Arsenal down Everton 2-1 with a late comeback

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  • Arsenal down Everton 2-1 with a late comeback

Arsenal down Everton 2-1 with a late comeback

Arsenal fought their way back to beat Everton 2-1, after going down from a highly contentious goal from Louis Saha in the 24th minute of the game. The result leaves Arsenal maintaining their second spot in the League table, behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Arsenal hosted Everton in a damp and chilly evening at the Emirates Stadium on February 1st. Tomas Rosicky replaced Samir Nasri who is out with a hamstring injury, while Andrei Arshavin failed to find a starting place for himself.

David Moyes fielded an unchanged side that played a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the FA cup.

Everton forced Arsenal on the back foot right early on as they pushed forward. Wilshere was booked in the 5th minute when he tripped Mikel Arteta; a decision that was viewed as harsh by Arsenal fans.

Arsenal’s passing game was not clicking with Samir Nasri being sorely missed in the playmaking role. The Gunners got back into rhythm as soon as Van Persie played a superb back-heel for Fabregas only for him to shoot wide of the Everton post.

Everton’s breakthrough came in the 24th minute, when Saha scored from what looked like an offside position. Despite protests by the Arsenal players, the goal was allowed to stand.

Arsenal increased the tempo shortly after, as Djourou’s beautifully taken header just whistled past Howard’s goal. Fabregas dragged another shot wide soon after.

Arsenal started the second half in a far better style; they created a lot of openings but lacked the killer touch.

Van Persie had a great chance from a free kick just outside the box but his powerful shot could only find the Everton wall.

Arsenal brought on Andrei Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner for the ineffective Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, as the search for an equaliser intensified.  

Arsenal were finally level when Arshavin volleyed a lofted ball from Fabregas into the back of the net in the 70th minute. The goal would have done a world of good to the Russian’s confidence as his recent performances have been below par.

The Gunners were on top in the 75th minute; Van Persie’s corner from the left found an unmarked Koscielny, who headed it into the goal.

The Gunners completed another remarkable comeback as they completed a premier-double over Everton for the seventh time.

 

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