Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton: A massive win, Arshavin is back as he and Koscielny scored vital goals

February 1, 2011

ArsenaL 2 - 1 Everton:The team after Koscielny put us ahead

A massive win and crucial three points secured by us after coming back from a goal down.

It wasn’t a performance to be remembered but the desire and willingness to get the points was great. The spirit and character shown by the team was admirable. Despite not creating many clear chances, we continued to probe for goals and eventually got them. We kept our focus and patience. Our passing wasn’t quick and incisive but we were putting good pressure on the Everton backline, who were defending quite well. And in the end we got our reward.

Everton made a better start than us but got the goal controversially when Saha slotted home from an offside position in the 24th minute. Besides that Everton created very little.

Arshavin got the equalizer when he got the ball in the six-yard box from Rodwell’s back-header on Fabregas’ chip.

Koscielny scored the winner with his head from a corner in the 75th minute after a great free kick from Van Persie was saved by the keeper.

Besides this we created a few other chances but none of them were clear cut goal scoring opportunities except the one in the first half where Van Persie failed to keep the ball down on Wilshere’s pass.

After taking the lead we held onto it till the end and got the three points that may well prove to be important in the end.

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Arsenal vs Everton: Preview and Starting Eleven

February 1, 2011

After a hard fought victory against Huddersfield Town just two days back, we are back in action tonight at the Emirates against Everton.

Everton are enjoying a very decent spell at the moment and after holding Chelsea to a draw at the weekend, they will certainly be looking for at least a point tonight. Last season they gave us a very hard time in this fixture and only Rosicky’s goal in injury time got us a point. So expect a very difficult game.  

As for us, we have given some very dominating and some very frustrating performances in the past few games. If we are to get the maximum points tonight and keep pace with United at the top, we will need another dominating performance from our team.

As for the starting eleven, I am expecting only Koscielny and Arshavin to keep their places from the last game.

Szczesny will return in goal as well as Djourou at the centre back position. On the flanks we will see our best fullbacks, Sagna and Clichy, to return as tonight we cannot take risks.

In the middle too, our most lethal trio of Fabregas, Wilshere and Song will be back.

As for the forwards, with Nasri out, I would prefer Arsahvin to start in his place with Van Persie and Walcott completing the team.

Probable starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, RVP,Arshavin.

As for the game, I have said before that it won’t be easy, so we will need the right attitude from the start. Possession will be vital along with finishing our chances. We will need to make sure that we aren’t caught on the counter as Everton are very good at it. An early goal for us will make the game easier. However, if they score first, things will become more difficult.

Considering the fact that our first team will be starting, I am expecting a win but still we will need a top performance from them as we cannot drop more points in the Premier League. Another three goals plus a clean sheet will be amazing but I will be content with a win no matter how we get it. And I hope no one else gets injured.

Keep your fingers crossed!! This game will be exciting to the very end.