ARSENAL V Everton
8th December 2013
A disappointing but fair result
2 Points dropped or a point gained?
Now I know what all us Gooners wanted, and we so wanted that 7 point gap between us and 2nd place.
And like most of you I didn't see any other result than the Arsenal coming away with all 3 points, and once Özil scored on the 80th Minute I honestly thought we was going to do it.
How ever that would prove not to be the case.
Unchanged Everton made a positive start, with a counter-attack seeing Kevin Mirallas get away down the right and send a low ball straight through the Arsenal six-yard box.
Everton who were on a seven-match unbeaten Premier League run - continued to dominate possession, with Costa Rica full-back Oviedo, who scored the winner at Old Trafford, a constant danger on the overlap down the right hand side
After such an uncharacteristic slow start, Arsenal began to find some possession in midfield. A sweeping counter by the hosts, started from Ozil deep on the left, saw Santi Cazorla freed on the overlap down the right - and his low centre flew across the face of goal, with only a touch needed from the onrushing Kieran Gibbs to put the ball into the net.
Finally, the home side managed to fashion an opening as Giroud was played through on goal in the 43rd minute, but Tim Howard was out quickly to block from the France forward.
There was at least more purpose to Arsenal at the start of the second half, as Gibbs crashed a 20-yard effort wide following a corner
Ozil's ball in from the right was knocked back by Jack Wilshere, but Cazorla could not get any power on his header, which was straight at goalkeeper Howard.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert when Everton broke quickly in the 54th minute, with Barkley playing in Steven Pienaar, whose 20-yard drive was turned away.
The Gunners were soon back on the offensive, with a cross from Gibbs met by Ramsey at the far post, and his angled half-volley was blocked by Howard.
James McCarthy was shown a yellow card for leading with a high boot into a challenge with Ramsey, which saw the Everton midfielder collect a caution, his fifth of the season which will result in a suspension.
Szczesny saved from Barkley's 18-yard strike before Arsenal made a triple substitution with 23 minutes left as Cazorla, Wilshere and Ramsey were replaced by Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini.
Flamini dragged his angled shot wide of the far post after Walcott's determined run into the right side of the Everton penalty area.
Howard was booked for time wasting with 13 minutes remaining and on the break a Mirallas shot was deflected behind, with Sylvain Distin heading over from the resulting corner.
Arsenal took the lead with 10 minutes left. Rosicky's sweeping cross out to the right was met by Walcott, who headed it straight back through the Everton six-yard box. Giroud completely missed his kick, but Ozil was on hand to crash the ball into the roof of the net.
The lead, though, lasted only four minutes as Deulofeu smashed in from the right side of the box less than five minutes after coming on as a substitute, after Arsenal had switched off at the back.
Giroud almost snatched victory in stoppage time when his stunning 25-yard drive struck the woodwork, but Everton deserved to share the points.
So onwards and upwards as they say, I was gutted at the end, but there is still a long way to go. We was never going to win the league over night and my hopes remain high.
Full time ARSENAL 1-1 Everton
Drag me from HULL
Well Gooners and Gooneretes isnt it just great being a Gooner lately.
Another great win other Cardiff who have proved so many times this season they are no pushover, Ramsey is flying at the moment which is excellent for us, Considering the abuse he has took of so called "gooners" over the years.
Hull should on paper be a push over, But they are riding high after their amazing result against the "Bin dippers" aka Liverpool last weekend, and boy that was some win.
Anyway we are playing some loverly football and scoring well so really we should ruin Hull really.
And I dont know about you Gooners but its about time we gave someone a really good old fashioned whooping.....Just for confidence really and for the "critics"
So hopfully that will be tonight, And Gooners I am going to stick my head out on this one and say 4-0, IF Wenger plays a strong squad obviously.
So until next time.
"Stay classy Gooners"