Gary Neville accuses Ben Godfrey of meaning ugly stamp on Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu

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Gary Neville has accused Everton youngster Ben Godfrey of purposely stamping on Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu’s face in the clash between the two sides on Monday night.

Everton hosted Arsenal having not won any of their last eight Premier League games and almost gave themselves a mountain to climb straight away when appeals came in for Godfrey to be sent off.

The defender somehow avoided a red card despite stamping on Tomiyasu’s ace.

The incident happened just before the half-hour mark by the touchline as the two players battled for the ball.

Tomiyasu went down under Godfrey’s challenge before the defender followed through and caught his opponent with his studs.

The Arsenal players went up in uproar but the referee refused to take immediate action as VAR took a look at the incident.

The officials adjudged the collision to have been an accident as Godfrey even escaped a booking.

But Neville believes the former Norwich defender intentionally made the move, claiming he was lucky to get away without punishment.

“You’re talking to two of the masters of following through into the face and trying to make it look accidental,” Neville joked about himself and Monday Night Football co-host Jamie Carragher.

“We think he definitely means that. He just knows he’s there.

“He followed through over the top and tried to make it look – this slow motion is the one to be fair – where the reaction after where he realises oh look it’s an accident.

“As a professional that is definitely 100% he means that, however I can see why VAR have said it’s accidental, we can’t prove it, it’s not an obvious error.

“But as a professional, you know. He’s meant it but I can see why it’s not a red.”

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Everton thought they had taken the lead moments later through Richarlison, although the goal was ruled out by VAR.

And Arsenal rubbed salt in the wound just seconds later with a legitimate goal of their own by Martin Odegaard.

Fans had planned a walkout in the 27th minute as a result of going 27 years without a major trophy, stretching back to their 1995 FA Cup victory over Manchester United, while they have also grown tired of the club’s plight under Farhad Moshiri.

However, Rafa Benitez’s men put in a spirited performance on Monday night and claimed a huge win – their first in nine games – with Richarlison equalising after having two goals earlier disallowed.

Demarai Gray hit a stunning winner in the 92nd minute to seal a deserved victory for the home side. The result leaves Everton in 12th and Arsenal in seventh.

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