Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton
Posted by hiphopmama on October 20, 2008
This game saw both Arsenals show up: the one that looks completely hapless on defense and can’t contain squat, and the (much more pleasant) one that dominates possession and links up for beautiful goals. They opened the game with the first Arsenal present, and Everton struck quickly to take a 0-1 lead. Osman scored on some relatively average build-up play but, to his credit, put the cross he received away with ease. Arsenal sort of muddled through for the rest of the first half but returned rejuvenated in the second, playing their typical Arsenal football. It was truly a pleasure to watch, and it was capped off by a goal from Nasri. Arsenal had definitely begun to pick up the pace, but Nasri officially turned the tide when he hit an incredible strike from a few yards outside the area that might have taken a slight deflection and jetted its way into the back of the net to tie the game. The next goal came after they had about a gazillion touches in the area, and for a second it looked as though they were going to squander another opportunity looking for that perfect goal. Adebayor turned his back on one chance, then dished it off to Fabregas, whose shot was blocked by Howard. The rebound bounced to Van Persie, who headed it home to take all three points.
It was a nerve-wracking performance, to be sure, especially coming from a side that desperately needed a win. They knew they couldn’t fall behind the three leaders by an additional three points so early in the season, and they gutted out a victory. It’s reassuring that they can win this kind of game, after going down a goal early on, but that they had to do so at all is somewhat disconcerting. Three points is three points, though, and Arsenal will take them any way they can get them at this point.