Report: Everton 1-6 Arsenal
By Randy Osae
Arsenal have began 2009/10 with a big bang!.
The Gunners made a dream start to the new campaign with a stunning 1-6 riot over Everton away at Goodison Park.
With the absences of Walcott, Nasri, Diaby and Rosicky shortening Wenger’s options on the flanks, the French tactician opted for a 4-3-3 formation where Arshavin and Bendtner foiled Van Persie upfront while Fabregas and Denilson sat behind with Song protecting a solid back line of Clichy, Gallas, Vermaelen and Sagna.
Last to kick-off on the Premier League’s opening day, the Gunners pulled up their socks as red as the danger that could be sensed from a Goodison Park ground which can intimidate any side on any day.
Everton had a go in the early minutes, but Arsenal were also up for it. Wenger’s men seemed a bit naive until Bendtner dribbled past a defender and helped set up Denilson who lashed home a scorcher after 26 minutes.
Not many around had seen that one coming – certainly not from the man it came from – but the visitors could care less as Denilson delivered more heroics by clearing Fellaini’s header off the line moments after scoring.
Arsenal were only absorbing the pressure when they were rewarded a free-kick on 36 minutes. Van Persie was the delivery man as usual, but the man to pop up with a header was not as familiar. It was new signing, Thomas Vermaelen who freely thumped home the ball to hand Arsenal some leeway at 2-0 and mark a memorable debut.
Everton were falling into tatters as they allowed a similar goal on the stroke of half-time. This time, Fabregas floated in the free-kick and an unmarked Gallas did little to guide it home.
3-0 at halftime and shades of five years ago when Arsenal thrashed Everton in a similar opening day scenario.
David Moyes pumped some urgency into his men after the break, but it was Wenger’s men who were first to do the job. This time Fabregas wrapped up a fluid counter-attack by guiding the ball through Tim Howard’s legs with his weaker foot.
4-0 up, history repeated, but Arsenal went for more.
Skipper Fabregas was at it again – this time netting through his own brilliance rather than another slick move by his teammates.
Cesc raced off the center line and fired in a low drive to make it 5-0 and yet again, wet the appetites of Milan and Barcelona who refuse to back off.
With nothing more to play for, Wenger opted to gift minutes to Eboue, Ramsey and Edurado who replaced Bendtner, Fabregas and Van Persie respectively.
Eduardo – always hungry for goals – then rebounded home Arshavin’s shot which had struck the post for six.
Since being introduced, Louis Saha proved Everton’s most desperate man on the pitch and he clinched the plaudits as their best man out there today by capitalizing on a sluggish moment in Arsenal’s defense.
That was the tiny stain that denied Wenger’s men a clean sheet, but the scoreline had already told its story.
Cruising into the race and league leaders for today at least.
A flying start for the Gunners..
just dont slip up….we must staz focused for celtic game…..comon gunners
Everton must be wondering what hit them.
Hopefully the small minority of your superb fans will start to believe in what Wenger is creating there. Great result and good luck for season
This will shut all you weak not real Arsenal fans up who have been moaning all the summer after stating that Arsene Wenger does not know what he is doing. The man is a legend !! Fuck off Sky and put the Cesc picture back in your so called top four and remove Man City.
don’t get too carried away, its against a defence with the unhappy lescott who’s wanting to leave. however, song and vermaelen looked absolutely polished. and eduardo’s comeback is no complete 🙂
hahaha..wat ahppened to all those fake fans now???
the team was excellent even though we’re missing two of our best players…the defence was really strong..vermaelen was outstanding…celtic’s next!!!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! take that members of the press!! That includes you Mark Lawrenson who predicted 2-1 against us!!
ha ha ha ha ha!! CMON GOONERS!!!
We love you Arsenal, we dooo. But I still hope for some steel in midfield, I think we need that. But I´m happy today 6-1!!! Unbelievable 9 opportunity and 6 goals, just great. Proud to be a gooner…..
wheres all the plastic mugs talking shit about us all summer????? your a plank if you think Wenger dont know what hes doing. Up the gunners EIE!!!
Another blog has just copied my article word for word.
Glad to see that I’ve done a good job, haha! 😉
I haven’t had the chance to watch the game but thank God for DVR! I’m about to watch it now. The news got to me while on my company outing. I could not believe it! I’ve always had faith in m team! I bet you fake fans aren’t saying anything now! I THOUGHT SO!
I’m out to watch the game!
Cheers to all!
BUMBO BLOOD CLAAWT…..THE WAGGONISTS ARE OUT IN DROVES……………Arsenal 4 Life man……..what an impressive show of composure today….all we need is CONSISTENCY from Song & Denilson and we’re good to go !!
What a match! I heard some comments that Everton didn’t play well, they had injuries. We have important injured players out, as well! That is not the case. Fact of the matter is Arsenal players are stepping up! Arsenal just got better and Everton had no answer. Everton is a decent side! They simply had no answer for the way Arsenal handled them!!! Great start!
Where are the naysayers????????? What s good way to start the season. I was a bit worried when I saw the formation but in the end we prevailed. All I can say is Arsene knows best. Hope we keep up the good start.
Go you goooooooooners