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Ronald Koeman Hails Everton’s ‘Fighting Spirit’ After Defeating Arsenal

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has praised his side for recovering from a poor start against Arsenal to eventually claim a 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

Arsenal took the lead through a deflected Alexis Sanchez free kick, but goals from Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams gave the Toffees all three points.

Koeman told BBC Sport after the game:

“The first 20 minutes, that was really poor. We were very nervous and unsure. Every ball back. Mistakes and no aggression.

“After that we played face to face and showed unbelievable spirit to come back and we deserved the win. We were lucky in the last situation but we played great football and the support of the fans, it makes Goodison Park really difficult to beat us here.

“Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we start so poorly at the beginning. Of course there is some lack of confidence but show your personality. We showed big personality.”

The result, Everton’s first win in six Premier League games, sees the Merseyside club climb to seventh in the table.

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