I have left it a day before musing on the Everton game for the same reason I don’t tweet during matches, I find immediate appraisals tend to be knee jerk reaction and leave you looking like a right miserable Charlie.
The general consensus is that we were poor, but how poor were we really?
People say we were dire in the first half, but were we really ?
For the first 20 minutes there was zero danger that I could see. Ok, we didn’t create much ourselves, but we were away from home and playing ourselves into the game. We did look brighter than them and got into some dangerous forward positions.
Then the goal, against the run of play, had an effect on both Arsenal and Everton.
The goal itself could have been avoided, but what goal cant be? If we are going to blame Ozil for not defending like Tony Adams ,then thats harsh.
We were put on the back foot and Everton buoyed by being ahead when if anything they had been second best. For the next 10 minutes it was all Everton. Understandable? I think so !
The second Everton goal was a catalog of officiating errors. So to go in at half time 2 goals to the bad must have been a bitter pill to swallow.
The fans that had been screaming for Alexis to play in the middle were now screaming for a change.
Arsene made the change at half time (odd for a man who people say never makes tactical changes and always waits until 70 minutes) Giroud’s impact was immediate .He hit a volley that ended up in row Z but was only inches over the bar.
We know what happened, 2 late goals and a really good point was salvaged.
Everton we were told were great and we were lucky.
We had 55% possession and the same territorial advantage.
They had 2 shots on target(one of which was a clear offside) we had 3.
We also had more than twice the shots off target.
The reality is we were not that bad. We deserved at least a point.
Giroud once again showed how important to the team he is.
Monreal was good . He provided the assist for the winner and looked solid. Another good player proving detractors wrong.
Carzola, another scapegoat, came on and assisted for the first goal.
We had players coming back into the team and others clearly not fully fit.
We had played an extremely physical European game mid week.
We were playing a very good team away from home.
I’m not sure what people expected, but an easy win should not have been it.
Thanks for reading, pedantic george @Blackburngeorge.
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