Saturday, 18 October 2008

Arsenal vs Everton 3-1, EPL 2008, week 8

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Arsenal handed a debut to Mikael Silvestre in a bid to correct their recent defensive woes while Theo Walcott was rested after a jading period. Alex Song started at right-back with Emmanuel Eboue on the right side of midfield.

Tim Cahill missed out again for the Toffees while the teenage Jack Rodwell was handed a start. Aiyegbeni Yakubu was the lone striker for the guests.

First Half

It did not take long for the reshuffled Arsenal rear-guard to become unstuck however, as only nine minutes had passed when Everton took an unlikely lead.

Steven Pienaar made space on the left side of the Arsenal box and rolled an inviting ball across the Gunners' defensive line. Leon Osman met the ball with a sliding effort to give Manuel Almunia no chance.

Osman almost doubled the guests' advantage ten minutes later as a sense of unease was felt around the Emirates. One point from six had left the north London faithful bemoaning a crisis in their ranks and the little Everton midfielder was close to giving them something else to groan about.

A shot from 20 yards was bottom corner-bound before Silvestre deflected the ball off target with the slenderest of deflections.

Arsenal grew in tempo and were a Joleon Lescott block away from levelling on 25 minutes. Samir Nasri was close to making significant contact with a shot before some brave defending from the England international denied the Frenchman a certain goal.

Emmanuel Adebayor was then booked for a shameless attempt at winning a penalty before the Toffees once again came on strong. Marouane Fellaini was denied on a one-on-one before Lescott's header from a corner was cleared from the line by Gael Clichy.

The Gunners' policy of short passing was failing to win them rewards, but Cesc Fabregas finally came to prominence. The Spaniard rifled a drive off target before swapping passes with Nasri and feeding a ball across the area, to no avail.

Second Half:

An injury to Kolo Toure meant that Emmanuel Eboue was shunted to right back, with Song playing in the centre, to accommodate the arrival of Theo Walcott from the bench.

Shortly after Almunia denied Yakubu a chance for 2-0, Samir Nasri equalised. His powerful drive from the edge of the box gave Tim Howard little chance in the Everton net.

Van Persie then flung a shot over the bar while off balance and Theo Walcott was beginning to come into his own. His threatening pace was making life uncomfortaable for a flat-footed Toffees' defence.

Arsenal went on top through the mid-portion of the second half, and were ahead with 20 minutes left in the tie. Adebayor declined the chance to shoot before prompting Fabregas who struck on target. His effort was repelled by Howard, who was helpless to prevent Van Persie plundering the rebound.

Louis Saha was thrown on by David Moyes in an attempt to rectify the situation, but Everton's 12 year hoodoo against the Gunners was to continue.

Abou Diaby pulled the ball back to the game-changing Walcott in injury time who wrapped up the points for the Gunners. Back to winning ways.


Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Toure, Silvestre, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregas, Song, Nasri, Van Persie, Adebayor. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Gibbs, Hoyte.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Pienaar, Yakubu. Subs: Nash, Saha, Vaughan, Neville, Nuno Valente, Gosling, Wallace.


Arsenal: Nasri 48' Van Persie 70' Walcott 90'

Everton: Osman 9'


Arsenal: Adebayor 37', Clichy 59'

Everton: Lescott 29', Hibbert 50', Pienaar 64' Osman 86'


Peter Walton



Arsenal Balik Dari Kematian, Menang 3-1 Atas Everton..

Arsenal yang gagal meraih poin penuh di dua laga terakhir mereka menemukan kembali permainan terbaiknya, meski sempat tertinggal lebih dahulu di babak pertama.

Kemenangan atas Everton pun membuat perolehan poin The Gunners bertambah tiga, menjadi 16 dari delapan laga. Untuk sementara Arsenal menempati posisi ketiga, unggul dua poin dari Hull City yang baru akan melakoni laga kedelapan mereka besok. Sementara Everton tertahan di papan bawah dengan tetap mengantongi poin delapan.

Meski kalah, Everton tampil memikat di laga ini, setidaknya di babak pertama. Bahkan kengototan mereka membuahkan hasil.

The Toffes bisa langsung memimpin lewat gol Leon Osman. Penyerang Everton itu berhasil mengecoh Manuel Almunia setelah mampu memaksimalkan umpan kiriman Steven Pienaar di menit sembilan.

Gol tersebut melecut semangat skuad besutan Arsene Wenger. Serangan pun dibangun dan berujung pada terciptanya peluang sesaat setelah kebobolan. Adalah Robin Van Persie yang memiliki kesempatan menyamakan kedudukan bila saja tendangannya di menit 16 mampu menundukkan Tim Howard yang tampil solid di bawah mistar gawang Everton.

Van Persie kembali mendapat peluang di menit 29. Namun lagi-lagi ia gagal menyamakan kedudukan setelah tendangannya hanya melintas di atas mistar.

Baru di babak kedua Arsenal bisa menyamakan kedudukan. Samir Nasri menjadi penyama skor lewat tendangan kerasnya dari luar kotak penalti di menit 48.

Van Persie lagi-lagi menyia-nyiakan kesempatan yang dimilikinya di menit 55. Namun usahanya akhirnya membuahkan hasil di menit 70 setelah ia mampu menuntaskan peluang yang didapat Cesc Fabregas dengan sundulannya.

Theo Walcott akhirnya menutup pertandingan dengan golnya di menit 90, sekaligus mengamankan tiga poin di Emirates Stadium.

Susunan Pemain
Arsenal: Almunia; Song Billong, Toure (Walcott '46), Silvestre, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri (Diaby '83), Van Persie, Adebayor.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert (Vaughan '80), Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Rodwell, Fellaini (Saha '74), Pienaar, Yakubu (Neville '80)

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