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Marco Silva responds to Mesut Ozil throwing jacket in his direction!

Ozil appeared frustrated in the 1-0 defeat and threw his jacket in the direction of the managers.

Arsenal’s bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four was dented on Sunday as Phil Jagielka’s early goal gave Everton a deserved 1-0 home win. Unai Emery’s men could have leapfrogged Tottenham into third with a draw but will now slide back to fifth if Chelsea secure a point or more at home to West Ham on Monday.

The arrival of Aaron Ramsey at half-time led to an improved second-half showing but the Toffees capably dealt with rare defensive concerns in rising to ninth. However, during the game Mesut Ozil was spotted throwing his jacket in the direction of Marco Silva. After the game, Marco Silva delivers his opinion to the situation.

Everton manager Marco Silva has insisted he did not see Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil throw a coat in his direction during the Premier League clash on Sunday. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Everton at Goodison Park – a result that sees them move up to ninth in table.

However, one of the biggest talking points from the afternoon on Merseyside was Ozil’s decision to lob a coat in the direction of the host’s technical area in the game’s latter proceedings. The incident occurred after Shkodran Mustafi cynically tripped Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin off the ball, causing a furious reaction from Silva and his coaches.

In the aftermath, several Arsenal and Everton members of staff were involved in altercations, and Ozil decided to throw his coat in the direction of the home bench. However, Silva took little time to reflect on the scenes during his post-match press conference. He said, “I didn’t see anything.”

However, his opposite number, Unai Emery, managed to shed some light on the situation. “Mustafi arrived late in this action and I think it was a yellow card,” he said after the game. “I spoke to Silva because he comes in my space. [There is] no problem.”

It was a disappointing day for Arsenal, who could have moved up to third with a win. Instead, as long as Chelsea avoid defeat on Monday against West Ham, the Gunners will drop out of the top four spots altogether. “I think generally we are well,” said Emery. “I don’t think we are very bad. It is a bad result and not a good performance but we are fourth.”

Author’s Take:

Sub-par performances away from home became a theme in the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s long reign and new Gunners boss Emery has had little success in rectifying the situation. His team have now won just once in their past nine Premier League road trips, a record they will come to rue if Champions League qualification eludes them.

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