give the penalty. We have VAR, he then goes over to the screen, unless he’s seen something totally different, to me I just don’t understand.
“The game’s changed drastically and it hasn’t changed for the better in my opinion. It becomes a shouting match on the side of the pitch. And it’s just a mess to be honest.”
Matt Ritchie’s own-goal in the 42nd minute allowed Fulham to go in front. Defending the near post from a left-wing corner, Ritchie could only help the ball into his own net after defender Tosin Adarabioyo headed down Ademola Lookman’s set-piece and Decordova-Reid flicked it toward goal.
Fulham is only out of the relegation zone due to a superior goal difference, while Newcastle is eight points higher up the standings in 12th place.
“It’s disappointing, we started the game well but then let them into the game with a sloppy goal,” Wilson told Sky Sports. “Then you have a mountain to climb and sometimes it’s harder against 10 men. We just couldn’t find the breakthrough to break them down.”