Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Full time: Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Arsenal overcame a spirited Everton side buoyed by a controversial first-half strike courtesy of their France international Louis Saha, who took advantage of the match officiators leniency to punish the host's sloppy defence.

The gunners wasted a lot of chances to draw level, while the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta took turns in dictating the pace of the game as Arsenal struggled to cope with the harsh reality of conceding a goal in the premier league for the first time this year.

Much to the delight of our supporters at the Emirates, sensing the possibility of stretching their unbeaten run at home against the Merseysiders our boys fired on all cylinders and the timely introduction of an excellent attacking pair (Nicklas Bendtner and Andrei Arshavin), paid almost immediately as the latter capitalised on Everton's first defensive mistake of the game to effectively translate the gunners' newfound dominance into the tie's main commodity.
Laurent Koscielny was at the right place at the right time as he buried Robin Van Persie's corner into the far corner of Tim Howard's net, giving the American goalie no chance whatsoever to ensure his team's steady progress in the league this campaign.

In other fixtures: Chelsea kept their title aspirations alive as they beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light 4-2. While, Manchester United responded in a similar fashion against Aston Villa winning the encounter by 3 goals to 1 to maintain their 5 point gap at the top of the Epl log.