Arsenal 4-1 Everton: The Guff

Arsenal 4-1 Everton: The Guff

Here’s the reaction from the press and the blogs to yesterday’s 4-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup.

At half-time I really couldn’t have told you who I thought would win the game. It had been attacking, expressive and largely high quality stuff. The American term slobberknocker came to mind. It can describe particularly violent games (which this wasn’t) or particularly intense ones, which this most certainly was. – Goodplaya.

The scoreline flattered Arsenal somewhat, though there was little doubt that the best team won. Clinical in the final third, ruthlessly punishing the defensive errors that presented chances, the hosts served up a harsh lesson on Saturday. – Luke O’Farrell, ESPN.

Arsenal, once they took the lead, never looked like surrendering it. They finished with a flourish and their spirits should be lifted before their next assignment in the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. – Daniel Taylor, Guardian.

It is a chance, the strongest chance, to win a trophy for Arsenal for the first time in nine years and this felt like a significant hurdle that was crossed especially as Everton had looked the more threatening side for periods of this enthralling, vital encounter. – Jason Burt, Telegraph.

That sweeping euphoria of knowing that Arsenal have not let you down and that we will be front and centre when Wembley hosts the semi-finals. Whatever you may think about games other than the final taking place at the national stadium, being able to say, “Arsenal are going to Wembley” has an undeniably mellifluous ring to it. – The Armchair Gooner.

Maybe, just maybe, Arsenal are finally going to deliver on their perennial promise. The Premier League title is drifting out of reach, their Champions’ League campaign appears doomed, but after pulling away from Everton in the last quarter of this FA Cup quarter-final Arsène Wenger’s team are two matches from winning their first trophy in nine years. – Glenn Moore, Independent.

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