Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton: Slack win puts Gunners on top of league

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BPL Season 15/16: Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton

Match review and rants by a Malaysian Gooner

Rather peculiar, isn’t it? We lost to our first game at home to West Ham, failed to sign anyone except Petr Cech who didn’t start well either, and lost the first two games in our Champions League group before beating Bayern Munich, and now on top of the league after defeating Everton (pending on the Manchester derby later if we’d stay there). West Ham went on to defeat all of the top clubs so far including Chelsea yesterday. And look at where Chelsea and its cheating scumbags are right now in the bottom half of the table.

It wasn’t the most exciting game ever against Everton this time. The Gunners’ performance weren’t bad but the heavy rain did affect their usual passing game. Mesut Ozil’s good performance was unusually flashy this time as he was toying around with the defender on him from outside to inside of the box. He provided another league assist to Olivier Giroud for a beautiful header goal. Giroud was chosen to start over Theo Walcott as the central striker due to his strong impact whenever he comes off the bench. His performance was fantastic again — winning in the air, holding the ball impeccably and linking well the team. If only he can learn to be more consistent. Captain of the day Santi Cazorla delivered a great free kick for Laurent Koscielny’s headed goal. Peculiar, strange, what other similar word can I use? Both of Arsenal’s goals were headers!

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Alexis Sanchez on the other hand was ineffective again. He kept cutting in from the left and couldn’t do much. I hope it’s just fatigue and not a dip in form. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain replaced Aaron Ramsey to start on the right due to the latter’s hamstring injury from the previous game. It’s obvious that we’re missing Ramsey’s high work rate and intelligent runs into scoring positions off the ball. Chamberlain has a long way to go to cement the starting position. Gabriel replaced the ill Petr Mertesecker in central defense and he had quite a few significant moments, including the wicked deflection that caused us the clean sheet scored by Ross Barkley. But with his attitude and passion, it’s hard not to forgive him. It was bad luck anyway.

Hector Bellerin seemed to have found great confidence, as he should due to his recent brilliant performances, but I hope he won’t start overdoing things. He tried to dribble past defenders face-to-face from outside the box and failed a few consecutive times. I don’t think that’s what he’s supposed to be doing. I’m not sure if it was due to the rain, but both teams were very slack in the second half despite the scoreline being 2-1, casually attacking and defending. Our defence was exposed many times and it was worrying. Petr Cech was forced to make a top class out of the few defensive errors. Thankfully Everton players’ finishing weren’t great. There was once where Lukaku’s open header did beat Cech but fortunately not the bar. One would’ve thought le boss Arsene Wenger would tighten the defence up but Matthieu Flamini was subbed in within the final ten minutes to play like a striker in the box. We were unlucky not to finish off the game too as Ozil’s shot hit the post while Giroud’s hit the bar.

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The next few games will be tougher as we will be playing away from home in the next three games — against Sheffield United (which Wenger would definitely rest most starters), Swansea and Bayern Munich before coming back to face our North London rival, Tottenham Hotspurs. However, even if they managed to only win the two league games, my faith in Arsene Wenger could be restored and I would deemed the club worthy of my money. I shall buy a new jersey if we win the next two league matches! So come on, you Gunners! Take my money!

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Posted by Arsenal Videos on Saturday, 24 October 2015

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