A rampant Gunners destroyed an inept Everton outfit all goals can be viewed here my short blog today is to confirm what I have felt about the performance of this team from pre-season until this fantastic result yesterday. The team’s momentum from last season is there. But there is a great difference which should give us all confidence for Arsenal being able to achieve better than last season. the difference relates to the work ethic. Niklas Bendtner was the player who last season grafted out wide right. He was alongside Arshavin the main reason why Arsenal got into good positions. This work ethic appears to have been
Almunia launches the ball out from his area and finds Bendtner whose excellent first touch controls the ball off his chest and then turns two defenders inside out and squares the ball to Fabregas who as he is being closed down, quickly lays the ball out to the oncoming Denilson who curls the ball inside the near post. A beautiful strike, a great goal, and I am so happy for Denilson who really enjoyed his celebration. If he can continue to work as hard as he did, then as well as forcing me to eat my words, he will finally take that step up. The detail? he seemed more focused and his movement forward was more intelligent.
Robin van Persie takes a long free kick after Clichy was clattered by Cahill. The Everton back four line up against Gallas, Song and rather intelligently as the ball is curling across, Vermaelen peels off the group at the far post and delivers a wonderfully executed header of the side of his head past the Everton Keeper. he was unmarked because of the late way that he peeled off the ball, his intelligent timing made Everton look poor, this was an excellently executed set piece.
Here one can really say that the Everton defence was at fault, but again, it was all down to timing. The free kick from Fabregas is delivered into the danger area with pace. Something wwe did not see last season. The Everton defence were looking for Vermaelen at the far post and completely lost the run of Gallas, allowing him to glance the ball past Tim Howard. just before this goal, again resulting from a free kick, ther was a good interchange of passses between Song, Denilson and Fabregas. Denilson’s pass forward was exquisite, and again there were one touch passing movements which we have longed to see. the return of Wengerball! this detail more than makes up for the apparent poor show of Everton, and it is this kind of movement that will see this team get the rewards it deserves.
Here Everton were undone by Arsenal winning ball they had no right to from the hard work of Clichy. Having dispossessed the Everton player, Denilson made the break away and made a sublime pass to van Persie who sprinted onto the ball down the left channel and laid the ball into Fabregas to slide the ball under an advancubng Howard. Beautiful positive and efficient football.
Wonderful solo effort by our captain who collected Almunia’s throw and sprinted down the central midfield and drew the defence to the right and using this feint unleashed a powerful low strike inside Howard’s near post. In a pre-arranged tribute, Cesc held up a shirt number 21 with Daniel Jarque on the back. The Espanyol captain 26 yr old died recently from a heart attack. Prior to this goal, Song, Arshavin and Denilson had all dominated the midfield, which left lots of space for Fabregas.
A goal typical of a “Fox in the box”, Eduardo who collected the rebound from Arshavin’s shot off the far post. the goal had profited from possession that had been made again by a good interchange of pass and move activity with this time Eboue, running forward. The key theme here? teamwork off the ball. Unselfish running to draw players away from the intended final destination.
A silly consolation to concede, mainly due to the inattention of Eboue, who went to sleep as the save from Almunia rebounded into the path of the frenchman to score with ease. Defensively, the concession was sloppy but the team can be forgiven as for when it counted, the defence looked very sturdy and unlikely to concede as easily as this goal suggests.
Hardwork in the challenges, Precision passing, Running off the ball, One touch movements, blistering pace on the counter, and finally excellent set pieces. It is this attention to detail that will silence the critics. It is only one result and Gunners would do well not to get carried away like the fans of our North London neighbours the Scum, who after this victory would be releasing commemorative DVDs and shouting that they will win the Champions League. Just enjoy the scoreline, but be reassured that this was no fluke. Everton were made to look poor by the hard work of this team. Well done lads. Whether the anti-Arsenal media pundits like it or not, and believe me many do not, and they continue to write us off despite this result, Arsenal are top of the league and look to remain there for at least the first two weeks of the 2009/10 season.