It was one of those team sheets which, prior to kick-off, divided the supporters who considered it imaginative or akin to a resignation letter, Silva responding to calls to play two recognised strikers by selecting none.
Richarlison was entrusted to lead the line with Alex Iwobi as a roaming number 10. Chuck in the recall of the rarely used Theo Walcott and the line-up read like some kind of tribute to the most lightweight years at Arsenal.
Everton needed to break their four straight premier league defeats, and trust Everton this time they took the lead through Bernard on the 15th minute mark before Gylfi Sigurðsson sealed the game for the Toffees on stoppage time (90+1).
Sigurðsson received a square pass from Richarlison 25 yards from goal and sat Wilshere down by dummying to shoot with his left foot. Then he came back onto his right foot, looked up and whipped a beautiful rising curler that flew into the net.
Post match interview
Gylfi Sigurdsson: “It was a fantastic performance. It was one of those games where we had a lot of chances, so you never know when it’s only 1-0, but luckily we managed to hold on to the three points. We had a lot of energy andthere was a real purpose to our game today. We pressed them high; we passed the ball really well with good movement.
Theo Walcott: “The guys were fantastic from start to finish. The international break can be difficult but we worked hard and the team showed how strong we actually are going forward. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but we know the quality of the team. The fans were fantastic. There was a sense of urgency in our game today and everyone enjoyed it.”