LIVERPOOL: Richarlison bagged a brace as Everton earned a dramatic 3-2 win over Wolves while Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette inspired a stirring comeback against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to salvage a 2-2 draw in another English Premier League thrilling last night.
Brazil forward Richarlison scored the winner with 10 minutes left at Goodison Park to hand the Toffees their second win.
It was an encouraging day for Everton boss Marco Silva, who handed first Premier League starts to summer signings in Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph, the latter making his first appearance in the league since January with Manchester City.
All three made an impact with former Arsenal winger Iwobi scoring for the second successive game.
Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez, with his eighth goal in eight starts this season, had twice drawn the visitors level.
“Richarlison is the type of player that needs good performances and if possible to win more confidence in the way he likes to play,” Silva said.
“Last season, he did all the pre-season for us. This season he did Copa America and after that was on holiday and started the first game against Crystal Palace with 13 days working with us.
“Miracles we cannot do. He needs time like all the players to be in the best physical condition.
“We are talking about a fantastic football player and a fantastic boy. He is the spirit inside our dressing room.”
Wolves remain without a win in four league games after suffering their first defeat of the season.
Only Bolton, bottom of League One with none, had scored fewer goals heading into this weekend than Everton.
But Silva’s side ended that run within 12 minutes, which provided as many goals as in Everton’s previous 180 on the pitch.
In the later match, Spurs were looking to bounce back from a shock 1-0 home loss to Newcastle United and went ahead through Christian Eriksen and a Harry Kane penalty before Lacazette struck before the break and Aubameyang got a 71st minute equaliser.
Arsenal, who were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool last week, are in fifth place with seven points while Spurs are ninth on five after four games.
The visitors took a 10th minute lead when Eriksen nudged the ball into an empty net on the rebound after a superb piece of hold up play from Son Heung-min allowed Erik Lamela to fire at goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal had most of the ball on a sun-soaked afternoon at the Emirates Stadium but Tottenham were far more threatening on the break and Leno was forced to keep out stinging efforts from Kane and Eriksen in the first-half.
Tottenham were then awarded a penalty for a clumsy foul by Granit Xhaka on Son and Kane converted in the 40th minute to put Spurs on track for a first league win on enemy territory in nine years.
However, Arsenal’s France striker Lacazette halved the deficit right before halftime with an emphatic strike after controlling an exquisite pass from the club’s record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Kane came close to sealing the points for Tottenham when he struck the post but Arsenal became galvanised when Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos came off the bench and hit a shot which keeper Hugo Lloris did well to tip over.
An equaliser looked ever likelier and duly arrived when Gabon striker Aubameyang prodded a lofted pass from Matteo Guendouzi into the net in the 71st minute, scoring a third goal in four Premier League games this season.
Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos later had a goal ruled out for offside while Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko spurned a last-gasp chance in a thrilling finale by blasting over the bar after Kane was denied a penalty when he tangled with Sokratis.
Tottenham striker Kane said his side were disappointed to have let their lead slip.
“I feel like we’re coming off disappointed, we expected to see the game out,” he told reporters.
“The (Lacazette) goal hurt us with momentum just before the break. It was an end-to-end game, especially the last 10-15 minutes, but the players left everything on the pitch.”
The England international also felt he should have been awarded a second penalty.