Let's get back on Song soon...

Arsene Wenger seems almost lost for words after the disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Everton yesterday. Most pundits say the Toffees dominated the second half but I think they were restricted to a few breakaways — one of which was devastating and wouldn’t have happened if Tom Rosicky hadn’t given the ball away nor indeed had Manuel Almunia stay stood — and that we pretty much camped on the edge of the box and had most of the possession. Then again, what do I know — apart from it was freezing and the bloke with my ticket turned his phone off at 3pm and I was lucky to get in at 3.15pm thanks to a lateconer with a spare season ticket.
To this morning’s papers the, and the Sunday Mirror carries quotes from AW on the clash and it’s obvious he was stunned by the fact thyat we missed out on the chance of nabbing three points. Of David Moyes’ side, he said: “They were sharper for the majority of the game. In the end we were grateful to get a point. We were closer to losing the game than winning it. We were flat.
“The fact that we managed to get a point says a lot for the spirit in our team. Yes, it was an important goal because it reflected that spirit. That was a reward for the effort we produced. We would not accept defeat. Why were they sharper? To be honest, I don’t know the answer to that.”
The News of the World’s Andy Dunn — a Liverpool diehard — saw his Merseyside rivals in a different light to me and this passage sums that up…
‘Even boss Wenger admitted that fortune had been his most accomplished performer. Treat that admission as a collector’s item. Arsenal were outplayed. In all aspects of the game. Nowhere more than in central midfield, where Marouane Fellaini stood haircut and shoulders above everybody else.
‘But such was the ineffectiveness of characters such as Samir Nasri, Abou Diaby and even Aaron Ramsey, that was not as tough a task as it might seem. Arsenal’s lethargy bordered on indifference. Basic requirements were neglected. The Gunners have dominated Everton the way Phil Taylor has dominated darts over the last decade.’
But what does he know?
The Daily Star Sunday’s take on proceedings highlighted the golden chance we missed yesterday and reminded us of the thumping we gave the Bluenoses at Woodison (if you’ve been there you’ll get it) at the start of the season.
It reports: Arsenal beat the freeze – but couldn’t defeat plucky Everton.  In fact, it took an equaliser in the second minute of added time from substitute Tomas Rosicky to salvage a point for Arsene Wenger’s side. And after the disappointment of having Wednesday’s match against Bolton postponed, this was another blow to Arsenal’s title chances.
This was their game in hand – the chance to move within a point of Chelsea. But they rarely looked like winning, despite slaughtering Everton 6-1 at Goodison on the opening day of the season.
The Sunday Times reflects on a difficult afternoon for Aaron Ramsey against a robust Everton midfield but he will grow and learn and be a massive asset for us in years to come. They report: ‘Without the injured Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal picked Aaron Ramsey in the pivotal midfield role but the Welsh international is only 19. From the start, Everton reacted sharply every time he got on the ball. It was as though they wanted to know how much steel the teenager had.’
And what has been missed by many in the media is the fact that we were nowhere near as effective without the guard that is Alex Song. However the Telegraph does point out that ‘with Alex Song currently absent at the African Cup of Nations and Cesc Fabregas injured, their frustration was compounded by the sight of Denilson being stretchered off in the second half.’ More injuries.
The paper goes on to reveal that AW might get his rod out any time soon to catcha a new player or two. AW confirmed that Arsenal could look to strengthen across the squad, not just in attack. “We are open to it and in every position,” he said. “It’s a bit like being a fisherman – you try here, you try there. You have listed in your head of priorities, one, two, three, four, and you always try to get number one.”
Of West Ham’s Carlton Cole, he added: “We have been linked with Carlton Cole, who is a great player who I rate, but there is no truth to this story as he is injured at the moment, and with all the injuries we want someone who will be available straight away.”
Next up…a trip to the grim north where Owen Coyle has just taken charge of Bolton…

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