ARSENAL 1 EVERTON 1 : FAIR SHARE OF THE SPOILS (PLAYER RATINGS)

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Arsenal and Everton played a super and pulsating draw at the Emirates. The Merseyside outfit entered into the game with a lot of confidence after their very impressive win at Old Trafford, so it was no surprise when they started the brighter and controlled the game. Arsenal found it difficult to put their foot on the game and it was all Everton, however, they could not create much. However, it was the gooners that had a real chance of going ahead on 27 minutes, Gibbs was fractions away from connecting with a Carzola cross, Ramsey and Giroud went very close but Everton had Howard to their rescue.

The second half started the way the first had ended, Arsenal were in control, Carzola and Gibbs went very close and the gooners looked the likely to score. Everton started coming back into the game and Szczesny had to make a super save from Piennar in what was their first shot on target, in the 56 minute, Ramsey had an excellent chance to put Arsenal ahead but Howard was again up to the task, the gooners were not having many shots, but when they did, they were precise.

Barkley tested Szczesny hands with a great ball but the polished Pole was in inspired form. Wenger wrought the changes on 68 minute, Carzola, Wilshere and Ramsey were withdrawn, on came experience and speed: Rosicky, flamini and Walcott. It took less than 12 minutes for the dividends to show.

On 80 minutes, Rosicky played a super ball to Walcott would did very well to head the ball across the six yard box, Giroud missed it but Ozil would not. The German put the ball into the net from close range. The Emirates erupted, the goal had finally come.

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However, it was to last for just a while as four minutes later, Everton had gotten the equalizer.

A neat interchange of passes released Spanish wonderkid, Deulofeu. The defence did not close him down very well and the young man let fly from inside the box, there was very little Szczesny could do. The away fans went into delirium. They must be having the time of their lives.

The game was far from done, Szczesny was quick of his line to stop Lukaku, the Belgian had another attempt go just wide and then came the moment were I wished I had some X-men powers, deep into injury time, Giroud let fly from just outside the box and the ball cannoned of the bar. I wish I would have the power the rewind time for just one minute, I would put the ball into the net; but maybe it would have been harsh on Everton.

Both sides gave us a spectacle, but maybe none of them deserved to win nor did they deserve to win.

The gooners go into another tough week and with Manchester City and Chelsea coming up, 5 points lead should be a good cushion for the gooners, though 7 points would have been better.

SZCZESNY 7, GIBBS 7, KOSCIENLY 7.5, MERTESACKER 7, JENKINSON 6, ARTETA 6.5, RAMSEY 6.5, WILSHERE 6, CARZOLA 6, OZIL 8, GIROUD 7; SUBS: WALCOTT 7, ROSICKY 7, FLAMINI 6

MAN OF THE MATCH: in the general game, I thought Ross Barkley was awesome and did very well but in the gooner perspective, it was hard. At some stage, I was tipping Gibbs, later I was thinking Koscienly, then Szczesny; but in the end, I thought German playmaker, Mesut Ozil was the best player in an Arsenal shirt.

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2 thoughts on “ARSENAL 1 EVERTON 1 : FAIR SHARE OF THE SPOILS (PLAYER RATINGS)

  1. Good analysis but I’d give the Man-of- the-match award to Koscielny. No one deserves it better. And like you observed, that rocket from Giroud should be a regular in ur matches, not reserved for desperate situations.
    Again we had too many misdirected passes, and were habitually slow o the ball, getting robbed too often.

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