6-star Gunners humiliate awful Everton

There was a sense of nervousness around Goodison Park yesterday. Everton wanted to prove they could challenge for a spot in that exclusive Big Four club. Pundits had written Arsenal off as title contenders. The Gunners wanted to show those pundits that they could challenge for Premier League honours come May. And that’s exactly what they did.

Fans would have seen Chelsea scrape past Hull earlier on in the day. They had set a benchmark for Arsenal to try and pass. And boy, did they pass it in style.  In the early stages, things were shaky. Both sides were making mistakes, but Arsenal soon settled into their sublime passing style. On 24 minutes, Arsenal rightly took the lead. Nicklas Bendtner, sporting his new squad number of 52, came in from the right wing, where he had started the day. He took the ball under control, played it inside to Cesc Fabregas. He in turn layed it off for Denilson, who hit a brilliant curling shot into the top left-hand corner of Tim Howard’s goal. That made it 1-0 to Arsenal. The Gunners stayed strong, but couldn’t stop Everton inevitably going on the attack. A corner swung in by Leighton Baines was met by the tall head of Marouane Fellaini, who glanced a header towards the Arsenal goal. Denilson turned from scorer to defender as he cleared the ball off the line. Everton continued to attack, but on 37 minutes, Arsenal were given a free-kick. Curled in by Robin Van Persie, it was met by the head of new centre back Thomas Vermaelen, who watched it nestle in the bottom corner of the Everton goal. Then, just 4 minutes later, another free-kick from an almost identical position on the other side of the pitch, ended up in the back of the net after a glancing header by William Gallas from Fabregas’ free-kick. 3-0 to Arsenal before the half time interval.

When the teams came out for the second half, some of thr Everton players looked ashen faced. They were disjointed in the first half, and while Cesc Fabregas waited until all of his team-mates were ready to come out of the tunnel before he emerged, the Everton players came out at different times, by twos and ones. As all of the Arsenal players emerged from the tunnel, the Gunners fans cheered. This obviously encouraged them even more, as just 3 minutes after the restart, Arsenal scored again. Everton were on the attack, and the ball came out of the penalty box, and landed at the feet of Fabregas, who played the ball into space for Van Persie to run onto. Van Persie returned the favour, playing the ball through the legs of Joseph Yobo, and Fabregas collected it, took one touch, and hammered a left footed shot through the legs of Tim Howard. 4-0, and Arsenal didn’t look like letting up. They took their foot off the pedal slightly, but on 68 minutes, the same scenario happened again. Everton were attacking again, when the ball once again dropped to the feet of Cesc Fabregas. This time, however, he didn’t look for Van Persie. In fact, he didn’t look for anyone. He drove forward all the way to the edge of the Everton box, and let go of the ball finally. Unfortunately for Everton, when he let go of the ball, he fired the ball into the back of Tim Howard’s constantly bombarded net. He dedicated it to his close friend Daniel Jarque, the Espanyol captain who tragically died last weekend. By this time, David Moyes had made wholesale changes. Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman and Jo had been replaced by Louis Saha, Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell. Arsene Wenger had already replaced Nicklas Bendtner with Emmanuel Eboue, and soon made some more, with Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie being replaced by Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo Da Silva, who appeared in his first Premier League game since being treated for a broken leg picked up in a game against Birmingham City in February 2008. It turned out to be his first game, in which he scored his first goal, as on 88 minutes, a toepoke by the superb Andrey Arshavin deflected on to the post, and bounced up at Eduardo, who tapped it in. Despite the 6 goals scored by Arsenal, they will be disappointed with conceding, as Louis Saha scored a goal, which probably can’t even be classified as a consolation.

One Response to “6-star Gunners humiliate awful Everton”

  1. billy Says:

    Nice article but your description of the 4th goal is inaccurate. The ball popped out to Arshavin, who played it through Hibbert’s legs to Denilson, who feinted like he was going to come inside and played a reverse pass to Van Persie, who slotted it through Yobo’s legs to Cesc who in turn put it through Howard’s.

    End to end in 3 passes and a goal that had 3 nutmegs in the process. Beautiful stuff.

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