Arsenal v Everton review – Well deserved but narrow win puts Gunners TOP

Arsenal started the game well and showed no sign of the complacency that has often reared it’s head when the Gunners are on a good run. For the first 20 minutes we were dominating the game with some slick passing and movement, although there were not too many clear cut chances.

Everton came back after that and started to have more of the ball and use it well. Arsenal still continued to probe though, with Ozil and Alexis looking like they could break the solid defence at some point and it was the German that finally did create the opening we needed, with a perfect cross from the right. Giroud had made a great run and came up with a deft header to beat Howard.

We were in dreamland just a minute or so later and it was another peach of a cross, this time a free kick from the right by Cazorla, and Koscielny made it his – and powered another header past the Everton keeper. After that we looked in control and defended well but were undone just before the break when a wicked deflection gave Cech no chance from Barkley’s shot.

Arsenal wobbled a bit for the next few minutes and were glad to hear the whistle. From a dominant position we had a lot of work to do and having Coquelin on a slightly harsh booking meaning that the French midfielder had to be careful did not help. At least the pouring rain had eased up a bit.

Arsenal came back out full of intent and really took the game to the visitors. Howard had to save from Alexis and Giroud as Chamberlain really came into the game and Ozil and Cazorla pulled the strings. The third goal was proving elusive though and with Everton looking dangerous on the counter, the result was definitely in the balance.

When Giroud’s brilliant shot crashed back off the bar it seemed as though luck was not on our side today as we should have been comfortably home and dry. With just over 10 minutes left and after some dodgy decisions, Lukaku should have punished us but his header skidded off the bar.

After that let off Wenger brought Flamini on to shore things up and he was needed as Everton sensed an unlikely point and pushed hard. The Arsenal defence is a tough nut to crack these days though and with Cech brilliantly denying Deulofeu we managed to hold on. Flamini should have sealed it before then but put a point blank header straight at Howard. Ozil shaved the post as well and we really could have had a hatfull of goals.

The win is what mattered though and we got what we deserved.

Tags Everton Giroud Koscielny

98 Comments

  1. ranger says:

    Another win
    Top of the table #COYG

    but Subs were very late
    And Cech is world Class

    1. vinjoe says:

      This game can be titled THE OZIL SUPREMACY .

      Lol chelsea

      1. muffdiver says:

        top of the league…

        top of the leeee-agueee

        pride of london- were top of the league

        😉

    2. Trick says:

      Cech is a world class, but Gabriel is real beast in the back .3 point in bag top on the table..I can sleep happily ……ooh where did Morounho finish his game today?

      ONE LOVE GUNNERS FOR LIVE

    3. seancali says:

      Giroud was brilliant… He should have bagged a brace. Unlucky not to get a second.giroud was well involved in most of our attacks. I think Wenger now knows for sure that giroud offers more than Theo.great game by ozil…lovely cross to pick up giroud.

      1. Goonermick says:

        Nah it doesn’t necessarily imply that Giroud offers “more” than Walcott. Each for a different kind of game. That said, good performance by Giroud!

    4. vish says:

      A good goalkeeper can indeed be the difference. Defenders can sometimes screw up but then it’s upto the last man. And our last man is not a man but a beast.
      Cech will win us the title. He has already saved us so many points.

  2. Greg says:

    Top of the pile! Coyg!

    1. tatgooner says:

      an ugly win is okay but i prefer it
      by more decent margin
      a shout out to cech for point blank saves but i dont really like it when goalkeepers carry us

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        admin ban this troll please

        1. muffdiver says:

          i agree..

          admin every win he puts us down-

          hes not a fan of arsenal

          1. admin says:

            You are the fourth person to complain about him today. So, tatgooner, you ARE the weakest link…Goodbye!

      2. almostawinner says:

        tat: we have every reason to be mentally tired. the difference between not winning PL and winning may come down to those few occasions where when we were tired, cech saved our a** and i’d just like to say:

        THANK YOU AGAIN MOURINHO SIR.

        1. bhagalpuri says:

          what the —- why u all are thanking mourinho that man would not give us poison let alone cech he made it crystal clear that if it was upto him he wouldn’t have allowed cech to come to us if we all want to thank someone then first thank cech (because he chose us for whatever may be the reason) then Wenger for persuading him and last but not the least Mr Roman he sanctioned cech move not that jose

      3. juhislihis says:

        @titgooner

        I’d prefer to wake up next to a Megan Fox lookalike rather than the usual bushpigs but I take it nevertheless. Ain’t no shame in that.

        1. muffdiver says:

          “Any holes a goal”

          -chris rock

      4. NY_Gunner says:

        @tatgooner
        You got a good point there dude. We were very sloppy at times. We should have just calmed down and let them chase the equalizer. But we kept bombing forward, leaving ourselves exposed at the back. A better team would have punished us for that.
        Happy for the 3 points all the same though. As well as the OG circus act when Ozil hit him in the head with the ball…

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    The world envies ARSENAL!

  4. vish says:

    Cech will be the difference in the end of the season. We will win the title because of him . 😀

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Indeed Cech saved 2/3 points again.

      1. muffdiver says:

        try an equate the amount of games hes saved us in.
        its nuts-

        11 million looks a steal

  5. haywill says:

    Flamini and ozil playing together very much happy 😀 😀

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      I love how the flames first involvement was a two footed challenge lol

      1. almostawinner says:

        flam for CF!
        and his pal ozil badly wanted to assist for him.

        1. almostawinner says:

          wish ox would get a bit of luck. he’s seriously down in confidence.

      2. rpk says:

        Flame was playing as attacking midfielder.. He took ozils place.. Lol

  6. Greg says:

    Bellerin was awesome again!

    1. GoonerLad says:

      How does he run so fast with Hazard and Costa in his pocket ?

  7. Demwan Jones says:

    Schachmate, cechmate. On top of the league, coyg yeahhhhhh

  8. juhislihis says:

    Hard fought win, Özil, Giroud, Coq and Cazorla were tremendous today! I don’t even have to mention our defence since they are nowadays always fantastic! Especially Cech, he would’ve deserved another clean sheet tonight, thanks JOSE for him!

    The slide tackle by Gabriel at the end, LOVED IT. Especially his reaction to it, what a warrior. Özil topping the assists chart!

    Please listen baby, TOP OF THE TABLE.

  9. andyarsenal05 says:

    Good play by the team. Could have scored more but well we can say luck isn’t enitrely on our side for this game. Btw had to mention. Good tackle by Giroud to start the attack that lead to the free kick.

    1. juhislihis says:

      Giroud and Özil was close to score. Finally Özil decided to shoot and it was a cannon. But his through passes today were outrageous..

      1. almostawinner says:

        i loved that ozil had a full throated shot (not pass) today. his confidence is growing and he was helping ALL over the field today.

        sanchez needs a rest.

  10. Greg says:

    Well played hard fought win! Coyg!

  11. Goonsquad8 says:

    Good game we played well we were a little lax defensively and our shape wasn’t perfect towards the end but I think that’s fatigue more than anything.

    We were so much better than everton such a gulf in class between us but I’m sure martinez is gonna say some bull sh–t how they deserved something from the game.

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Lets forget Martinez for now and enjoy what we fought so hard for….

    2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Martinez is a fraud. He is a pretender that thinks he deserves to manage a big team. Let’s not forget he got Wigan relegated and ran to Everton and his first taste of euro football led to him almost turning Everton into Wigan.

  12. SoOpa AeoN says:

    all those beautiful misses should have been Icing to our cake!……………… But a win is marvelous any day

  13. Demwan Jones says:

    Great win, great play from d defence. Thank u chelsea for giving us cech

  14. Goonsquad8 says:

    Le coq man of the match

    1. juhislihis says:

      @Goonquad8,

      Did you see today how Cazorla gave slide tackles, similar to Coquelin’s? Le Coq has very distinguished way to slide tackle. At first it seems he’s coming on with a flying foot a la Flamini but kind of lowers it at the end and I saw Santi do the same to that diving, cheating Barca reject.

      Brought a wide smile on my face!

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        Ya I did notice it is awesome to see. Coq’s tenacity and tavkling abilities are rubbing off on cazorla, and cazorla’s technical qualities are rubbing off on Le coq!

      2. rpk says:

        Yes, I thought it was coq!! But..

  15. Gooner 1993 says:

    I love they way gabriel played i know the goal came of him but it wasnt hes fault koscielny was awsome as always ozil is at the top of hes game and giroud had a awsome game hes hold up play was so goodb

  16. Greg says:

    Santi and ozil were boss of the midfield! Good effort at the office today for both of them! Coyg!

  17. BabyPlease says:

    Listen, A win is a win is a win Baby Please

    Awesome day. Jenkison helps West Ham beat Chelsea, we beat Everton and get to number 1

    To make this a perfect weekend, Manure must beat Man Shitty And we will be number 1 for more than 1 day

  18. DKR.Gunner says:

    But nervy second half but deserved that win, I think coq had a solid game. Well done lads! Top of the table where we belong!

  19. John Legend says:

    Nervous end, good win.
    Let us enjoy this till we play next.

    Who do we suupport tomorrow? Citeh or Manure?

    1. muffdiver says:

      a draw- both droppin points is ideal

      1. almostawinner says:

        but then MANC would be #1 : they would have same points as us, and better GD.
        ideally i’d like to give them 0 points both if that were possible.

        1. pnk.gooner says:

          Yes,but rather than win a battle I want to win the war. Finishing top at May would be easier if both drop points.

        2. GoonerLad says:

          They need to score 3 to have better GD, if they win by 1-0 then we’re still on top

  20. ButtFlaps says:

    Very happy! Now if Men Utd 1 Men City 0 tomorrow I am even more happy!!!!

  21. DKR.Gunner says:

    Bit nervy second half but deserved that win, I think coq had a solid game. Well done lads! Top of the table where we belong!

  22. Gooner 1993 says:

    I love they way gabriel played i know the goal came of him but it wasnt hes fault koscielny was awsome as always ozil is at the top of hes game and giroud had a awsome game hes hold up play was so good

  23. Jim A says:

    Everton has some very good players. That was a tough W on a soggy pitch. Glad io see Ozil looking for Giroud with a great over the top ball and also Giroud doing the same for Ozil with a one two that he hit the post on.
    Cech unbelievable save and after watching Chelsea earlier I believe he will go home tonight and say that he made a great decision.

    1. almostawinner says:

      ozil used to avoid passing to giroud. glad to see OG has earned ozil’s confidence.

  24. Charlie Nick says:

    Top of the league….could get used to that…

    BTW, let’s all laugh at Jose…
    let’s all laugh at Jose…
    hahahaha….
    hahahaha….etc, etc

    1. muffdiver says:

      bored of chelsea an there manager
      they get too much space on this site.

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        Oh come on…..
        If you can’t laugh at a cheating, slimy little weasel, what’s life all about ?

  25. Uzi Ozil says:

    Giroud loves scoring against everton, what an assist from ozil.. And delighted Kos scored from a set piece. Great assist from Santi… We kill teams in minutes. That CECH save at the end was the match winner. Top Top goal Keeper……In Another new, The sky is blue, Whoooops! Hahahaha…..

    1. muffdiver says:

      Drip drop

      Kick rocks

  26. gooner100 says:

    Great week for all gooners. Annihilated Utd, Bayern and…erm Watford, and now a well fought win to go top of the league. Looking good AFC!!! Early days, but this just might be our season!!!

  27. bhagalpuri says:

    good fought win we are 1#
    we were tired and it was obvious
    unlucky day as 2 goals came off post
    Everton were lucky to score
    expect more of these games in the season.

  28. HA559 says:

    We should’ve won by more than 1 goal. Next week we have to defend better against Swansea, they’ll take those chances Everton didn’t today especially since it’s at their stadium.

  29. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    We were living dangerously at 2-1 the whole 2nd half. Anything could have happened. We need to convert more of our chances into goals.

    Cech, our defense and Coquelin did an excellent job though

  30. SoOpa AeoN says:

    mehn!………..how do u beat the Best team in the world, then go on to beat one of the most troublesome team in the EPL in a space of 5days……. With None of goonsters feeling Jaded?…… MechanicaL…… Epic!

  31. Greg says:

    Feeling damn proud to be a gooner! Arsenal 4 life! Coyg!

  32. Twig says:

    Why did this game feel more difficult than the Bayern one? LoL

    1. waslim says:

      It did not feel that way for me. Though Everton showed brilliance during some parts of the game, i was more comfortable and optimistic we were going to win this, even before the start. I was on tenterhooks before and during the Bayern game until the 2nd goal.

  33. DKR.Gunner says:

    Bit nervy second half but deserved that win, I think coq had a solid game n giroud made that ball stick! Brilliant performance. Well done lads! Top of the table where we belong!

  34. bazooka says:

    If it were wenger, chelsea’s season might still be able to be saved. Too bad it’s the maureen handling chelsea. And this reminds me of a certain someone that calls Wenger a specialist in failure;)

  35. Raoh says:

    Özil=effortless. Really on top of his game, through ball/over the top and the way he dribbles away from push & challenges beautiful to watch could’ve had a pair of goals!Giroud’s confidence seems to be in full flow. Cech will save us more than 15 points if he continues to make those saves…well done guys!On to the next one

  36. Greg says:

    With our victory and being on top of the league, damn how i wish, i could see the expression on mourinho’s face! How ya like us now! Mourinho!!!! Coyg!

  37. Timack says:

    Fantastic game for our gunners eventuell though werden coule score more. Three precious points and top of the table. Ox need to stop loosing the ball easily IT was not Gabriel’s fault. G5 what a player we have! Awesome defender! COYG! !!

    1. MarkArs says:

      See how he celebrated after making that last ditch tackle. Epic!

  38. HA559 says:

    A big improvement in our setpieces today.

  39. Cliff says:

    i only have a three words to say.. I LOVE ARSENAL

  40. Cliff says:

    i only have three words to say.. I LOVE ARSENAL

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      That is actually a total of six words….

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @RVP
        It’s actually 10…

        1. muffdiver says:

          I can count to 12….

          Using my fingers

          1. Twig says:

            You have six fingers… on each hand?

            1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

              He was only counting on one hand….

  41. lekzite says:

    ozil is always a joy to watch

  42. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    WE WIN, go to #1 and Mourinho sulks after being sent to the back of the stands as Chelsea loses to Jenkison and West Ham

    One Hell of a day
    Come on United, make it a Hell of a weekend
    🙂

    1. GoonerLad says:

      The fact that we kept clean sheets against United, Watford and Bayern goes to prove that the Chelsea loss was a fluke and the fault of the referee, and today we were unlucky as o.g didn’t seem to be on our side this time :p

  43. Uzi Ozil says:

    Mourinho is definitely not the happy one right about now. He looks lost and lonely. The world is against Him, His team and some players are against (He talks thrash of some of his players to the media). Even EVA is against Him. He has never been in this kinda situation. I’m delighted at this. Don’t you just love taking a dig at Mourinho? Lol

    Hoping for a draw in tomorrows derby but if they should be a winner, then Manu can win with a lone goal but a draw will be FANTASTIC! Arsenal all the way!

  44. Tyno says:

    “He is a top class player, honestly. Rather than talking about him I would rather watch him again.”

    Wenger on Özil #AFCvEFC

  45. makatelli says:

    Ozil the Magician was my man of the match, fantastic vision accompanied with pin point passes equals the best CAM in the prem!

  46. royalman says:

    I am so api, 3points, wot happened to ox. He makes us miss Ramsey. Nice game. I Love Arsenal

  47. GOONSTER says:

    Now this is the Ozil I would like to see more of.. He gets my MOTM today, absolutely magnificent today..

  48. MarkArs says:

    Özil is like a swan. Glides magnificently across the midfield but in his head wheels are turning cogs at a fast pace till the ta-da light goes off. That’s when the left foot connects to the ball and the footballing world is amazed.

  49. tissiam says:

    can you believe it piers morgan tweeted”WENGER OUSTANDING”:)

  50. Abu says:

    Would hv love both teams (Man u and Man city) to loose in 2mrw’s game bt its nt possible so a draw will be good.

  51. vinie2000 says:

    VERY SIMPLE DEAR FELLOW GOONERS..CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY..GAME IN GAME OUT..THATS ALL WE NEED TO WIN THE EPL..CAN WE? DEPENDS ON THE PLAYERS AND THE COACH PLAYER PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES. LET’S ENJOY BUT DO NOT GET CARRIED AWAY.

  52. Avi says:

    Graet win for the Gooners. Would have loved to see walcot come in for about 15-10mins(but didn’t happen). Everton came out in the latter part of the game. Their defence kept a high line which is perfect for wally’s game. Great play by giroud,ozil,cech,coq and d rest they did well.

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