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Match Report: Everton 1 – 0 Arsenal

Everton (1) 1 Arsenal (0) 0
Premier League
Goodison Park, Goodison Road, Liverpool L4 4EL
Sunday, 7th April 2019. Kick-off time: 2.05pm

(4-2-3-1) Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Guendouzi; Kolašinac, Özil, Mkhitaryan; Lacazette.
Substitutes: Čech, Ramsey, Lichtsteiner, Aubameyang, Iwobi, Suárez, Jenkinson.
Yellow Cards: Sokratis, Guendouzi, Mustafi, Monreal
Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 39,400

In The Big Lebowski, when the Dude meets the narrator, the latter says to the Dude that “a wiser fella once said, sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, the bear eats you”. In other words, win some, lose some. Today, at Goodson Park, the bear most definitely had a meal out on us from start to finish. Right from the moment Phil Jagielka’s goal settled the match as early as the tenth minute, we played as if our whole team were reinvented with two left feet.
Has there ever been a first half that we have played this season that has been so devoid of both inspiration and creativity? Highly unlikely. We just didn’t click, the midfield were nothing short of pathetic at times; God only knows why Mr. Emery didn’t play Aaron Ramsey from the start is a mystery. And where is Denis Suárez? The home team completely dominated the match in the first half, and to be fair, it looked as if we were lucky to go into the break only being 0-1 down.
The second half saw us wake up and smell the coffee, albeit rather briefly, which coincided with Aaron Ramsey replacing a tepid Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolašinac being substituted for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (along with a change in formation) to try and zip proceedings up a bit, which looked okay for about a quarter of an hour or so. Somehow, we were unable to continue the momentum, and despite the speed of our strikers, we simply allowed Everton to regroup and dominate the match yet again.

We did have our chances in the second half; Aaron Ramsey should have scored after Jordan Pickford’s disastrous save that never was, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort would have been easier to score than it was to miss, and with the shot going inches wide, our chances to equalise seemed to disappear with it. Frustration crept in like a winter snowstorm and again the home side appeared to take control with Gylfi Sigurdsson being denied by either excellent goalkeeping by Bernd Leno or poor shooting on his part with at least three efforts being blasted over the bar. Emotions spilled over with the two managers having words on the touchline that incredibly managed to involve players in their spat, with Mesut Özil petulantly throwing his jacket at the Everton manager after being substituted for Alex Iwobi with just fifteen minutes left of the match. Somehow we managed to keep the home team from scoring a second goal late in the game, and when Kevin Friend blew the whistle, it couldn’t be a moment too soon for Arsenal.

This was truly one of those matches that is best forgotten. We showed little character, poor defending and no decent midfield movement to mention in despatches, let alone efforts on the Toffees’ goal to be remembered. Arsenal may well have had 57% possession, but what use is that if we don’t convert this into goals? Points make prizes, not the proportional representation theory of a possession-based game. We can of course, still finish in the fabled top four at the end of the season, but it could be a close-run thing now, and we may have to be the servant of other team’s results, not the masters of our own. Arsenal have only recorded one away victory in the Premiership since November, and out of the remaining half dozen matches that remain, only two are in North London, which it has to be said, on our record is a sobering thought. Chelsea play West Ham on Monday evening, and if they are victorious, the West Londoners will propel themselves into third place, leapfrogging both ourselves and Tottenham Hotspur, which means that we will definitely have to win all of our games, nothing less will do. It seems that we need to sort ourselves out, and very quickly indeed; Napoli await in the Europa Cup on Thursday evening, and if they are watching this performance today (which they more than likely are) then they will surely fancy their chances at The Emirates. Let us hope that today was indeed a bad day at the office that won’t be repeated; like the man in the movie said all those years ago, today the bear eats you. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.

5 hours from Blackburn all for a 0-0

Following the legends match at the Emirates where I was part of the prawn sandwich brigade, next match was an U21 match away to Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

This was a good test as it was against Coventry’s first team. We won 3-0 with over 200 Gooners in attendance made it a satisfying evening.

Next stop was a trip to St James’s Park, Newcastle; always a decent place to watch football with the city centre stadium with walking distance of plenty of pubs. For a reason that still makes no sense to me, we were booked on the 6:12am train from Kings Cross meaning that my alarm was set for 3:30am!

What with my other half being away on Saturday night and 10 hours of drinking, this trip was only going one way and it did……

The match was uninspiring but a 2-1 win, but it meant that for the first time in an age, we won two away on the bounce!

Following a heavy head on Sunday, Monday saw me venturing up to Blackburn for an U23 match. There was a bad accident on the M6 which meant diversions and missing the first 13 minutes. On the way home, I counted 18 different sets of road works, therefore arriving home over 5 hours after our departure; the match itself finished 0-0, not a great day all round!

The only thing I took back with me from Blackburn was a stinking cold which was to stop me going to a few youth & academy matches.

Following this seasons Europa League debut with a easy win against Ukrainian side Vorsla Poltava, I saw our U23s thrash Liverpool 4-0 at Borehamwood.

Next up was a 2-0 home win against Everton where the highlight was keeping our first clean sheet of the season followed by a home Carabao Cup versus Brentford, a team we’ve not played in a competitive match since the 1940’s which we won 3-1.

Next up is the last match of a run of 4 home matches against Watford followed by a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. Lots of sun and cheap alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?


Victoria Concordia Crescit – Arsenal awash with positivity


An Arsenal win ✓
A first clean sheet ✓
3 points in the bag ✓
FIVE wins in the row ✓

After that tough start to the season which saw us lose the opening two games to Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal are now on a run of 5 wins in a row.

In the league it is 4 wins in a row. Whilst the opposition of West Ham & Everton at home, Newcastle and Cardiff away, might not fill sides with fear, you can only beat what you have in front of you.

To bring things into perspective, Arsenal have not won 4 league games in a row since the back end of 2016/17 when we won the last 5 games of the season.

With Watford (H) and Fulham (A) up next, it is realistic that Arsenal could increase that winning run to 6 Premier League games – the last time we won more than 6 games on the trot was 2014/15.

If you are unable to see the positives in Unai Emery’s Arsenal, I feel sorry for you.

I see people moaning about the poor performance against Everton (we won 2-0!) and about our leaky defence. I see people moaning that Aaron Ramsey had a poor game (he set up both goals) and that Mesut Ozil has been awful (2 goals in his last 3 games).

People are moaning about Petr Cech in goal. Calling him past it. Even though he has actually performed very well this season; and improved on last season under the new coaching regime.

People have moaned about Hector Bellerin playing and Lucas Torreira not playing. They have complained about Unai Emery trying to put Ramsey, Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette into the same team.

I am just fed up with the moaning.

Wenger has gone, Gazidis has gone. We have won 5 games in a row in all competitions. There is plenty to be positive about. Plenty to get excited about.

I am all for constructive criticism – it does baffle me that Everton was the first time Torriera started in the Premier League – but we all demanded change, and we got that change. We should be backing the new mans decisions, even if we might not always agree with them.

I think the issue is some fans have the negativity from the Wenger-era ingrained into them.

They are so used to moaning week in week out that they are no longer able to look at the positives. Their response to beating Everton was not to enjoy the 5th win in a row and the clean sheet, but to highlight the poor performance.

Their glass will always be half empty. Nothing will ever be good enough for them.

They demanded the change, they got the change. Now they have nothing to contribute, bar constant moaning. It is almost like they need the club to be in turmoil to make their opinion relevant. That they are just waiting to stand outside the directors entrance with a bed sheet.

The reality is, if you are not able to get behind the team, the new management, The Arsenal. If you are still pretending to boycott the club, then your “support” is no longer really required. Your negativity not needed.

I am glad you do not go. That you keep your bitterness to Twitter rather than scream obscenities from the terraces.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

Sometimes I feel our fans forget this. That they go out of their way to create disharmony within the club. That they thrive off the negative. That it justifies their existence.

There is plenty to be positive at the moment. Bring on Brentford. Let’s make it 6 wins in a row before the visit of Watford.

Up the Arsenal