Match Day: Everton vs Arsenal

The season starts today, and right now the summer hasn’t seemed too long. Of course, it’s more down to the protracted transfer sagas that have kept our minds busy – a protracted summer than has seen Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Rui Fonte and Amaury Bischoff leave and only Thomas Vermaelen join us…

But never fear, Arsene is wears the magic hat and the other recent additions of Andrei Arshavin, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey may have been forgotten by many Arsenal fans… including myself… so it’s time to put the ins and outs behind and concentrate on today’s game against Everton…

Everton v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League, Goodison Park
Saturday, August 15, 2009, 17:30

Today’s opening fixture is against last season 5th placed team Everton, so it’s 4th against 5th from last season and it’s a very hard test for the start of the season. Followed up with a game against Celtic away, we’re in for a tough couple of days.

Team news sees us without a whole host of players in Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky and Djourou. That is four midfielders out and it’s an area of the field we always seem to have injuries in. Arsene has been adopting his 4-2-3-1 in pre-season and you’d presume it’s more of an away day formation, and surely prevalent in today’s game…

Expected line up today will most probably be:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy

Denilson – Song

Bendtner – Cesc – Arshavin

Van Persie

With the bench comprising of: Mannone, Traore, Silvestre, Eboue, Ramsey, Wilshere and Eduardo.

Everton are without a few keys players in Arteta, Saha and a few others, and their expected line up today is:

Howard

Hibbert – Yobo – Lescott – Baines

Osman – Neville – Cahill – Fellaini – Pienaar

Jo

So, a decent team for Everton, but we definitely have the capability of beating them. Both Arsene and David Moyes have been in the press before the game and Moyes was questionned about Everton’s ability to get into the top four and replace Arsenal, and the Scotsman had this to say:

“Arsenal are not a weak link. They have fantastic players. There will be a challenge from Aston Vill, City and Spurs. They are all rightly getting mentioned to be right up there. It may not be Arsenal who do not stay in the top four – it can be any one of a number of clubs there. It will be harder to finish fifth again – that’s obvious – but I felt it would be harder last season with the likes of Spurs and Newcastle spending. We proved that with a stable club we can achieve success rather than with just the money. There have not been many changes here, it is the same players, so why should we not feel we can finish fifth or better again?”

Not really sure what the reference to Newcastle was, but interesting words from Moyes. And Everton have remained in the top six and if you compare them with the spending of similar clubs, they haven’t spent as much as Villa and Sp*rs. Fellaini was about £17m if I am correct, but can’t really remember them spending too much else…

Arsene was also in the press and talked about the stability of the club as well as that of Everton:

“We have the advantage of stability. We are not in the position where we have too much worry about fitting in the players. We know how we want to play and the players know how we want to play. I believe that can be an advantage. Unfortunately Everton have the same advantage. Overall I feel this is an important game for us,” he went on. “And we are conscious it is the most crucial week of the season. I expect by the end of next week to be preparing for Portsmouth and the second leg of the Celtic tie,” he smiled, “and after that I hope I will be a very happy man.”

Positive words from the boss and it’s a matter of hours before the first game of the season kicks off…

All I have left to say is Come On You Gooners!

  • Fo

    One minute to go… Chelsea 1 – 1 Hull!

    Chelsea have looked a little disjointed, but Hull have been lucky too…!

  • Fo

    Typical Chelsea, somehow jammy goal… saw Drogba scored in the 92nd minute and they are now leading 2-1!!!

  • Fabrez

    Yh Fo…not suprised. Chelsea have always been a team who seems to want it more than their opposition. That’s wat i wanna c frm to Gunners all season long. That relentless effort. We CAN win the league! How much do the lads want it? C’mon u Gunners!

  • Leeroy.N

    I hate Chelsea at time. But that kind of never give up attitude is what we need to adopt into our game. Whether Drogba’s goal was meant or not (even though he just admitted it was a cross) thats the kind of luck and perseverance we have to find this season. We rarely get that kind of goal, most of our goals come through good play. Come on you Gunners!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • devday

    Had a feeling Chelsea would do it, so put a £5 bet on it with 4 minutes to go at 17/10 and made £8.50… not much, but would have paid a fiver to see Chelsea draw… I’m learning to bet against the result I want, so I’m happy on both accounts in different ways…

    But very annoying to see Chelsea get the winner, but Hull at home should really be a home banker (ahem…)…!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Ade has scored for the Manc’s after 3 mins

  • Berth

    how old is Ireland – I like that guy.

  • Leeroy.N

    Wenger like Ireland too. I think we should have grabbed him last season. He’s too good for Citeh.

    RVP, Bendter and Arshavin in attack,
    Song, Denilson and Fabregas
    Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen and Clichy
    Almunia

    Nice and strong statement to start with.
    Come on you Gunners!!
    Lets get those 3 points.

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Leeroy.N

    What a goal!!!1-0 Denilson!

  • Leeroy.N

    Lovely hold up play by Bendtner, great skill, lovely passing and vision by Fabregas and a strikers finish by Denilson. Beautiful!

  • Leeroy.N

    2-0! Vermaelen!! Great delivery and perfect free header for the centre back!

  • Leeroy.N

    3-0!! Gallas! I love this team
    Keep going boys.. finish them of!!

  • Marc Callan

    Song is playing legendary…anyone know did we transfer the old one with the new 1?

  • Berth

    Leeroy thats the spirit.

  • Berth

    Did anyone see Gallas expression when he scored. I will explain after the second half

  • Leeroy.N

    We havent been brilliant but he have been very efficient on the ball. Not too waste full, very few major mistakes. Bendter seems more assured out wide now. Arshavin causing alot of trouble. Defensively in tune with each other. Everyone is watching the ball and where players are. The defensive like is high but cautious. It’s a well worked strategy, front to back. I like it!

    Gooner Til I Die!!!

  • Pete

    If it finishes like this, we’ll be top of the league on goal difference :D

  • Leeroy.N

    4-0!! Fabregas!
    Absolutely amazing counter attack!

  • Leeroy.N

    HAHA! wow! 3 nutmegs along the way to score that goal!

  • Leeroy.N

    5-0!! Fabregas! haha

  • Vazy

    5-0 now there’s no way I expected this score line so far! Comon Gooners make it 7!

  • Leeroy.N

    6-0!! Eduardo! BEAUTIFUL!

  • Leeroy.N

    almost making history too!

    Gooner Til I Die

  • Leeroy.N

    Brilliant win!

  • Pete

    WOW! Amazing result :D

    Almunia, Gallas, Vermaelen, Song, Fabregas, Denilson, did fantastically well. Was so impressed with those guys today.

    We’re top of the league :D

  • Kuka

    …awesome game. The team fought collectively. Really impressive.

  • VJ

    we were soo good bendtner arshavin and van persie gelled so well song was also brilliant dont know how walcott nasri and rosicky are going to break into this team after that performance maybe we dont need anyone song was sooo good sorry but his performance took pressure of sagna and gallas to track back

  • jeffvip

    Maybe we still need Hangeland but I don’t think we need a DM now. Just hope that Song didn’t get any injury. Surprise me though with such a big win.

  • AJ

    What a fucking result, I was also very impressed by Vermaelen. I loved every minute of it.

  • Yemi

    can u beat that scoreline on day one ? absolute wonder, very unbeleivable !!! very sweet, i am sure gunnner have a good nite rest

  • Kuka

    …I know the season is still young and off course its game number one, but surely, not in my dreams did I expect a 6-1 rout. Am off to celebrate…..Bring on Celtic…

  • sam

    Only one word: WOW!

    Go Gunners, Go!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    I was actually scared to look at the score and am still shocked at the result. I have set MOTD to record that bad boy. Good on Edu scoring too as he is in my fantasy team, as well as Arshavin…did he assist any?

  • Marc Callan

    Arshavin didn’t assist, he hit the ball against the post and ed toe poked it…just happy as I had vaellemen in my fantasy…also Almunia got an assist

  • VJ

    guys was wondering who was man of the match if anyone knows also, i know it was a great performance but as wenger said one game at a time we now need to consider the lineup for tuesday again away from home walcott should be fit but where will he play if does. unless wenger rests on of the attacking three denilson seems the only one to replace, with fabregas and song playing that deep role again. Fabregas plays well there i think it allows him to go up should he wish and also dictate the midfield and help the youngsters out.

  • Marc Callan

    I would think keep the same line up…don’t fix it if it’s not broken…honestly Fab and Van ran the show…for Tursday put Theo on the bench…let him replace the wee Russian at the hour mark as he won’t have the legs for more…

    Quick question, what was the story with Fabs celebration for one of the goals?

  • Pete

    Marc – Fabregas’ celebration was in memory of Daniel Jarque, a Spanish Espanyol player who died recently of a heart attack.

    VJ – I think cesc got MOTM. He got two goals and two assists.

  • zaheer

    WHAT A GAME LADS!

    I was a bit disappointed that Eduardo didnt start, I had him as captain in my fantasy team… I was counting on him, though he did get a goal in the end…

    I kind of like the fact that no one sees us as title contenders this year, it takes a lot of the pressure off. Even though todays thrashing of Everton might cause a few to reconsider.

    Btw, does anyone know what the arsenal song is?

  • debs

    That was an awesome awesome match! I actually though it’d end in a draw! And oddly enough, my usin predicted, before the match started, that it’ll be 6 nil! If not for that Saha goal at the end! It made my day, cos I had a party today for my birthday, we did end up watching he match, and it ws the perfect gift! I hope we continue in this vein all season! Also glad Vermaeln scored on his debut, and Cesc and Edu scored as well! Well played guys! Bring on Celtic! Woo!

  • Fabrez

    Ah yes! Very sweet victory indeed! Couldn’t b happier quite frankly! Not being able to come on the WOA earlier was killing me due lack of proper internet but I am absolutely delighted it must be said. It was a classy Arsenal against a poor Everton honestly but it’ll give the guys confidence as we look ahead to the Manchester matches and of course, Celtic. Saw the goals but can’t wait to see the extended highlights to analyse our performance. And seeing that ppl thought Song was immense…he may just grow into that DM position this term alothough I’d still go for one because that is a hard job. But ever so delighted it must be said. I don’t celebrate birthdays debs but surely that performance is a gift for us fans any day of the year! :D C’mon u Gunners…the journey has just begun!

    Gooner 4 life!

  • VJ

    yeah guys i agree we should play the same team against celtic though maybe wenger will want to rest one or teo players and play walcott and eduardo though this is are best team in my opinion even if everyone was fit (maybe rosicky for denilson) but it is key we let players rest so they dont pick up injuries. We have games coming thick and fast, celtic on tuesday then pompey over the weekend followed by celtic again then man u so we shall see wat wenger wants to do whether he will rest players or stick to the same team

  • RF

    WHAT A F***IN VICTORY !!!!
    Unbelievable, It was Top Class. Its a Dream start !

    Gooner 4eva !!

  • dave

    what a game we totally outplayed a very poor everton side and for once took the chances lets not get carried away its a long time to may but what a start to the season

  • Leeroy.N

    DAVE – I agree, Everton were below par. They did try to capitalise on how strong and dominant they are in the air, but players such as Vermaeln and Song stood up to the challenge and bettered it. They were fearless, composed and calm always. Even when everton tried to put pressure on us. What I loved most is that even after the 3rd goal we knew Everton had no way back, and they still were hungry for more, hungry to finish them off beyond any means of a come back.. Brilliant! Thats the energy and mind-set we need in EVERY match. I know its ealry days, still 37 games left to go. No matter what happens, that is a message and a statement to show teams, players, manager, fans and haters of what we are capable of. Come on you Gunners!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Leeroy.N

    Has anyone heard about the possible Van Der Vaart Transfer? Aroun 6Mil I have read. Decent prospect, experienced, full international, good from set pieces, nice free flowing player, technical and skillful. He would add another dimension to our squad and would be good off the bench. But is it what we really need? I’m still for a Centre Back and a Defensive Mid. Song played excellent yesterday, but with the African Cup of Nations coming up we need someone to be able to fill that void and cover for rest as well as any injuries along to the way. If true Van Der Vaart has my vote! Lets get who we NEED.. not who WANT.

    Gooner Til I Die!!

  • Jimmy

    We could do with the signing of a CB, preferably Hangeland, withe senderos set to leave we will only have 2 CBs not including song, as gallas and silvestre are free agents at the end of the year.