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A few thoughts on the Everton 0 Arsenal 1 league match

March 22, 2012

Morning Gooners. A superb win last night at Goodison Park and to make the night even more enjoyable. Spuds can only draw with Stoke RFC and that with an Arsenal type every late goal. €helsea slip up 2-1 at €ity and even old boy Samir Nasri scores the winner. Cheers Samir. Then to top it all, Liverpool  2-0 up and lose 3-2 and King Kenny throws a strop.

I would just like to throw in this article in superb by James Olly in the London Evening Standard on 24th February 2012. Well worth a read if you like a laugh

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Walcott (Gervinho 79), Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky (Djourou 87), Van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Benayoun.
Booked: Sagna.

Good battling display from the lads night. Right from the start Arsenal went at Everton and a good knock back from RVP into the path of Ramsey and Oooooooooooo!!! that should have been in the back of the net. Then another chance falls Rambo and he shoots only for it to take deflection and go out for a corner. RVP takes and Goooooooooooooal!!! 1-0 to the Arsenal… 1-0 to the Arsenal… TV5 rises and heads unchallenged into the net from three yards, that’s his 5th of the season, the same amount of goals as Torres and Carroll (£85m) combined and that goal means he has scored the WINNER in our last two games.

Everton manager Moye’s was not to happy and was making those faces that say’s he is going to give a Glasgow kiss to someone of they don’t start getting stuck into Arsenal. Everton players take note and start to fight more and Arsenal now under pressure start to fall away a bit. Pressure from Everton and Song gives away a sloppy pass from the back and the ball finds it way to Drenthe who puts the ball in the net only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. He was just onside, but then last season, Everton got the rub of the green when Saha was standing so far offside that he was actually queuing up for a train ticket at Arsenal Tube Station. Also is it funny that the ref in both of these games was Mason.

How strange (NOT!!!) that after poor fouls by Cahill and Pienaar the first player to be booked is Sagna.

First half negotiated and it’s 1-0 to the Arsenal.

Second half Arsenal just kept it neat and tidy and do nothing silly save a bit of slackness for the first 5 mins of the second half. Cahill is next into the refs notebook and really should be off if ref was doing his job right. Nice head back to RVP from Gibbs and that was close as RVP hits the post.

Howard saved Everton with good stops from Ramsey and Rosicky, in what was  a half of not many chances. Theo and TR7 are replaced by Gervinho and Djourou and Arsenal run out 1-0 winners… This against a team that has seen off Man City, Spurs and Chelsea at home recently, make no mistake this was a huge win for the Arsenal and must give the players huge confidence for the run into the season. The defence tonight was superb and finally getting settled, it’s just a shame the BFG had to get injured. Koscielny is becoming a huge player for us, and shows so much class on the ball, no matter what the few doubters might be still saying about him. Kos only has to negotiate two more games without getting booked to steer clear of two match ban.

Nice to see that in the games that back five that played last night Arsenal have not lost.  One wonders what this season could have been had our full backs not be ripped to shreds with injury.

From the BBC report on the game:

What is clear from this is that early February reports of Arsenal’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Following a 0-0 draw at Bolton seven weeks ago, the Gunners were seventh, 12 points behind third-placed, north London rivals Tottenham, bringing the doom-mongers out in force. However, their last six games have seen them take 18 points, score 19 goals, rediscover the confident swagger for which they are synonymous under Arsene Wenger and demonstrate a resilience many thought they lacked.

So as it stands today, we’re suddenly 3rd  a point above the next manager of England, the world’s best player,  the most attractive footballing team in the league and six points ahead of Chelsea. Arsenal’s next match this Saturday at home to Villa while Spurs battle it out for Chelsea, it just gets better.

All those people, Journo’s, Experts, even Gooner that were maybe a bit to quick to knock the team, take a look at the table…

St Tottering’s day that looked out of reach on Feb 24th is now not only on, but how soon will it arrive… Jack Wilshere’s early season bet is now looking very good.

Have agreat day gloating Gooner and remember

Stay safe out there.

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