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Brilliant Van Persie Goal Enough To Beat Everton

by on December 10, 2011

A second-half Robin Van Persie strike was enough for Arsenal to defeat Everton at the Emirates today in the Premiership. Before kick off to mark Arsenal’s 125th anniversary, former Arsenal players were called out individually on to the Emirates pitch. Players like Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Frank Mclintock were all included.

Arsène Wenger named an expected starting elven for the North London side, with Arsenal having four full-backs absent all through injury. It meant Thomas Vermaelen started at left-back back and Johan Djourou continued at right-back. German international Per Mertesacker partnered Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defence. With Vito Mannone and Łukasz Fabiański both injured, Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was on the bench for the gunners.

Arsenal team – Szczesny, Vermaelen (Miquel 82), Mertesacker, Koscielny, Djourou, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott (Frimpong 89), Gervinho (Rosicky 83), Van Persie (C)

Subs not used – Almunia, Arshavin, Benayoun, Chamakh

Everton team – Howard, Banies,  Jagielka, Heitinga, Hibbert, Neville (McAleny 76), Coleman, Bilyaletdinov (Gueye 76), Fellaini, Cahill, Saha (Distin 64)

Subs not used – Mucha, Barkley, Stacqualursi, Vellios

Former Everton player Mikel Arteta won the ball from Fellaini on the half-way line and played a through ball to Theo Walcott. The England international was through on goal but opted to pass it than shot.  But his pass couldn’t reach Ramsey and Gervinho couldn’t control it. Gervinho did manage to get a shot away but his effort was saved by Howard. Dutch forward Van Persie played a short pass to Walcott but his cross couldn’t find an Arsenal player and it was cleared away. There wasn’t any Arsenal players in the six yard box which Walcott was aiming for.

Arsenal thought they had won a penalty after it looked like the ball hit Phil Jagielka’s arm in the area, but the referee said it didn’t.

Early in the second-half good work from Walcott drifting in from the right-hand side but his effort was always going over. Seconds later Walcott was causing Everton’s defence more problems this time he nutmegged Leighton Banies then got his powerful shot away which Howard save very well.

Everton captain Phil Neville tried his luck outside the box but his effort just went over the bar but it was dipping. French international Laurent Koscielny found Alex Song just inside the Everton half. Song ran with the ball a couple of yards and then produced a excellent pass to find Van Persie’s run on the edge of Everton’s box. The Dutch forward met Song’s pass on the volley and it was perfectly placed in the Everton goal to give Arsenal the lead. Late on in the game McAlen’s effort just went wide of the Arsenal goal.

My man of the match was Laurent Koscielny he was excellent, very solid in defence and continuing his brilliant form this season.  In the last few weeks we’ve seen Koscielny being forced to play full-back but he got the opportunity to play at the heart of the defence today.

Arsenal next play next Sunday against league leaders Manchester City away.

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