Today’s piece is penned by our very own @anicoll5.
In line with house policy I shall not recite the events of Sunday afternoon on the pitch as you have seen it, or heard it, or followed it on Twitter, or missed it. If the latter, my poor expression would be inadequate to describe an excellent game.
As for the result the words ‘fair’ and ‘result’ were used in 24,727 social media references to the game on the period between 6pm and midnight GMT last night. The people have spoken and, I admit gentle reader, I was one of those statistics. For either club to have gone away pointless would have been injustice.
Were we expecting much different? Not me and I suspect I was not the only one on PA. The three points would have been a good prize but in recent seasons EFC have proved a difficult, awkward side to beat at home. I recall peering at the game through a snow storm two seasons ago when the home side, Tomas I think, snaffled a late equalizer. And they have a little more football quality now and are less reliant on the boot and fist that Fellaini personified.
Some Arsenal fans were relying on that old leveller ‘fatigue’ to kick in, with Everton having won late at Trafford Park on Wednesday. By the last 20 minutes they would be knackered. Well as we saw on Saturday, and have seen quite often this season, a win against ManYoo away is not deserving of the accolades what it was. As for ‘fatigue’ – Pah! Arsenal had played 23 club games this season going into Sunday’s game, Everton just 16. Add in our Champions League traveling and our player’s international football commitments, then why the visitors should feel tired is a mystery.
So a good result and one that gently extended our lead on Chelsea and did not diminish the gap with Citeh. No more injuries, and no one banned for that 5th yellow card. We sail on toward the City of Manchester stadium with a strong wind in our favour.
I see Howard Webb came in for some criticism for not picking up fouls and taking more robust, card-type action, but I did not think he had a bad game. I have noticed that referees are much more willing to wave play on when a player goes down this season. While errors are being made – and will be made – I prefer a system where referees give a foul if they see a real actual foul, not just in response to a theatrical scream and tumble.
The man from Blackburn was on form last night, baiting the mob and their efforts to find the guilty man, or men, responsible for the Everton goal. The pitchfork wielding rabble rampaged through the cyber streets and alleys in search first of Szcz, then Gibbs, then Arteta, even Rambo was accused by the vengeance seeking multitude. They were stopped in their tracks however by the revelation – it was Bendtner wot done it.