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Phil Jagielka goes from forgotten relic to Arsenal nemesis in 10 minutes flat

The veteran centre-back became the oldest scorer in the league this season

This was written in the stars.

Back in 2006 Phil Jagielka went in goal for Sheffield United and kept a clean sheet for half an hour to secure a memorable victory for the blades.

So when he replaced Michael Keane in Everton’s backline after the England man picked up an injury in the warm-up, Arsenal fans were already fearing a masterclass.

We thought he retired years ago

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We thought he retired years ago

In fact, it was even better than that for Jagielka and the Everton fans.

Within just 10 minutes of play at Goodison Park Jagielka had gone from likely unused substitute to haunting the Gunners as he scored the opener.

In typical Arsenal fashion a long threw had their defence at sea as Jagielka launched himself at the near post ball.

Cue some penalty area pinball before the ball broke back to the 36-year-old to stab past Bernd Leno.

It was a miraculous turn of events that a player who was not even named in the team had scored the opening goal just 10 minutes into play.

Jagielka had featured in just three of Everton’s games this season, playing just 144 minutes of football all year.

However, he was the sharpest mind in the box to both start and finish the mayhem and score his first goal since April 2017.

For many Arsenal fans it was typical that the man who had kept a clean sheet against them as a makeshift goalkeeper 13 years previously would make a remarkable return to the first team and spoil their day again.

At 36 years and 233 days Jagielka also became the oldest player to score in the Premier League this season.

That’s got to hurt Arsenal fans.


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