Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton, Walcott & Nasri inspire victory as injuries mount…

Howdie folks, and what a game…

Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton
Osman (9), Nasri (48), RVP (70), Theo (90)

It was classic Arsenal in the first half, with us going behind but our second half response was pretty emphatic, and secured three vital points to take us third in the league. Arsene opted to play Alex Song at right back, a slightly unfamiliar position for the Cameroonian, the full line up was:

Almunia

Song – Toure – Silvestre – Clichy

Eboue - Cesc – Denilson – Nasri

Adebayor – Van Persie

With Gallas and Sagna, it was a debut for Silvestre and Eboue was drafted into right wing as Theo Walcott was rested.

Everton started with a 4-5-1 and debuted young Jack Rodwell in the holding midfield position.

Howard

Hibbert –  Jagielka – Lescott – Baines

Pienaar – Fellaini - Rodwell – Osman – Arteta

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Everton started the game well and although it was end to end for the firast five minutes, our makeshift defence was a little all over the place. Everton’s first real attack of the half resulted in a goal, when a simple 1-2 between Osman and Pienaar from central to the left wing, let Osman in before Silvestre to poke the ball into the back of the net. Silvestre no doubt would be kicking himself, he should have closed the player down much better.

That goal seemed to spark us into life and we started to pile on the pressure… A great ball from Cesc, a great run from Van Persie saw the Ducthman in front of goal, but Howard stopped the volley. Everton always seemed dangerous on the counter attack though and Osman went close shortly afterwards, a deflection by Silvestre keeping the score down.

The Toffees did well to clear a corner when Kolo Toure, who injured his shoulder in the process, went close to restoring parity. Lescott thwarted Nasri down one end, and nearly scored down the other, but Clichy chesting off the line to  keep it 1-0 at the half.

Toure’s shoulder injury seemd to get worse as the half drew to a close and he was subsituted at half time, with Walcott on for the Ivorian, Eboue to right back and Song in the centre of defence.

Now the game really got started.

It didn’t take long for us to get the equaliser when a great lay off from Silvestre saw Nasri smash the ball in the back of the net and there was a sense of relief around the Emirates. With such an unfamilar back line, it was clear to see that the midfield were aware to protect them by going forward, and Song, Eboue and Clichy ended up playing more like midfielders as we shifted the game play into their third.

We created chance after chance and Walcott and Nasri were being at their creative best. Van Persie blazed high from 12 yards, where hitting the target seemed easier. A few late challenges saw Hibbert go through Denilson, Clichy getting involved, and both him and Hibbert being injured.

We soon went in front when Ade laid off to Cesc whose shot was saved by Howard, but for Van Persie to head in the rebound. To be fair, we had dominated the second half and played some quick incisive football. Walcott wrapped up the win by scoring the third at the death, a neat one-two with Diaby and a good finish from the young Englishman.

Arsene spoke after the game and said:

“I am very proud of the way we came back with pride and we got a deserved victory.  In the last 20 minutes of the first half we were on top of them.  We had to reshuffle the team because we have a compact squad but everyone can play.  It was vital that we won for us to stay in the championship race.”

It’s amazing how he can use the phrase “stay in the Championship race” in October, but our shaky start to the season means we’ve still four points off the leaders.

Overall, a good result, three points, and a smile on my face…!]]>

  • Fo

    What a great second half. Our second half performance seemed so much more dynamic. We played well, looked dangerous and really deserved the victory!!

  • ArseFan101

    Adebayor was really crap today. I don’t think he has one single good game this season at all. Why oh why is he in our team???

  • AJ

    Great performance to come back, but everton seemed to just fold in the second half. And I agree, Adebayor has seemed to do little this season other than squander goals, that 30million for him surely could of been put to good use in finding a better striker?

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Well then - Ade still squandering chances and the back looking shakey, nothing much changes does it!

    Arsenal did do something though - they won ugly. Only Walcotts goal was visually appealing but the rest all counted.

    I think Song is clearly not a right back he kept getting pulled out of position leading to their goal and two or three scares. We looked better for having Eboue at right back, which I never thought I'd say! Everyone else played well though, and although he had a few mistakes, Denilson looked like he was under orders to stay defensive and it worked quite well allowing Cesc to go forwards...

    Good result in all in, hopefully some of the commentors on here will give the "WARCHEST SPEND SPEND !±111!!11!! LOLZ" shit a rest for a few days.]]>

  • devday

    I have to say it is strange to see such subdued performances from Ade. He’s seemed to have lost focus on the game. He seems to be off-side so much and he’s got such a bad touch. He does put in a shift, I really wonder what Arsene is thinking long term…

  • http://deleted Dan

    < ![CDATA[Great result yesterday. Same ol' same ol' really. Ade is gonna have to change something in his head because he doesn't seem to care right now. I think he has to be dropped. We have talented players wanting a chance. Its now or never really. He can't keep on giving Ade the oppertunity to make up for crap displays.

    Wuhey for Stoke City. I'm gonna enjoy going to work tomorrow. Mwahaha :D]]>

  • Maxi

    Hello Dan,Kieran; hope Arsenal made you all proud.Lets hope they improve from herethough I doubt this will happen.

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[I really don't understand what Arsenal need to do - even when they when against a top half team you're still doubtful? Doubtful of what?

    The challenge this year is even tougher – Liverpool actually look like a decent bet for the challenge on their current form, and Chelsea are awesome. But we can’t match either teams spending – its just not realistic. We’re ahead of Manchester United in the league though and are in the top 4.

    Not the perfect start but by no means dire!]]>

  • willsscott

    < ![CDATA[A good performance by Arsenal yesterday, in the second half anyway.

    I do think we need to look at our defence a bit though. I know Gallas and Sagna were missing but then why not play Eboue at right back and Song/Silvestre alongside Toure?

    It was much better that way in the second half when Walcott came on and before we signed Sagna, Eboue played every game at right back anyway.

    I'd also like to see Bendtner given a chance alongside RVP as Ade is just not hitting form at the moment. Or even Vela? He had a great game in the Carling Cup and i'm sure against mid-table opposition he could do something similar. Both are young players who'd love a chance to show what they can do on the real stage, and I'm sure have more motivation than Adebayor at the moment.

    Anyway, a good 3 points so we can't complain too much, lets just see it continue against Fenerbahce, West Ham and soon to be Championship opposition, Sp*rs!]]>