By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made only one change in the starting line up compared to the match at Barcelona. Coquelin came in the team in the place of the injured Flamini.
So this means that Welbeck kept his place in the starting line up and also Iwobi started again and this for the second match in a row. On the bench Chambers came in because of the injury to Flamini.
Team at the start: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.
On the beach: Macey, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Chambers, Campbell, Walcott, Giroud.
A low corner for Everton is diverted to the outside of the post … and at the other end Welbeck goes past a few defenders and a defender clears against Welbeck and it hits the outside of the post also. All within the first 2 minutes. Barkley heads over for Everton and Gabriel shoots over when unmarked after a corner for Arsenal. All this within the first 4 minutes. A very lively start to the match is the least one can say. A lovely combination from Arsenal then. Alexis to Özil back to Alexis who plays it nicely in the path of Welbeck who rounds the keeper and puts the ball over the goal line. GOAL! 0-1 to Arsenal after 6 minutes.
Arsenal win the ball again and Alexis gives it to Iwobi but his shot is straight at the Everton keeper. The tempo then drops a bit and mostly midfield play from both teams. Lukaku from an offside position tries to get on the end of a cross and the assistant keeps his flag down but Gabriel can clear. A combination between Özil and Iwobi sees Özil taking a shot but blocked in to a corner. Arsenal can’t clear a ball and finaly a shot from Barkley is stopped by Ospina.
Both teams attacking when they can but not really producing dangerous situations now. Lots of battles for the ball between players. Alexis goes down over an outstretched leg but once again no penalty for Arsenal. He tried to stay on his feet first but but was clearly kicked by Besic. Another big big decision not given in favour of Arsenal. The first of the regular and obligatory 3??? Bellerin’s shot blocked in the last instance when he made a run in to the penalty area. Arsenal a bit more on the backfoot in teh last 5 minutes of the first half. Arsenal win the ball in their own half in midfield, the ball goes to Bellerin who sees Iwobi in some space… a great ball to the young Nigerian player who is strong enough to hold off the Everton defender and shoots the ball under the Everton keeper. GOAL! 0-2 to The Arsenal after 42 minutes.
Welbeck almost again away but a good tackle from the last Everton defender can prevent Arsenal having another chance. Seconds later Iwobi again but this time his shot goes wide. Özil being fouled but nothing given…. business still as usual but Everton cannot take advantage this time. Arsenal go in to the dressing room at half time with a 0-2 advantage.
Cleverly with a nasty kick on Elneny at the start of the first half, should have been a yellow card. Lennon also coming in late on Coquelin. Fouls given but nothing more. Welbeck almost can benefit from a bad ball from Stones but Stones can recover in time. Arsenal keep playing forward but the shot from Coquelin goes over. Iwobi in some space but he can’t find Özil. Bellerin is stopped by an arm when he goes past his man but again Clatternburg sees no foul. FFS this is so ridiculous at times…..
Lukaku goes in hard on Ospina but was going for the ball to be honest but the impact was there. Ospina was first on the ball after a low cross. Ospina needing some treatment suffering from some pain in his back. But he can continue for the moment but looks heavy legged. Everton get a corner a bit later and Jagielka heads over. Everton have a shot but Gabriel blocks it. Özil was down but Everton continue but can’t get to a shot. Stones landed on his ankle after jumping to win the ball. No foul but Özil can’t continue.
After 74 minutes Özil and Welbeck go off and Giroud and Gibbs come on. Coleman looking for trouble first with Coquelin and then trips Monreal after fouling Gibbs first… still no cards from the ref… Meanwhile Ospina seems to have recovered. Giroud being hacked down on the edge of the penalty area but again Clattenburg ignores the blatant foul. Giroud has a shot that is deflected with Gibbs doing a great run but who was ignored. Giroud heads home the corner but the goal is disallowed for a push in the build up.
Come on ref Clattenburg what are you doing now? Giving each and everything against Arsenal now. Iwobi with some space but his pass to Alexis is not good enough and Alexis takes his place in the stands when he ran off the pitch. Chambers coming on for Iwobi in the 85th minute.
Lukaku with a header after a cross but easy pick up for Ospina. Arsenal leaning back in the closing minutes. And wasting a few possibilities to get a good counter going. Monreal with a miss kick so Ospina can pick up the ball. Everton press forward but Ospina with an easy catch after a corner. Chambers recovers the ball gives it to Giroud but his shit hits the wrong side of the net. Another cross is picked up by Ospina. Who has done a good job in the absence of Cech so far. Not that he had to do much work but what he had to do he did it excellent.
Arsenal win with 0-2 at Everton after a good first half and hen leaning back a bit maybe because of the fatigue from the Barcelona match creeping in. Everton hardly got a chance in this match.
Welbeck with the early goal and then Iwobi… what can you say about this lad? He is getting more and more impressive after each time I see him play. But also Elneny once again impressed with his work rate.
Next match Watford. I will be there!