Everton player ratings as four excellent in controversial Arsenal defeat

Everton were cruelly beaten 2-1 by Arsenal on the final day of the Premier League season despite going ahead against the title-chasing Gunners.

A deflected Idrissa Gueye free-kick put the Blues in front but Takehiro Tomiyasu equalised just three minutes later and the hosts grabbed a 90th minute winner through Kai Haverz despite Gabriel Jesus appearing to handle the ball in the build up and referee Michael Oliver invited by VAR to look again at the incident on his pitchside monitor.

Jordan Pickford 8

Had little chance with the equaliser and like everyone in his team was let down for the winner having been kept busy making a string of smart saves to deny Declan Rice, Gabriel Martinelli, a Leandro Trossard effort that was deflected off Seamus Coleman and then keeping Martin Odegaard out with an improvised stop as he sat on the ball.

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Seamus Coleman 6

Having netted a last-gasp own goal at Bournemouth six weeks ago, almost had another when trying to block Trossard's pull back, the captain was mostly kept on the back foot.

Ashley Young 4

Gave the ball away cheaply for Havertz's winner - even if Jesus seemed to subsequently handle it - having earlier allowed Martin Odegaard to breeze past him to set up the equaliser.

James Tarkowski 8

Booked for a late challenge on Kai Havertz who he was involved in a running battle with for most of the afternoon, he made a firm but fair slide challenge on Gabriel Martinelli that was perfectly-timed and threw himself at everything that came his way and was unfortunate not to get a block on Tomiyasu's shot for the equaliser.

Jarrad Branthwaite 7

A few shaky moments on the final day of this outstanding season in which he's been Everton's breakthrough star, he got away with playing a no-look pass across the face of his own goal and then did just about enough to put off Haverz after misjudging an aerial ball but still enjoyed his usual quota of impressive pieces of defending.

Idrissa Gueye 8

His heavily-deflected free-kick off Declan Rice put Everton into a shock lead having set the tone with an early block on Takehiro Tomiyasu just outside the area and was fighting fires from then onwards.

Amadou Onana 8

Enjoyed anmpressive outing against one of his rumoured suitors ahead of going to the Euros, making a terrific slide tackle on Declan Rice when the Arsenal man was through on goal. a crucial block to deny Emile Smith Rowe and carried the ball well.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 6

Cautioned for a spot of handbags that resulted in Gabriel going to ground dramatically, he was nominally Everton's most-advanced midfield man but mostly found himself in congestion in the centre of the park with few opportunities to support his striker.

James Garner 5

Did a job for his side in tough circumstances, full of industry as always but didn't get much change out on the right wing with little in terms of end product.

Dwight McNeil 7

Added a touch of silk to Everton's steel and turned into 'The Rochdale Ronaldo' for a few seconds when embarking on a mazy dribble, he was one of more-progressive performers for the visitors and won the free-kick that led to their goal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6

Led the line manfully and had some big opportunities, including a double chance in the first half when played through on goal, hitting the post with his first shot and then firing the rebound into the side-netting and then a curling effort that David Raya did well to claim after the break.

Youssef Chermiti (on 75 for Calvert-Lewin) 5

Provided some fresh legs up front late on but had the coaching staff annoyed when he gave the ball away cheaply.

Beto (on 90 for Doucoure)

Stoppage time cameo after Everton went behind.