This evening, Arsenal won 1-0 against Everton at Goodison Park. Luckily, the other results also went our way with Chelsea losing to Man City and the Spuds managing a draw against the Neanderthals in the last minute of the match. Our win gave us the three points and took us to the third spot on the league table.
It wasn’t ever going to be easy at Everton because they are a good side particularly at home. However, we came out all guns blazing for that match and we totally dominated the first quarter of an hour. We could have had two goals in the first three minutes but they were somehow cleared by Everton.
In the six minute, Tomas Rosicky fed a magnificent pass to Robin van Persie, who unselfishly headed down the ball for Aaron Ramsey to score but he blasted it over the bar. A minute later, Ramsey fired another shot but it got deflected out of target.
In the eight minute, van Persie put the ball into the box and Thomas Vermaelen headed it into the back of the net and gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead. The Belgian centre-half has shown in the past few weeks that he really means business this time.
We could have had some more after that as Mikel Arteta passed to van Persie but his shot got saved and then another effort by Vermaelen’s got deflected.
After that, we played some brilliant one-touch football for a while but then Everton made some adjustments. The Toffees blocked off the right-hand side of the field and that made things a bit difficult for us and allowed them to create a few chances.
Just after the half-hour mark, Everton thought they had scored through Royston Drenthe but the linesman flagged it offside. TV replays showed that it was Nikica Jelavic who was offside and he wasn’t interfering with the play so the reality is that the goal should have stood. But fortunately for us, the referee made the wrong call there so it was a nice payback for Louis Saha’s offside goal at the Emirates last season. Just a few moments before the half-time break, Rosicky’s pinging left-footed shot was saved by Tim Howard.
Everton were the better of the two sides in the opening exchanges of the second half. They put the Gunners’ defence under pressure but out backline coped really well. The home side’s period of slight domination lasted for about 20 minutes, during which Wojciech Szczęsny made a great save from Marouane Fellaine, but then after that, the game kind of evened itself out.
Van Persie’s shot hit the post, which was followed by another Ramsey effort that was again saved by Howard. Arsenal captain then had another great chance to double our lead when he was fed by Gervinho but the Dutchman’s shot flew over the bar.
In the end, it finished 1-0 in Arsenal’s favour and yes Everton were unlucky but credit to our boys who hung in there for the full three points.
We have now won five straight league matches and it is no more than we deserve as our boys have defended for the full 90 minutes and pressed the opponents quite well. Credit goes to our players’ never-say-die attitude and the team spirit that have enabled them to produce injury-time winners and late comebacks in so many matches now.
So we’re back to third, ahead of Spuds, who have gone absolutely silent now and it’s just FANTASTIC for us!
On a separate note, I would like to wish our former player Fabrice Muamba a speedy recovery. By now everyone knows what happened to him last Saturday and we just wish him well and hope that he gets completely healthy as soon as possible.
Back to football now! We play Aston Villa on Saturday and i can’t say that it will be an easy fixture but we should win this one considering the rich vein of our form. The match will be played at the Emirates and the Villans have one loss and a draw to show from their last three away outings in the league so yes i fully expect Arsenal to take all three points in that one.