Everton 1 – 1 Arsenal: Lucky escape means we earn a point…

Everton 1 – 1 Arsenal Good or bad? Bad performance or unlucky? It’s an interesting thing you know. I watched the game last night on Action Replay on Arsenal TV and to be honest, we controlled the whole game. We were good in midfield and good in possession. But the two players than came back into the side, Adebayor and Gallas, were probably the two most under performing players in the game. Gallas looked a bit shaky throughout – personally, I’d rather have Mr Arsenal aka Kolo Toure, and Adebayor looked very lethargic. With both United and Villa winning, yesterday’s game became even more important – if that makes sense – the fact we started the evening 9 points behind Man United should have been enough inspiration to go out and win the game. We started with the following formation:

Almunia Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy Denilson – Song – Diaby – Nasri Van Persie – Adebayor And it was a hybrid of the defensive / offensive approach I discussed yesterday. Everton have been at their best this year from set pieces – in fact can you remember the last time they scored in open play and we were sucker punched with half an hour to go, from a routine Evertonian cross and header from the man of the moment* Tim Cahill. (* if you are an Everton fan). Annoying, yes. Deserved, no. Whatever people say, we were the most likely to score, we did control the game, we did have more posession, we did look more dangerous. We were the away side, and the home side played defensive counter attacking. The point we got was earned. Earn through Van Persie’s brilliant left-foot strike in the last minute of stopping time, when Diaby finally managed to pass a ball in the right direction and with the right weight. VP’s up to 13 for the season (must update the right hand side) and he’s earned us so many points by himself. No doubt, he’ll be the next one to get crocked. On the transfer news front…. things are looked better, as Arsene has been commenting on how we’re 90% there.   Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Arteta, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Cahill (Anichebe 86).  Subs Not Used: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Gosling. Booked: Arteta, Hibbert. Goals: Cahill 61. Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna (Eboue 72), Djourou, Gallas, Clichy, Nasri, Denilson, Song Billong (Bendtner 72), Diaby, Adebayor, Van Persie. Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Toure, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs. Booked: Diaby, Nasri. Goals: Van Persie 90. Att: 37,097 Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Episode 29: A game of percentages.

As I sit here in my hotel room in Dubai, wondering whether I will start the season with Zenit or Arsenal, I look around and realise that I am only 87% awake. Only 82% thinking and only 67% hungry. Secret Agent Dennis Latcher is 69% coming to my room to review the contract I have been presented. I like numbers. My food has been 94% fish this week and I like it. SADL says that he is “very optimistic”. I am also 26% less not pessimistic.  He arrives at my door. “knock, knock”. I am presented with a fax of the cover story from an English tabloid. It is Sir Arsene – he speaks.   “There is nothing new on Arshavin, I have been concentrating on the game and not taking calls. But the deal is maybe 90 per cent completed. However, the final 10 per cent of any deal can be the most difficult.”   I smile. I smile again. 10% it is not done, 90% it is done. Maybe after all I will be on my way. My dream lives on.]]>

  • Marriich

    < ![CDATA[The biggest problem is that we don't know where the fault lies. Is it that money is there and he won't spend it or is there no money and his hands are tied? We just don't really know. Personally I don't think it is there and he is having to do his best without it. If thats the case then I understand why we are watching shite like Song, Eboue, Diaby and Denilson. I also understand that it would be seriously counter productive for him to say to us that they are shite. It would destroy what little 'belief' they do have. All I ask is that when we are poor he says ' we were poor tonight and the players know it because I have told them so'. Instead of that we get whinges about our opponents not wanting to play, 10 men behind the ball, poor pitch, tired etc. etc. Assuming that the money is not there then I think he is towing the company line and will not dis his employers publicly. Again, in many respects I understand that too. My company is utter shite but when dealing with suppliers etc. I speak well of the business for which I work. The board are the people that should be talking to us supporters and telling us how it is. Instead of this they treat us with utter contempt safe in the knowledge that their 40,000 waiting list will fill the seats of those that turn their backs. Complacency with regard to income generated by the fan base has created a board that feels it does not need to satisfy anyone. I'll always support this team as they are in my blood. The current problem being that they are causing it to boil far too often lately.]]>

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

    I don’t remember Wenger whining at all – he was very complimentary about Everton. Yes they played defensively but they played well, they weren’t dirty and they worked hard – Wenger acknowledged that.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Mariich's got a point. I've never heard Wenger say he was dissappointed with the team's performance and that they needed to do better. Most other top managers do that when they need to, when their team's given a shit performances. We've had many shit performances but we've never heard Wenger say it so that the fans know what's going on. He treats the fans, supporters, critics, opponents all as one - as the outsiders. And he treats his players like his children. It's about time they were treated as men and it's about farking time the fans were treated as part of the club. An occasional 'I'm very dissapointed with the effort of my players tonight. They need to do better if they want to win trophies or stay in the team' would definitely be a breath of fresh air. If that's asking too much then at least he could say 'The players that haven't played well know who they are. I've spoken to them about their performance and that they need to pull their socks up and wake the fark up' or some thing similar. The problem is that if someone's not playing well, they'll still get games because of the injury list. So, maybe, Wenger's threats won't work. Diaby, Song, Eboue and Adebayor certainly haven't pleased me over the course of the season. Denilson's been good with a few average performances but he's been better than those 4 loonies. The most consistent thing about our season has been the injuries !]]>

  • http://arsenalspot.wordpress.com Randy Osae

    < ![CDATA[Quality post man, f**king quality! The humor and everything! Cheers! Randy]]>

  • Fabrez

    Interestingly enuff, AW did admit that mistakes were made for the goal we conceded…so there u go!

  • Fabrez

    Interestingly enuff, AW did admit that mistakes were made for the goal we conceded…so there u go!

  • Fabrez

    Sry bout the comment twice =S