Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Report: Arsenal 1-1 Everton

Report: Arsenal 1-1 Everton

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud

Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Walcott, Monreal, Flamini, Fabianski, Bendtner

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League after a pulsating 1-1 draw against Everton at the Emirates this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger made four changes from the team which beat Hull in midweek. The manager brought back Olivier Giroud after his midweek rest against Hull,  Kieran Gibbs replaced Nacho Monreal at left back, while Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere came into in place of Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky.

With both teams in confident mood because of excellent recent form, it was the visitors who started brightest. After a good spell of early possession, Kevin Mirallas fired in a low cross which fizzed across the Arsenal box but thankfully no blue shirt read the play.

Arsenal were somewhat wasteful with the ball in the early stages, adding to the pressure, and there were warning signs as Brian Oviedo found space down the Everton left, putting in good cross which required Mertesacker to head away.

Sylvain Distin then hit a shot wide from an Everton corner but as the game progressed Arsenal showed signs of getting back into it. But it was Everton who had the next attempt, Mirallas shooting high and wide when a cross to the back post towards Lukaku might have been the better option.

Seamus Coleman then had a go, shooting over after a very obvious handball in our box which Howard Webb ignored. At the other end Arsenal finally put together the kind of move they’re famous for. Santi Cazorla got it down the right hand side, he hit a first time cross which skidded across the Everton 6 yard box with Kieran Gibbs straining to make the touch which would have resulted in a goal.

Lukaku then found space to get in a cross which ran just behind Mirallas as Arsenal struggled to maintain possession for any period of time. Laurent Koscielny had to block a shot from the powerful Belgian, and when they did get up the other end of the pitch mistakes from Ozil and Jenkinson squandered possession.

Lukaku then got away with tripping up Koscielny off the ball after the Frenchman made a pass out of defence, and there was some attacking end product late in the half with Giroud involved. A Wilshere flick saw him through on goal but flagged offside, and moments later Tim Howard came out quickly to smother a chance from close range.

More intricate passing saw Aaron Ramsey clean through but again Howard came out to make a good save as the Gunners finished the half well and the teams went in level at the break.

There was an early second half shout for an Arsenal penalty against Oviedo, but the ball came off the Everton man’s shoulder, before Kieran Gibbs whacked a 30 yard volley not too far wide.

The Gunners bright start continued with a good move that almost fashioned a goal. An Ozil cross from the right hand side found Jack Wilshere at the back post. He clipped the ball back to Santi Cazorla but it was slightly behind the Spaniard and he couldn’t get any power in his close range header.

Everton weren’t cowed however, and Peinaar forced Szczesny into a good save after a swift break, but at the other end a fine Gibbs cross found Aaron Ramsey at the back post. He swiveled and shot at the near post but Howard pushed it away for a corner.

It’s wrong to say the game went into a lull but there was a period when both teams traded possession without doing a great deal with it. Lots of passing, full blooded tackles and plenty of effort but not much happened.

Szczesny had to make another save after Jack Wilshere let a ball run across him on the edge of the Arsenal box, and that saw Arsene Wenger make changes. Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla went off, Flamini, Walcott and Rosicky came on.

The Frenchman almost broke the deadlock Jenkinson got down the right hand side. He put a cross in which deflected out to Flamini on the edge of the box. He hit it first time and it fizzed just past the far post.

Kevin Mirallas forced Szczesny into another good save after he found space to crack a shot at the near post, and it proved important as the Gunners opened the scoring shortly afterwards.

Tomas Rosicky crossed it from midfield to Walcott at the back post. The winger headed it back across goal, Giroud completely missed it but Ozil was on hand to poke it home from close range. 1-0.

The joy was short-lived however as Everton equalised shortly afterwards. Ross Barkley made space in midfield, the ball came to Delofeu at the back post, Gibbs was really tight to him but he got off a shot which dipped viciously past Szczesny. That made it 1-1 and it really was a fantastic goal.

They had the keeper to thank for keeping them ahead when Lukaku found himself clean through after a deflection but the big Pole smothered with his legs. Arsenal had a couple of late corner which Everton dealt with well, and when Arteta lost it in midfield Lukaku came forward and shot over the bar with men better placed outside him.

And in injury time Olivier Giroud almost won it with a 25 yard volley that smashed off the corner of the bar with Howard well beaten.

In the end it’s hard to argue both teams deserved something from the game, a draw the fairest result on the day, and despite winning so many recently we do extend our lead at the top with that draw.

Now, to Napoli.

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  1. DöubleDöubleDöuble

    Giroud…so close.

    Toughest game so far, Everton look a decent side.

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    • Decent game would have liked to have gotten the 3 points but with our game seeming a little off today and Everton playing so well a draw is fair. The most frustrating thing is despite the fact that we are 5 points clear at the top, the announcers we’re talking about how this was a real test to our title credentials. When Man City draws to Southampton they’re still title contenders, when Chelsea lose to Stoke they’re still title contenders. Hell even though Man U lost to Newcastle and are now 13 points off the top everyone is still saying to not count them out. I don’t think any team should be counted out of the race but the repeated doubting of our abilities and lack of respect for high level of football is outrageous.

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    • AGONYYY to see the Giroud effort strike the post at the death

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  2. Great game of football. Everton have done well to get rid of Moyes.

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    • I’d say and we’ve seen who United should have got, but Martinez is too nice a guy for me to want to join that train-wreck

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      • Might be an option for a possible long term replacement to Wenger, I also rated what he did at wigan and how he managed to keep them up for so long and even win the fa cup. And judging from the outside he seems to have class and his sides play good football. We’re the Arsenal after all, not chelski were they pride themselves of being c’nts and playing like that..

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      • I watch Al Jazeera and the Arab commentators love everything Arsenal.

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  3. Silent Stan's Content Mustache

    Nice to see Theo getting back on the pitch and contributing. Fair result, Giroud’s a beast, defense kept Lukaku isolated and ineffective. Great match, 5 points clear.

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    • Talking of the defense, I think Koss was the Boss. stuck to Lukaku like glue on paper

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      • Yes, Gibbs should learn from him. Backed off Delefeu even it is was a wonder strike. We need to be able to hang on for ten minutes at one nil to the Arsenal.

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        • Not every goal is the result of a mistake. Deulofeu is one of Barcelona’s brightest prospects with a huge future. We should be happy to split the points with Everton, they are brimming with quality and discipline.

          I hold them in higher regard than their smug archrivals the Mugsmashers. Also, they gave us Arteta and let Man U have Moyes and Fellani.

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        • Gibbs was doubled-up, he could not commit to attacking the man with the ball when Everton could have passed it around him. Rosicky (who I love) could have responded faster to help.
          1-1 is not a disaster, but going 1-0 up with 10 to go hurts.

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    • Am I the only one who thinks, if it was Monreal we wouldnt have conceeded?
      Gibbs tends to be a tad reactive and stand off his marker.

      But in all, fair result

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      • He had a guy making a run to his left. If he stuck to Deuodnhakps, then he would have left the runner in acres of space.

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  4. Great game of football. so unlucky to not had gotten all three points, but we r indeed 5 points clear #AFC

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  5. Great game from coast to coast, but damn!!!

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  6. They deserved a point. Off to the Ettihad!

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  7. On a weekend when our competition had extremely winnable games, we extended our lead by 1 point. Over and done with, let’s move on.

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  8. I’ll take a draw. Now to beat man shitty and chelski

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  9. Fantastic game. One point earned instead of two points lost. Credit to Everton for a thoroughly entertaining match. If only HFB’s 25-yard screamer was a yard or two closer..

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    • Özil's Eyes on Arsene's Hot Thighs

      I’d say “farther”; the ball would have dipped in had he been a yard or two farther away from goal.

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  10. One point won

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  11. Didn’t quite click today, but they were well drilled alright, so probably fair.

    Dirty cunts at times, allowed to get away with it by Ferguson’s real lasting legacy to the Premier League – Howard Webb.

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    • well drilled !!!! played you off the park 1st half

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      • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

        We allowed you the ball in safe areas and restricted you to attempts that were mostly from distance. It’s not “played off the park” it’s a tactic.

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  13. no need to overanalyze this one, fair result.

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  14. Fair play to Everton who were every bit our equal on the day. Great display, great manager.

    Thought the triple substitution was a masterstroke when Wenger made it, took affirmative action to try and affect the result. But you couln’t deny Everton a point.

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      Their only weakness being that their two most dangerous players aren’t their players and will be gone by next season. Amidst all the “Martinez could become our next manager” stuff we should remember that as our manager he would likely not be able to borrow top players from Chelsea or Barcelona as we are rivals to them.

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      • Lukaku yes, but Ross Barkley is probably not moving anywhere for a while.

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      • Don’t really follow your logic there Gutbukkit. He has brought players to Everton on loan because Everton do not have the money to buy said players. At Arsenal he wouldn’t have to resort to signing players on loan.

        And besides, as impressive as his loan signings are they are not the sole reason Everton are flying so high. He coaches his teams to play outstanding football retaining posession acutely, but also pressing opposition into making mistakes. I haven’t forgotten Wigan beating us 2-1 at The Emirates when we were in good form. That’s not to mention all the other scalps he claimed and especially a cup final victory over Man City.

        The guy is class. You could argue that it was Everton who played the better football tonight. Scesezny played far more long balls to Giroud than Howard to Lukaku. But in the final third our offensive players were that bit sharper and more imaginative at opening the defence up.

        Still, I’d take Martinez in a heartbeat at Arsenal whenever Wenger calls it a day.

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        • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

          I’m just saying that his loan players are the difference between his 5th place and the 7th or 8th they would probably be in without them. Thus his skills as a coach may not be quite as good as results would seem to suggest. You are probably correct that he was the guy who got those loanee players, which is definitely a skill that Moyes doesn’t have, but nevertheless I maintain that he is probably having a slightly easier ride than he might get were he managing us and had to go out and buy such players outright in order to get them into our squad. Probably.

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        • masterofthegoonaverse

          And your first paragraph confirms everything wrong with the loan system! If you cannot afford, then you should not have. Chavs last season with 23 players out on loan, farcical. Cannot play against parent club,Farcical. City paying Adebaywhore £95k a week to play against their rivals, Farcical. No loans to sides in the same division, Simples!

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      • I’d say any argument that puts a big name individual centerstage instead of a team performance or ethic is very likely to miss the mark.

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        • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

          He doesn’t just have “a” big name individual centrestage. He has two of them (if you don’t also consider Barkley in that category). I’m not arguing that he doesn’t instil his team with a great team ethic or get the best from all of his players. I’m just pointing out that if you aren’t in the Champions League but have a ‘decent’ squad already then it is a lot easier to borrow a couple of top players then it would be to buy them from teams with whom you would be competing directly if you were Arsenal. He has an easier ride with Everton than he would have had with Arsenal. Also, with the success he is having, if he keeps it up until May then PL teams like Chelsea and City will think twice before loaning him any players that could strengthen his team further. Everton are a threat to Chelsea if they continue as they are, and I bet that Mourinho wouldn’t have loaned Lukaku to them if they could have seen that he would pull other big loans in and be in 5th and a threat to Chelsea as Christmas approaches.

          I honestly want to see Everton finish above Chelsea this season.

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        • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

          I’d still take him as our new manager though, as long as we had a one or two year handover period with him as number two, and then sent Wenger upstairs. Does anybody know Martinez’ attitude to Directors of Football, by the way?

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        • I guess you got me wrong. I was sort of indicating that 2 big name loanees or not, its really the team’s performance, gameplan etc that makes the difference. Those big names are red herrings, there is not much use talking about that. If martinez didnt have them at everton or anywhere else, he’d have someone else and try to use that someone else – a bit like Wenger has done over the years – i bet Moyes with these players wouldve still played the same boring shit brand of football.

          Totally agree with loving seeing Everton swat Chelsea out of top 4. My unconfirmed hypothesis is that up until this season most top teams would have similar set of points against the last 12-13 teams. Which essentially made their relative positions hugely dependent on how they fared against each other, and this is where a top 4 team loaning to a 6-8 position team can hurt other top 4 teams. But this season bottom teams seem to have stepped up their game, they dont just kick it upfield and hope, they are making the top teams sweat and fight by keeping the ball and threatening till end. Hence we see any team which is not at 100% drop points, thereby opening up the set of matches that can be decisive in the race, and now such loanees can hurt their parent clubs as the parent club is no longer guaranteed easy points against many lower teams thereby opening up a possibility of the 6-8 team usurping the top 4 team without needing to defeat it.

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  15. Looking at the weekend as a whole, it’s been good. Yes a win would’ve been fantastic but Everton deserved a draw. Only annoying thing is that if we had a sub left after Ozil scored, and Monreal had come on I don’t think Delofeu would have scored that. Still, 5 points clear. Not too shabby at all.

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  16. Edu's fake passport

    Definitely the best a team has played against us in the league this season & that includes the two defeats we have suffered.

    Shame we couldn’t hold on.

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  17. We have to start Rosicky against City..

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    • We have to start Rosicky. Thats all….

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    • Gunner From Another Mother

      We really could have used his pressing from the start today in my opinion. Would have gone with him over Wilshere. Great game though

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    • Wouldn’t be surprised if le Prof wanted Rosicky fresh for the CL game at Napoli. He’s usually a shoe-in for European games.

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  18. Best everton side in years! props to Martinez but surely the subs should have come much earlier!

    rosicky did more than santi for the entire time he was on!

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    • Martinez is a super manager.

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    • They looked pre-planned to me, I get the feeling that there is a plan A that helps keep everyone rested enough to get us through the week, unless something happens in game to change it.

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  19. I had a funny feeling we’d draw this one, and its no disgrace against a very well organised and extremely competent Everton side. It’s disappointing we conceded after taking the lead, but both sides were deserving of the point and I can’t fault the second half effort. Can’t win them all and I have a funny feeling we’ll beat City at the Etihad, so I’m going with my funny feelings. Onwards.

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  20. No doubt Everton are the best team we have faced this season, they are IMO title contenders, they’ve only lost once all season.
    Can’t complain with the point, onwards & upwards!

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    • Certain title contenders is a bit far fetched, they don’t have quad depth (someone fetch the irony police for me, now). Everton have a realistic chance for top 4.
      Certainly they are better than the lilly white scum.

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  21. The boys will have to make up for it next weekend at Etihad. 5 points out of Everton, City and CHelski games are absolutely must if we have to stay on course.

    And please Wenger leave Ramsey and Ozil behind when you travel to Italy.

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  22. In the end it’s a great result, but shit I was really hoping for the win

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  23. thatleftfootedprince

    think walcott should have started in plce of santi,he’s been off in last few games.

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    • Both teams were expected to have tired legs later on. We probably may have been looking to play safe with midfielders till around 60-65 min then get Walcott (and Rosicky maybe) to turn on the pace and verticality. Everton had kept Deulofeu for that. However, i guess Arsenal were not planning to have all 3 subs at the same time, and that was probably forced due to the incessant intensity of the match till then and we did not have enough possession to control the pace of the game and slow it down to our convenience, hence tired legs earlier than expected.

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      • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

        Flamini for Cazorla might have been worth doing say 10 minutes before the other two. It would have given us less of a jolt than subbing a quarter of the team in one go, not that we noticeably struggled anyway. Flamini would have had more time to get into the groove with Arteta, which might have helped us stabilise the game a bit more towards the end. Who really knows though?

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  24. Oh blogs, remember to give Tim Howard a 10/10 for cuntishness in the player ratings. That time wasting fiend really slowed things up when were on top.

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    • But fair play to Webb for giving him a yellow as soon as the time wasting started. Usually refs wait until well after 80th minute to give a Yellow (if at all they are given..); Webb did really well in awarding that card as early as 75th minute.

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  25. I was thinking its cold outside. All of a sudden when the match ended i am sweating.
    Everton playing good but we should have held on. Now to Naples.

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  26. Full credit to Everton….sorta sucks though. Off to the Etihad ey

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  27. By far the toughest game so far. And hugely entertaining. I am so proud of the Gunners,obviously Everton were on fire but we matched it with fiery intensity. Just no luck. Had that HFB cracker went in, it would have been the most devastating winner ever delivered this season. COYG!

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  28. Thank god for Mertesaker in the first 20 min!
    ‘You shall not pass!’

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  29. Great match of football… Fair result is a draw but fuck a fair result… And that shot by Giroud… Just sublime… Football is game of such small margins

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    • Özil's Eyes on Arsene's Hot Thighs

      My exact thoughts; fuck a fair result. Absolutely gutted we didn’t take the 3 points. Fair play to Everton, but football has never been about what you deserve from the game (at least not all the time). We shouldn’t have been whining about our’s or Everton’s “best”, we should have come out of that game “f**king the prom queen”. Before the game I thought we might be able to afford dropping some points again Citeh and the denizens of the Bridge but now I wouldn’t expect us to contemplate losing/drawing against either of them. It’s gone now, off to the Etihad. Hoping for some smashing times….:)

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  30. Though Koscielny was outstanding. Romelu Lukak-who?

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    • He is really tricky to mark and made some good movements. Agreed that Kos did really well to marshal him. Put in one or two crosses but that was it from him.

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    • Its a little picky but should Lukaku have walked?

      I can see it being an accident, but you trip a guy off the ball, just after he’s made you look like an amateur?

      Feels a little reddish to me

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  31. not a proffesional footballer

    is this a good result considering the next 3 fixtures?

    a draw is a good result, given the circumstances. And I’d choose 5 points cushion everyday all day.

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    • especially considering who they have beaten…, but its a long season, just hope we can rotate without any serious changes in performance, feel like ramsey at least needs a good break, giroud too, 1 match off isnt going to cut it, especially if hes doing alot of training. i say and i know i will get the red thumbs for this but vs napoli.
      gk: szczesney,
      back 4 : monreal mertesacker vermaelen jenkinson (mertesacker is a more important organiser imo) jenks

      mid 2: flamini wilshere (at 60m if all is well arteta on wilshere off)

      attacking 3 mids: rosicky ozil walcott (bout time we got 60plus from walcott, and rosicky’s energy useful.

      striker: Bendtner, did well last time, as we only need to avoid 3-0 loss and a draw will do i say rest giroud, if fit sub for podolski at 60min. i feel giroud and ramsey in particular need a spot of time off, and though id like to rest mertesacker, im not sure we can afford to here.

      verdicts?

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      • No problem with that lineup at all. BFG’s game is more about clever positioning than lung busting runs, so he is probably not close to the red line. Maybe start Arteta in front of Wilshere for a more solid defensive shield, bring Jack on at 60 if we are looking for a goal. Ramsey deserves a break, Cazorla can come off the bench if needed, though I wouldn’t mind seeing Gnarby get some game time. Another thing, Bendtner spent some time in Italy on loan so he might have a little bit of insight into how to approach this opportunity.

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      • No. A draw wins us the group and gets us (in all likelihood) an easier round of 16 tie. Don’t want to underestimate any of the other teams, but Juventus seems to be the lone “tough” in that pot unless Porto seek in.

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  32. You all guys are soo content with the game and result, dunno why I feel a little down. Maybe because I have become so accustomed to seeing my Arsenal taking all the three points most games :P

    In other news, STILL TOP OF THE FUCKING TABLE!!

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    • It’s disappointing that we didn’t take all the three points. But having watched the game, I will give credit where its due. Everton played really well.

      Let’s see what the next two weeks bring.

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  33. Fair result sure, but so frustrated just expect Arsenal to win everything now.

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  34. Good match and fair result. Impressed with Everton and especially Barkley. Would have been an amazing winner for Giroud.

    I actually thought Webb was decent. Maybe I’m in the minority.

    Five. Points. Clear.

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  35. Maybe some tired legs from El Rambo today? Everton controlled the ball but were never really a threat to score. Incredible shift by Metiscielny on Lukaku. Giroud was tireless as usual. Beautiful man, beastly shot…wish it had gone in. Still top of the league! :)

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  36. Arteta was (2day) and has been (at times in the season) a liability. Understandably defensive mid isn’t his natural position, but that said many of his passes kill arsenal’s flow. Think Flamini offers a lot more, unfortunately he can’t play every match though.

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  37. thought Wilshere was extremely poor today, and cazorla still misplaces too many passes for the 3rd or 4th consecutive game. walcott and rosicky were a better choice as starters

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  38. Loved the way Kos just owned Lukaku. He had absolutely no influence on the game. Shows how solid our defence is. Hope it stays that way.
    COYG

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  39. haters gunner hate

    Koscielny will have a tough time in the dressing room now, trying to get Lukaku out of his back pocket, he’s a big lad

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  40. If Giroud had scored on that last shot, I think I’d probably need to change trousers afterwards. What. A. Shot.

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  41. I’ll take the draw,even though it wasn’t what we wanted..it could have been worse if we didn’t scored first..tnx to Wolcot who is not good in the air,and best midfielder in the world Özil.
    Those players that ended the match is our 1st 11,Jenko excluded…but include Ramsey and Sagna!!

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  42. Time for moaners to crawl out of their hell hole. Moaners’s Club activated!

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  43. A fair result from an average performance.

    Everton are a decent side, but Sky were have too much of a wank over them. Yes they dominated the midfield for that first 40 minutes, but how many clear-cut chances did they make? Chez didn’t have anything to do in the first half.

    With the Toffeemen throwing themselves at us, the smart thing for Wenger to do would have been to bring on Walcott before half-time; instead, he waited until there was just 20 minutes to go before he introduced Theo, who apart from setting up the goal looked very dangerous.

    That youngster hit that shot well, but I thought that Chez could have saved it had he reacted more quickly. And he should have been closed down.

    With this draw we now need to avoid defeat City and Chelsea to really keep the pressure on.

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    • GunnerDareMACEDONIA

      The tactic of wenger worked we took the lead, just didn’t held on.

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    • Giroud really was excellent. He was all over the pitch. Getting his foot in and chasing lost causes.

      As you say, we have the the other two blue teams now. This is the big test now I guess.

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    • Yeah, despite all of Everton’s possession in the first half, the best chance (Gibbs in the centre forward channel) feel to us. Felt if the half had lasted 5 minutes more, we would have been up 1-0 going into the break.

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  44. Arteta was really poor today. Flamini should have started. Walcott needs to start, gives us a different option and width. Wengers got to choose between Wilshere and Ramsey, he cant play both. Giroud looks really tired. I’d have Monreal over Gibbs, makes us alot stronger diwn the left.

    Jenkinson played really well though.

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      Walcott fares better when Sagna is behind him at the moment. That and the fact he is coming back from an operation might have been on Wenger’s mind when he held him back for the triple substitution. It will be interesting to see what he does with him in Naples.

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  45. GunnerDareMACEDONIA

    Should of held on, I think after we score late the players relaxed a little thought the game is won that pass should never came to deflou, in the end fair result, i would take draw against city and a win against chelsea and chelsea presumably win vs c.palace we could be off 6 points of city and chelsea.

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  46. i want to boff bendtner and I'm not even gay

    Lets face it lads, after that villa game I wouldve ate ya hand off to be 5 points clear after 14 games or whatever it is. Everton are an excellent team, the best we’ve played this season, and I’d include Dortmund in that particular statement

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    • True but we are now near Christmas with our toughest set of fixtures yet. Every point dropped is a still…. a point dropped.

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      • I thought Liverpool (home), Dortmund (away), and Man United (away) was supposed to be our toughest?

        Or was this before people realized that under Moyes Manure are a mid-table team?

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  47. Just want to say I cringe every time I read a post saying ‘my’ arsenal. Its not yours

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    • I’d like to believe it is. I’m a fan after all!

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      Supporting Arsenal is a highly personal thing. My Arsenal doesn’t deliberately commit fouls, by the way. The infrequent deliberate fouls must be coming from somebody else’s Arsenal.

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    • I don’t get the thumbs down.

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  48. Everton had us chasing shadows for first 30 mins but did not do that much with all their possession. Their tactics were very good and just about all their players put in a proper shift and played at their best. We grew into the came but never really clicked yet we still could of won it! Am disappointed not to be 7 points clear….. :(

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      They didn’t do much with their possession because that’s how we play nowadays. They can have the ball if they want it, but they won’t get to do much with it. We weren’t chasing shadows, we were watching a shadow boxer.

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    • We consistently play like that. Comfortable in giving away possession. Pundits havent caught up yet, but when do they ever, but blog readers should by now. We generally seem to turn on the heat at around 60 mins.

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  49. Im sorry but to all those saying Everton “deserved” a draw, thats complete rubbish. How many times have Arsenal had most of the possession without having shots and target only for the pundits to say they had loads of the ball and didnt do anything with it. That is exactly what everton did until we scored the goal.

    Arsenal had the better chances. Fact
    Arsenal had more chances. Fact.

    Dont get me wrong Everton played well. But we should have won the match. Still a good result to take into some more tough matches

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  50. No sure what my fellow Gonners think but thought Jenks slotted in well and focused well.

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    • Thought he played fairly well, especially since Wilshere/Ozil/Cazorla/whoever was rotated to the right flank didn’t give him much support in the first half.

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  51. Too Drunk To Be Offside

    I know I probably will get lots of thumbs down, and I am not intending to knock the team, just generally saying that for title chasers a draw is definitely not a good enough result. It doesn’t matter who was playing, Everton or Barcelona, or Munich, going for the team, at home, that should have been three points. Okay I know I am being harsh, with the Barcelona Munich thing, but we must recognise that essentially what Everton are a top mid table team, that should have been three points.

    Showed them too much respect in the first half, on ground of them having won at old toilet last week, and really a bunch of monkeys could go an win there.

    What I essentially hated was that this was a game that HAD to be won, because it would have given a 7 point lead, and those games are the ones that matter. At some level the team thought well we have a cushion and a draw wouldn’t be the worst result in the world, and that was the part I hated. Away yes a draw would have been fine but at the Emirates that had to be a win, especially keeping in view teh next to league fixtures. The rest of the league will not be as poor as that have been all season and we cannot afford to miss opportunities to really drive home the knife.

    Still it w as a blip lets move on, three huge games up next, and lets get full points. From the Man City and Chelsea games, the team has to be ruthless in analysis, and notthing short of 4 points will do. NO half measures.

    COYG !!

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      Yeah, those bloody useless Invincibles and their rubbishy Premier League trophy. They had draws!!!!!! It just wasn’t good enough!!!!!! Give back the gold trophy and apologise to the world of football.

      Oh, and why would such a choosy fellow as you accept 4 points from two matches. That means you would be settling for a draw and admitting you don’t think Arsenal is good enough to beat both City and Chelsea away from home.

      You can’t just win the home games and expect to win the League. You have to get wins away from home. Every game has to be played like it has to be won, not just the home games.

      Lastly, 5th place is top Quarter. You shouldn’t minimise their achievements and table position just to falsely strengthen your own shaky argument.

      I didn’t thumb you down as everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and yes, I did slightly over-emphasise some points in favour of my own opinion.

      Can we agree that Mourinho is a Cunt and deserves to have his team beaten at home by Arsenal, and that Citeh are using dubious sponsorship from their owner’s family in order to fund their league position and thus deserve to have their undefeated home record taken away next week?

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    • Top mid table team who played you off the park !!

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      • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

        Not a master of tactics then? Couldn’t see what we were doing? Thought having a few long range shots was exciting?

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        • Shhh! Everton fans are still getting used to seeing their team, you know, make more than 5 passes a game.

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        • You dont need to be a master of tactics like yourself (not) to relise your game is based on keeping possesion! but in the 1st half hour you couldnt get near Everton to get the the ball end of

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    • damn, i gave you thumb down without reading #aha

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  52. welldone gunners,it could have been greater if there most subtitution options to bring moreal or Varmenin in,then our striking force little worrisome.up gunners

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      I think three subs in one game is a fair rule. Five would be as silly as most international friendlies.

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  53. I say it how is is we should of won this game we took the lead and the goal scored against us should of been avoided based on last season we dont do well against the big teams we should of beat Man U for example this season.

    If we lose to City and Chelsea potentially we could fall from top spot.

    putting all that aside atleast we didnt lose and if we get a result off city or City we will be top after christmas.

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    • Its fine, if we lose to City and Chelsea we’ll be 1pt off the top, if you offered that to me in the beginning of august I would have taken it. Usually we are in double digits behind the leaders at this point in the season.

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      • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

        Remember that for that scenario to happen both City and Chelsea must win their other match of the next two as well as the one each has against us. We could lose both and still be two points clear of them both, in theory.

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  54. chelsea*

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  55. Giroud. What a shot that was. The commentator shouted, “…lets fly a THUNDERBOLT.”

    What a perfect word! If only it had gone in!!!

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  56. The equalizer was a dagger to my heart. Didnt expect it really,given that we‘ve defended 1-0 leads against bigger opposition e.g. Dortmund. I hope the squad bounce back quickly from this result. Anyway COYG.

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  57. Wenger out.

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  58. Just got back from Emirates. Great game to watch and a draw is a fair result. Everton will roll over other “top 6″ teams this season for sure.

    Right now would take a D/D/W for our next 3 games.

    COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  59. Good point considering Howard Webb was a thundercunnt… Allowed Everton to foul consistently when we were in possession and gave most 50/50′s to Everton.

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  60. I like arteta, but the lad love’s to jump into tackles far too many times for my liking,he will run away from his position and jump in, only for the opponent to turn him and have a clear run on goal.

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  61. superanderslimpar

    Good game, felt like two top teams going at each other. Shame we couldn’t hang on, but couldn’t really grumble about the quality of the strikes.

    Will be interested to see what Blogs of it with his ratings, but Per & Kos absolutely outstanding, great save by Scz at the end, Ozil just oozes class, & thought Theo made a real difference when he came on. Not Santiago or Jacks best day, & no offence to the Corporal, but you realise how good Sagna is when he isn’t out there. Will bite your hand off for 1-1 in the next two games.

    Quick one on Everton – decent 5 pts for them in a week, & showing Moyes up for what he really is. I don’t think they will that far away in May, especially if they get another forward in.

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  62. Gutbukkit Deffrolla

    Last week Mourinho said it would be easy for Chelsea to pull back the 4 points they were adrift of Arsenal. After a week and two games that were arguably easier for Chelsea than us the gap has increased to 5 points. Easy, eh?

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    • I also enjoyed how Mourinho crowed about loaning out Lukaku so he could “score against our rivals but not against us”, then he lost to Stoke on a goal scored by a Liverpoo loanee.

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  63. Not a bad result considering we played so sloppily. Need to up our game for 2 big games this week. Positives were our defence and Theo’s contribution

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  64. Now that was one entertaining game,credit where its due:everton played great.
    Was unfortunate enough to watch the game with man u fans,how our enemies rejoice when we stumble….i thought there was an earthquake. Man city next COYG!!!

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    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      They can’t take any joy from their own team nowadays, so they have to look elsewhere to get their jollies. When you think about it, that Everton equaliser was the only real joy they’ve had in three or four days, and meant that they only slipped one more point off the pace. They’re also sad that David Mopes has probably broken their little Roger Von Poodle.

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  65. God, I thought that screaming line drive from Giroud was going in; oh well, that’s football. Solid effort by the lads today against a stubborn opponent, hopefully that’ll carry over to Wednesday and beyond.

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  66. Eric Irish gunner

    At the game fair result, Everton will not be beaten by many teams

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  67. At the beginning of the season, I would have been very happy with the result and our unbelievable position. But over the course of last 15 matches, our expectation from this team has changed greatly. We now expect nothing less than a victory from all our home games. It was especially painful after getting the lead with 7 minutes to go.

    Their goal happened because Barkley managed to keep the ball from us in the midfield. We should not have let that ball reach the Barca kid in the first place. The pity is that we had Flamini and Arteta on pitch at the time. We really should not be letting such goals to happen. Titles are won on small margins and if this team seriously believes in its own ability and the goal for it is to win the league this year then they should be seriously disappointed with the result tonight. I don’t buy this “fair” result argument. How many times we have seen Man U win despite the other team playing wonderfully. The won loads of titles by playing “badly” and wining. We need that attitude if we want this title. I don’t care how unfair it would have been if we would have won while Everton played wonderful football.

    I hope the players go to Man City with the mentality of getting a win. That should be the main target.

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  68. Incredible game of football. Personally I would have liked to see walcotts introduction earlier in the second half. He was very effective along the right flank. Nearly shit myself after the HFBs screamer. Nonetheless fair result considering the quality of everton and our seemingly slow start to get into the game.

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  69. Great point, but bit disappointed that we could not get all the 3. Great performance and mental strength.

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  70. In the end not a bad point,and if we manage to get 4 out of the next 6 points it would be great, now a celebrity dies when Rambo don’t score, it used to be the opposite

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  71. 7 points would have been amazing but had someone offered us 5 points margin at the start of the weekend I would have taken it

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  72. On the “Martinez to Arsenal” note: I met him (twice) when Wigan had summer training in Sweden, and the bloke is as friendly and likeable as he seems. I’ve always admired him both for his abilities on the pitch as well as the character he displays in post-match interviews. I told him I was really happy he had turned down the Mugsmashers job (this was shortly after he returned from meeting with them in Miami). He smiled and said in a somewhat telling way that “it just wasn’t right.” I told him I was really happy because I hoped that he would manage my beloved Arsenal one day. At that, he chuckled and said that we play the best football in England, and that everyone wants to play that way.

    I’m not a betting man, but damnit if I don’t put a fiver on him taking over the reins when Arsène hangs up his boots someday.

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  73. Everton were good but we should still have won the game. The goal we conceded was poor and frankly, as good as Everton were, I hope the team don’t feel a draw is good enough. They should want to win that game and be angry with themselves for letting the lead slip.

    The reason it is frustrating is because I feel like if we hadn’t scored to go 1-0 then the match would have finished 0-0.

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  74. Don’t be disappointed guys, the look on RVP’s face is good enough to cheer any Gooner up.

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  75. Incredible game of football..the last 15 or so mins I was on the edge of my seat coz it could have gone either way..and the tension lasted all the way till the end..gutted we didn’t sneak it in the end..cept when they play us I think ill be cheering for everton this season..they look like a good hardworking side looking to actually play..hope they finish top 4 at the expense of chelshit..oh and arsenal tottenham FA cup! What a mouthwatering prospect indeed!

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  76. Got to say, ref did not help us one bit.

    Whenever Everton broke up play by slicing through our players (especially towards the end of the first half) they got away with it. There must have been 7 poor tackles within a matter of minutes and just as we had started to get into the game.

    A professional ref should know the difference when a team is trying to tackle to win the ball and then when a team is going in just to break up play. And if the reason for going into a challenge is to bring the player down, then it’s a card.

    We (Flamini largely) do this too; and likewise it should be a card. It should not be allowed to happen again and again whilst being unpunished.

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