Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Arsenal 2 - Everton 1

Once again, the Gunners showed great resilience today, as they came from behind at home to defeat Everton. In the first half, Arsenal were playing against 13 men, rather than 11, as they had to contend with a referee and one linesman who might as well have been wearing Everton jerseys. The Toffees took the lead on a fine goal by Louis Saha. The only problem was that Saha was at least one, maybe two, yards offside when the ball was played to him. The fact that an Arsenal defender got a foot on the pass as it was coming through could not have put him onside. But the linesman's flag stayed down.

In the second half, it was pretty much all Arsenal, especially after they tied the match 1-1. Fabregas played a lovely ball over the top that second-half substitute Andrei Arshavin calmly collected and volleyed into the back of the net. Arshavin is clearly beginning to rediscover his form, and the timing couldn't be better, especially given that Nasri is out for at least two or three weeks with a pulled hamstring. Eventually, Arsenal took the lead for good on a corner kick, when Everton failed to mark Laurent Koscielny at the far post, who had an easy header to earn the victory for the Gunners.

The home win secured Arsenal' second place position, 5 points behind Manchester United. Arsenal are now 4 points ahead of third-place Manchester City. Chelsea are a further point behind in fourth, having done more than any other team to strengthen their squad during the January transfer window.

Next up for Arsenal, a trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

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