Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton
This was a game of two halves and one influential player.
The first half saw an abject performance from Arsenal, Song was preferred at right back to Eboue, this says more about Wenger’s faith in Eboue than Song’s ability to play right-back. Arsenal were poor in the first half, falling behind to a goal from Osman, that had half the team at fault. Denilson failed to track Osman’s run, Song was absent without leave, whilst Toure failed to attack the player with the ball. As the half wore on, Adebayor and van Persie both missed two great chances.
The second half saw Walcott come on for Toure who was injured. This automatically changed the game. Theo stretched the defence, was incisive and used his speed. Arsenal equalised just after half-time, a corner half cleared fell to Nasri, his low shot beat everyone. Nasri is turning out to be a great replacement for Hleb.
Suddenly, Arsenal raised the tempo, Walcott was running at Everton and causing mayhem. Van Persie missed another gilt edged opportunity before scoring. Adebayor had the ball in the area, unable to shoot , he passed to Fabregas whose shot was saved by Howard, but the rebound came to van Persie, he headed the ball into the goal.
Arsenal were in the ascendancy, Everton on the back-foot the only surprise was that Arsenal’s third did not come until the last minute. Theo was rewarded for his great work with his first league goal of the season.