Report: Arsenal 0-0 Everton

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A full-blooded tussle at the Emirates stadium ended all square as Arsenal had to settle for a point against fellow top-four challengers Everton.

The contest may have been full-blooded but it was hardly full of goal-scoring opportunities and in truth, the half-chances which came Arsenal’s way were spurned by leading striker Olivier Giroud.

It was a draw which favoured neither side’s ambitions to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Then again, it hardly did any damage to those hopes either.

Towards the end, and certainly for much of the second-half, Arsenal proved to be the side more eager for a win, but David Moyes’ organized men could have been defending a lead anyway had Pienaar not failed to snatch an early goal for the visitors.

Fresh minutes after kick-off, a pass which split the Arsenal defense found the South African up against a rushing Szczesny, but Pienaar chose to smash his effort at first glance as it sailed over the bar to the relief of the Emirates stadium.

Everton did get a second bite of the cherry to inflict an early deficit on the Gunners as Anichebe was handed a similar sniff at goal. This time though, only a vital intercepting tackle from Kierran Gibbs stopped the striker from beating Szczesny who nearly fumbled his save.

Indeed, until the 24th minute when Gibbs fired over a decent long-range effort at the other end – Arsenal’s first meaningful shot at goal –  it had been a gritty battle in which Everton had carved out the better chances.

But neither side had engineered a cleaner sight at the back of the net than the one Aaron Ramsey put on the plate for Giroud five minutes before the break . Santi Cazorla teed up the Welshman on the fright flank and Ramsey whipped in a cross perfectly waiting for an arriving Giroud to poke home with Everton’s defenders well behind the pace.

But from about 10 yards out, Giroud could not find his composure and blasted the ball well wide off the far post. At that point, it was apparent that the hosts had taken until the stroke of half-time to pile the pressure.

Wenger’s men certainly brought that momentum into the second-half but not even the introduction of Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain for Walcott and Wilshere with 20 minutes to go could unlock the deadlock. There were moments though, and Giroud was in the thick of the action once again as he agonizingly failed to repeat the trick of that second goal against Norwich on Saturday, narrowly losing the wrestle this time to sweep home a cut-back cross with the goal gaping.

The second best chance arrived when the Frenchman was found with room and time in the box to pick his spot, but the former Montpellier striker controlled and then whipped the ball into the stands with his weaker foot.

That was simply the night right there. In a game of such scarce moments, Arsenal paid for not being clinical when a chance dropped for them.

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16 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    1. Idiotic comment Terry…..with 5 games to go and a game in hand, we can easily pip them to a CL spot so stop whining like a good AAA moaner and celebrate our 9 game streak!

      1. Errm. Haven’t Arsenal played one more game so Spurs have the game in hand. Cretin or what? Terry can obviously count better than the supercillious moron that tried to belittle him.

      2. The clue is in the capitals you moron! Plus you don’t have a game in hand, though I think it could be Chelsea missing out not North London

  1. Not yet we haven’t. Giroud is not a striker who should be spearheading our attack. What does arsene expect? Giroud is not clinical. He needs 8 chances to score 1. Arsenal need more individually gifted players that can score goals.

  2. Message to arsene. Buy a 30 million pound striker. A cavani or lewandowski or even benzema. Giroud does not even start for France. What does that say?

  3. Everton are a good team, they make it hard for even the Chelsea’s and United’s. But We did not lose. So it’s not all bad. We are a good side. Not a great one though.

  4. Wenger is confused, why is he forcing Wilshire when he knows he lacks match fitness?? And giroud is far far below par, podoski would have done better. I hope arsene learns his lesson and will stop going after cheap ass players next season. Fair result, bt I doubt this team beating man utd

  5. Relax. Yes, a win would have been nice but It’s not a bad result. Everton have beaten us at the Emirates in recent times (when they were a lesser team than they are now).

    Check out the Spurs, Chelsea and Everton run-ins. We’ve got the easist of the lot (on paper!). Chelsea have to play Spurs. Everton have to play Chelsea (and L’pool). Spurs have to play Citeh and Chelsea. True, we have Manure but I nevertheless others will drop more points. Top 4 here we come (hopefully top 3).

    1. This is not a bad result, I agree but please don’t pull stats out of your ass. Everton have NEVER beaten us at the Emirates stadium.

      1. You’re right. I was thinking about the 1-2 loss to Villa. An even worse team at the time. But…what’s with “ass”? “Arse” please arse.

  6. Sagna’s delivery is pathetic. Gibbs’s final ball is horrible. Ox just refused to shoot when 1 on 1…

    1. Your right. Sagnas delivery is woeful. A professional footballer and you can’t cross. WTH is that about?

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