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).