Everton 2 – 1 Arsenal
Was it one game too many? To me it looked like it, as our key players, who gave absolutely everything, just lacked a little sharpness when it mattered most. We deserved at least a point, and nine out of ten times Iwobi’s well taken chance at the death would have given it to us, but it was not to be. That my friends, is the cruel side of sports, or maybe life in general. Last night, Lady Luck was chewing Goodison’s sweetest’s.
We saw composed and battling performances from Xhaka and Coq, who made a joke of some commentators’ comments that Arsenal do not like it when the game is taken to them; they have not noticed yet that this is exactly what we want. Koz was immense and Gabriel was very good too; the full backs were also awesome and Cech, who had little to do, stood his ground when he needed to.
There was disappointment though: Theo and Ox offered little support which does not necessarily mean they did not put in a shift; they were just ineffectual, making us battle with less than the sum of our numbers. It was clear that Mesut and Alexis battled with all they had and the frustration in not taken their chances, most notably with the German, was carved on their sweaty faces. We really needed a top performance from one of our ‘midwingers’ last night; someone to take away the pressure of our super duo, but both Englishmen had anonymous games. When Bergkamp and Henry graced the mighty shirt and occasionally failed to win us a game, we had Pires or Ljungberg to pull us over the line. Last night, we needed someone to show we have this spare capacity in the current team. Wenger, rightly so, brought on Iwobi and Giroud, who will have been a little miffed not to have started in the first place, but also they did not manage to save us, even though the Nigerian got mighty close.
I cannot wait to see Perez get more starts on the wing and see Welbeck finally entering the battle for us, maybe they will be our new Freddie and Robert. Theo, Iwobi and Ox need that competition asap.