Kanchelskis penetrates the thin red line

Arsenal 1 Wright 38 Everton 2 Stuart 50, Kanchelskis 84 Atte ndance: 38,275

MUCH more of this and they'll be tagged unlucky Arsenal. In the face of Everton's potency, their makeshift line-up responded with plenty of grit after the manager Bruce Rioch's midweek criticism of their lack of heart, and chased three points with gusto. Then Andrei Kanchelskis popped up with a winner that interrupted a spell of pressure at the other end and Everton had stolen the booty.

Everton are beginning to look ominous at the right time of the season: seven matches unbeaten now. "They are always an aggressive side, who pressure you in midfield," said Rioch. "They are not going to give you much room to play."

Arsenal's Premiership season, meanwhile, is in danger of falling away. Their directors - who have taken over the buying of players from the manager - will be urged by Rioch to renew their efforts in the transfer market this week with Arsenal's squad, thin at best, currently looking anorexic. Two midfielders are said to be on the shopping list, West Ham's John Moncur and Blackburn's Tim Sherwood. Last night, it was reported that Arsenal had made a bid for Milan's Gianluigi Lentini, at pounds 13m still the world's most expensive player. His salary, some pounds 40,000 a week, may be a stumbling block, though Lentini apparently says he is tempted.

An irony yesterday was that Kanchelskis was on Arsenal's pre-season wanted list. "He was fairly quiet today but he has match-winning qualities," said the Everton manager Joe Royle. Hence the pounds 6m price tag.

Arsenal were without the suspended Tony Adams and injured David Platt and Steve Bould and how they missed them. The young players given a chance in the reshuffle, Scott Marshall in defence and Adrian Clarke on the right, performed competently but this was a job for more experienced men.

Ian Wright did his best, leading enthusiastically from the front as captain for the first time and scoring a remarkable goal to give Arsenal the lead. There seemed little danger when John Jensen played a pass forward and Wright, back to goal 40 yards out, spun past Craig Short. He wrong-footed Dave Watson before drilling home a left-foot shot to Neville Southall's left.

After two early chances - Southall saving from Glenn Helder and Dennis Bergkamp - it was Arsenal's first in half an hour. During that period Everton should themselves have had the lead, Daniel Amokachi fluffing a volley and David Seaman saving another by Kanchelskis then turning aside Duncan Ferguson's header from a corner.

Their sense of injustice was apparent after the break. Amokachi, headed through by Ferguson - booked for dissent in the first half - allowed Seaman to push his shot on to the bar, but an equaliser was not long in coming. Seaman's clearance found only Dave Watson in the centre circle and Graham Stuart collected his header forward, rounded Seaman and rolled his shot into the net. Arsenal were left appealing - unjustly - for offside as Ferguson ran back.

The game looked there for Everton's taking but Arsenal responded gallantly and Southall had to save smartly from Paul Merson's volley and two shots from Bergkamp, as well as tipping over Clarke's drive. After all that, came Everton's winner.

Kanchelskis turned inside from Barry Horne's throw-in and drove a dipping low shot into the far corner. "If you are going to force him inside, the second supporting player has to be in close attendance, and he wasn't," lamented Rioch.

Still, he saw good things, he added. Not enough, however. Everton, after a poor early season, are now full strength in more ways than one, and could be passing them soon in the table.

Voices
voices
News
President Obama, one of the more enthusiastic users of the fist bump
scienceBumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, it is claimed
News
Ross Burden pictured in 2002
people
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
scienceHad asteroid hit earlier or later in history, the creatures might have survived, say scientists
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode
arts + ents
Sport
Laura Trott with her gold
Commonwealth GamesJust 48 hours earlier cyclist was under the care of a doctor
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
arts + entsFilmmaker posted a picture of Israeli actress Gal Gadot on Twitter
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Pedro Pascal gives a weird look at the camera in the blooper reel
arts + entsPrince Oberyn nearly sets himself on fire with a flaming torch
News
Danny Nickerson, 6, has received 15,000 cards and presents from well-wishers around the world
newsDanny loves to see his name on paper, so his mother put out a request for cards - it went viral
Sport
France striker Loic Remy
sportThe QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to complete deal
News
Orville and Keith Harris. He covered up his condition by getting people to read out scripts to him
People
Arts and Entertainment
Zoe Saldana stars in this summer's big hope Guardians of the Galaxy
filmHollywood's summer blockbusters are no longer money-spinners
Arts and Entertainment
O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London
tvFiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
Life and Style
Workers in Seattle are paid 100 times as much as workers in Bangladesh
fashionSeattle company lets customers create their own clothes, then click 'buy' and wait for delivery
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SAP Finance Systems Analyst

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a PE...

Credit Controller - Enfield

Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Credit Controller - Enfield (North London / Hertfor...

year 5 teacher

£21000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to wo...

Supply Teacher

£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to have a b...

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried