Everton (1) – (2) Arsenal
Sagna (36′), Fabregas (48′)
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Just managed to get home from travelling back from Goodison Park, and it’s funny how the journey home is a lot better when you’ve secured a decent win.
And today finished off a perfect weekend for Arsenal.
Chelsea lost against Sunderland 3-0 at home, which I couldn’t believe, Manchester United drew against Aston Villa and Manchester City drew against Birmingham.
Which means that Arsenal are second in the league, only 2 points behind Champions Chelsea. You couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.
Strange as it sounds, it’s hard to analyse a game when you’re in the stands but what was clear was that Fabianski had another great game. In the last 20 minutes or so he was called upon to make some top saves which in the end proved to be decisive.
I also have to mention Johan Djourou. He was just immense. Virtually every ball that Everton played up the pitch was won by the Swiss defender and he has that uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. It’s no co-incidence that against Wolves and Everton, we’ve looked more solid defensively.
Arshavin looked sharp in the opening half an hour, having a couple of decent efforts from range. Nasri and Sagna linked up really well (with Song helping out on the right side) and most of the attacks were coming from that side of the pitch. So it was no surprise when the goal came.
I think it was Arshavin who coolly pulled the ball back to Sagna who smashed the ball in from close range. Well deserved and Arsenal were dominant in the first half. I was surprised how Arsenal kept Everton relatively subdued, as they are usually quite effective at home.
The home crowd were unusually timid as well – in previous visits to Goodison have always produced a more intimidating atmosphere but today Arsenal kept the home supporters pretty quiet.
Fabregas grabbed the second goal after a well worked move and after that Arsenal had a few chances on the break, with Chamackh missing a sitter from 3 yards out.
As you would expect, Everton went for it in the last 20 minutes and Arsenal did well withstand most of the pressure. Fabianski made some important saves, and the team defended well as a unit. Clichy mainly punted the ball upfield instead of usually “fannying around” with it which was good to see. Most of Everton’s attacks came from Baines on the left and they did have some chances near the end.
But Arsenal were solid and held on for all 3 points.
I know, hardly the most in-depth review of the game you’ll see but I’m happy with the performance and happy with the 3 points. You couldn’t ask for any more really.