Tuesday February 1, 2011 Day 25 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton

  • Arshavin 70’
  • Koscielny 75’
  • Saha 24’

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  1. Arsenal hit back to down Everton

    Arsenal hit back to down Everton

    Arsenal kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United as they came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Everton
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match at 00:01 (UK only).
    • 90+4' FULL-TIME! Arsenal keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United as they come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 90+3' Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 21 home matches against Merseyside opposition, stretching back 11 years since Liverpool won 1-0 at Highbury in February 2000.
    • 90+2' Great run from Clichy but his cutback is cleared by Baines when he really should have had a shot.
    • 90+1' Five minutes of added time.
    • 90' Walcott needs treatment.
    • 89' Rodwell’s shot is charged down by Clichy.
    • 88' Manchester United are winning at home to Villa so it is vital Arsenal keep the gap at five points.
    • 87' Arsenal could win their second Premier League match this season having conceded the opener. They achieved this at home to Birmingham on October 16.
    • 86' Koscielny's second goal of this League season. His first gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead against Bolton back in September.
    • 85' Arsenal have conceded five goals in the final 10 minutes of games this season.
    • 84' Osman gets behind the Arsenal defence but Osman cannot get any power on his header after the lofted pass.
    • 83' Good driving run from Walcott but the end product is not there, far too heavy with his cross.
    • 82' Rodwell rises highest but he is penalised for climbing on Bendtner.
    • 81' Everton win their seventh corner.
    • 80' Jagielka’s cross intended for Osman is too strong and the ball runs out of play.
    • 79' Arshavin scores having come on from the bench. It is the first goal from an Arsenal substitute in more than three months.
    • 78' Double change for Everton with Victor Anichebe and Phil Jagielka replacing Coleman and Neville.
    • 77' David Moyes will be apoplectic after all the men in blue shirts simply ran under the flight of the ball.
    • 76' GOAL ARSENAL!! Van Persie’s corner finds an unmarked Koscielny who buries his header into the corner from six yards. He was totally unmarked!
    • 75' Van Persie’s free-kick from 25 yards is well tipped over the crossbar by Howard.
    • 74' Walcott clipped behind from Osman and that is Everton’s fifth yellow card.
    • 73' Remember Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six League matches, their longest unbeaten run in 11 months since an eight-match streak from February to April 2010.
    • 72' Bendtner’s overhead kick is comfortably saved by Howard.
    • 71' Howard was booked for holding on to the ball after the goal.
    • 70' GOAL ARSENAL!! A lovely dink over the top from Fabregas and a back pedalling Rodwell can only head the ball into the path of Arshavin who volleys home from eight yards.
    • 69' Wilshere replaced by Nicklas Bendtner.
    • 68' Great run by Diaby as he jinks across the face of the penalty area but he shanks his shot horribly wide.
    • 67' Arsenal have dropped just five points from a possible 39 against the teams in the bottom half of the table this season.
    • 66' Bilyaletdinov is replaced by Leon Osman.
    • 65' Arshavin’s chip into the area finds Van Persie who turns wonderfully but he can get no purchase on his half-volley with his weaker right foot.
    • 64' Andrey Arshavin replaces the ineffective Rosicky.
    • 63' Fellaini and Saha both win headers in the penalty area after a throw and Sagna is forced to clear desperately at the back post.
    • 62' Everton's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Arsenal's Bacary Sagna and Johan Djourou battle for the ball. Match Image
    • 61' Van Persie becomes number six after having a pop at Arteta for going down too easily.
    • 60' Arteta trips Fabregas from behind and that is a fifth yellow card.
    • 59' Rodwell’s shot is blocked. Good spell from the visitors.
    • 58' Fellaini gets isolated at the back post with Cilchy but Arteta’s pass is just too strong for the Belgian.
    • 57' Van Persie and Heitinga have a little bit of afters after a block off by the Everton man and referee Mason has a word with the two World Cup team-mates.
    • 56' Van Persie finds half a yard on the edge of the penalty area but straight at Howard.
    • 55' Clichy’s shot is deflected off Distin for a corner which is headed over by Diaby.
    • 54' Driving run from Coleman into the area and Everton win a corner but nothing materialises.
    • 53' Right in the middle of the goal and straight into the wall.
    • 52' Lovely turn by van Persie on the edge of the penalty area but he is tugged back by fellow Dutchman Heitinga and it is a dangerous free-kick 20 yards from goal.
    • 51' Fellaini rises high above Djourou at the back post but his header across the penalty area is cleared.
    • 50' Song has a thigh injury, hence his withdrawal.
    • 49' Good turn by Rosicky but he drags his shot wide from 20 yards. The Czech is 40 games without a goal.
    • 48' Gunners fans: Arsenal have been behind against Everton twice at half-time in a Premier League home match, winning 3-1 in October 2008 and drawing 1-1 in October 2006.
    • 47' And almost immediately Rodwell is booked for a lunge on Walcott.
    • 46' A change at the start of the second-half with Abou Diaby replacing Song.
    • 45+2' Boos ring around the ground at half-time after a contentious and at times feisty opening 45 minutes. Everton lead through Louis Saha.
    • 45' Djourou needs treatment after an awkward fall in an aerial challenge with Saha.
    • 44' Fellaini wins another 50-50 ball and Rosicky is booked for flicking out a leg.
    • 43' Walcott’s shot is repelled by Howard but the flag is already up for offside.
    • 42' Everton have scored the opening goal at Arsenal on four previous occasions but Arsenal have won two of these matches and drawn the other two.
    • 41' Another dangerous ball across the face of the goal from Baines and Bilyaletdinov really should have got something on that. Decent chance!
    • 40' Djourou gets the wrong side of Fellaini and Everton win another corner.
    • 39' Rodwell stymies a quick break with a cynical foul on Fabregas but escapes censure.
    • 38' A long angled ball finds Baines whose header into the area finds Bilyaletdinov but his shot is smothered by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 37' The Dutchman has scored six goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
    • 36' Delightful ball over the top by Wilshere to Van Persie but the ball does not come down quick enough and his attempted lob is over the crossbar.
    • 35' Fabregas gets a march on Rodwell but a poor first touch allows the young midfielder to get goal side in the penalty area and the Spaniard drags his shot wide.
    • 34' Louis Saha has scored 13 of his 21 PL goals for Everton against London opposition including his last four.
    • 33' Ironic cheers as the flag goes up for offside against Fellaini.
    • 32' Caution Toffees fans! Everton have not kept a clean sheet in their last 23 league visits to Arsenal, since a 1-0 victory in March 1987.
    • 31' Arsenal win a third corner and Johan Djourou‘s flick at the near post is only about a foot away from being met by Koscielny at the back stick.
    • 30' Fellaini has been bossing the midfield and is too strong for Tomas Rosicky on the edge of his own penalty area.
    • 29' Arsene Wenger is having an animated discussion with the fourth official about that goal.
    • 28' Arsenal’s last home defeat to Everton was in January 1996 – Graham Stuart and Andrei Kanchelskis scored the goals in a 2-1 win.
    • 27' Everton force a second corner but the ball runs through to safety.
    • 26' Certainly a grey area and boos are ringing around the stadium.
    • 25' Does the deflection mean that it was a different phase of play? Referee Mason consulted his assistant before giving the goal.
    • 24' GOAL EVERTON!! Louis Saha is 2 or 3 yards offside when Coleman delivers his pass but the French striker is not worried as his shot from 18 yards nestles in the bottom corner. The ball comes off Koscielny but when Coleman made the pass, he was off.
    • 23' The Toffees have lost 12 of their last 14 Premier League away matches against Arsenal.
    • 22' Fantastic cross from Neville but the ball gets away from Bilyaletdinov at the back post.
    • 21' Heitinga wins the ball in a sliding tackle with Song on the edge of his own penalty area but the ball falls kindly to Theo Walcott whose shot is blocked by the legs of Tim Howard.
    • 20' Great driving run from Fabregas but he just stumbles under pressure from Johnny Heitinga and can’t dig the pass out from under his feet.
    • 19' Van Persie has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against Everton and produces a sublime drag back to outfox Bilyaletdinov.
    • 18' First chance of the match. Van Persie’s sublime backheel is perfectly into the path of Fabregas but the Arsenal captain rather shins his effort wide from 12 yards when you would have backed him to score.
    • 17' Laurent Koscielny flicks on the delivery at the near post but no-one at the back stick to apply the finishing touch.
    • 16' Robin van Persie’s free-kick from the right-side of the penalty area is put behind by Neville’s thigh for a corner.
    • 15' Distin is a fraction late with his sliding challenge on Sagna and is booked.
    • 14' Maybe Arsenal’s nine matches in January have taken their toll.
    • 13' The ball bounces around in the box before Fellaini is penalised for handball.
    • 12' Diniyar Bilyaletdinov wins a corner.
    • 11' Arsenal have scored more goals (77) against Everton than any team versus any opponent in Premier League history but have barely had a kick so far.
    • 10' Song is upended by Rodwell after Fellaini wins the header.
    • 9' Alex Song penalised for a tap on Rodwell’s ankle and another chance for Everton to put the ball into the mixer.
    • 8' Coleman’s cross is charged down after Cesc Fabregas treads on the Achilles' heel of Arteta. A little naughty that.
    • 7' Marouane Fellaini wins the ball in midfield off Wilshere but Jack Rodwell is penalised for a tug on Bacary Sagna.
    • 6' All Everton in the early going.
    • 5' Jack Wilshere has a bite at Mikel Arteta from behind and is booked.
    • 4' Floated forward from Sylvain Distin into the penalty area but Louis Saha is penalised for backing in.
    • 3' Surging run from Seamus Coleman but he just over runs the ball and it is a goal kick.
    • 2' A deep cross from Phil Neville but Leighton Baines’ touch on the other flank is too heavy and the ball runs out of play.
    • 1' The game is underway!
    • 19:42 And here come the teams on a cold night in North London.
    • 19:40 Tonight's referee is Lee Mason from Lancashire.
    • 19:35 Everton have not won in their last seven Premier League matches against Arsenal, conceding 19 goals. Their only victory in the last nine was 1-0 at Goodison Park in March 2007 – Andrew Johnson scored the only goal in the 90th minute.
    • 19:30 Arsenal are looking to complete the Premier League double over Everton for the seventh time and the first since 2007-08.
    • 19:25 They have met 37 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 23, Everton five and there have been nine draws.
    • 19:20 Arsenal and Everton have met 179 times in the league. Arsenal have won 87, Everton 54 and there have been 38 draws.
    • 19:15 Everton manager David Moyes is without defender Tony Hibbert who became ill following the FA Cup draw with Chelsea on Saturday while striker Victor Anichebe is on the bench after a groin problem. Tim Cahill returned to England on Monday after appearing in the Asian Cup for Australia but Moyes is giving the midfielder a few days off.
    • 19:10 Arsenal are without centre-half Sebastien Squillaci (suspension), midfielders Samir Nasri (hamstring) and Denilson (hamstring) plus goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder). Full-back Bacary Sagna (head) returns to the side,along with Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou, Gael Clichy and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who did not play in Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Huddersfield.
    • 19:05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Diaby, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner /// Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Beckford, Gueye, Osman, Anichebe, Baxter
    • 19:00 Welcome to coverage of Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners look to close the gap on leaders Manchester United.
  • Summary

    • 76' GOAL ARSENAL!! Van Persie’s corner finds an unmarked Koscielny who buries his header into the corner from six yards. He was totally unmarked!
    • 75' Van Persie’s free-kick from 25 yards is well tipped over the crossbar by Howard.
    • 70' GOAL ARSENAL!! A lovely dink over the top from Fabregas and a back pedalling Rodwell can only head the ball into the path of Arshavin who volleys home from eight yards.
    • 68' Great run by Diaby as he jinks across the face of the penalty area but he shanks his shot horribly wide.
    • 65' Arshavin’s chip into the area finds Van Persie who turns wonderfully but he can get no purchase on his half-volley with his weaker right foot.
    • 38' A long angled ball finds Baines whose header into the area finds Bilyaletdinov but his shot is smothered by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 36' Delightful ball over the top by Wilshere to Van Persie but the ball does not come down quick enough and his attempted lob is over the crossbar.
    • 35' Fabregas gets a march on Rodwell but a poor first touch allows the young midfielder to get goal side in the penalty area and the Spaniard drags his shot wide.
    • 31' Arsenal win a third corner and Johan Djourou‘s flick at the near post is only about a foot away from being met by Koscielny at the back stick.
    • 24' GOAL EVERTON!! Louis Saha is 2 or 3 yards offside when Coleman delivers his pass but the French striker is not worried as his shot from 18 yards nestles in the bottom corner. The ball comes off Koscielny but when Coleman made the pass, he was off.
    • 21' Heitinga wins the ball in a sliding tackle with Song on the edge of his own penalty area but the ball falls kindly to Theo Walcott whose shot is blocked by the legs of Tim Howard.
    • 18' First chance of the match. Van Persie’s sublime backheel is perfectly into the path of Fabregas but the Arsenal captain rather shins his effort wide from 12 yards when you would have backed him to score.
    • 1' The game is underway!
    • 19:05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Diaby, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner /// Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Beckford, Gueye, Osman, Anichebe, Baxter

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • B. Sagna
      • J. Djourou
      • L. Koscielny Goal
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Song Substitution Out (45′)
      • J. Wilshere Yellow Card Substitution Out (69′)
      • T. Walcott
      • C. Fábregas
      • T. Rosický Yellow Card Substitution Out (62′)
      • R. van Persie Yellow Card

      Subs

      • M. Chamakh
      • A. Arshavin Substitution In62′ Goal
      • E. Eboué
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In69′
      • K. Gibbs
      • M. Almunia
      • A. Diaby Substitution In45′
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard Yellow Card
      • P. Neville Substitution Out (79′)
      • J. Heitinga
      • S. Distin Yellow Card
      • L. Baines
      • M. Arteta Yellow Card
      • M. Fellaini
      • S. Coleman Substitution Out (78′)
      • J. Rodwell Yellow Card
      • D. Bilyaletdinov Substitution Out (65′)
      • L. Saha Goal

      Subs

      • P. Jagielka Substitution In79′
      • L. Osman Substitution In65′ Yellow Card
      • V. Anichebe Substitution In78′
      • J. Beckford
      • J. Baxter
      • M. Gueye
      • J. Mucha
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