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March 2021

Everton – Arsenal 0-2: that is more like it.

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…..

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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!



44 comments to Everton – Arsenal 0-2: that is more like it.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Okay I made a mess of it in the end… with Giroud his shot shOt that is…. 🙂 🙂

  • Edda1971

    This must be the worst referee performances this year, and we still won. Great job boys!!!

  • Rodelero

    I cannot believe this is Clattenburg. His performance in the Spurs City match worried me but this was simply extraordinary. He seemed to be out there to give Everton every chance, even when they essentially had none.

    It seemed like he had been sent out there to finish our title chances off for once and for all, at all costs. A truly dire performance from him that should see him getting slaughtered by the media – but we know what will happen. Cover up, cover up, cover up. Don’t let anyone know, don’t give anyone the chance to draw the line between the dots, because then the game will be up.

    I don’t believe we can win the league, and haven’t for a week or two. We’re up against too many forces and, even if we had just refereeing from here on out, I find it hard to believe we can overhaul Leicester and Spurs. We’re not flawless, we’re going to slip up at some point. Of course, none of this is relevant, because the refereeing isn’t going to suddenly improve.

    You only have to look at Everton v Arsenal, and Leicester v Newcastle to see that things are going to continue as they are, and you only have to look at the media’s response to see that they want it to happen so much that they will overlook quite literally anything.

  • Edda1971

    Rodelero, you are 100% right, it continues right now. Robert Huth gets away with two possible red card offenses in 5 minutes without even getting a red!!!

  • Edda1971

    Without even a yellow I mean 🙂

  • Edda1971

    I mean he didnt even get a yellow!

  • nicky

    Everton played like Arsenal have done of late. Losing possession too easily, misplaced passes and a highline in defence meant there were gaps to be exploited.
    Both Welbeck and Iwobi scored individualistic goals which will have restored confidence to the team as a whole.
    Everyone contributed towards the
    win and three points and you can’t ask for more than that.

  • Mandy Dodd

    After this result, what’s the betting Kane and Vardy get dodgy pens if Palace or Bournemouth threaten.
    I know we are used to it , but can scarcely believe what I saw from the ref today.
    Someone at the club really needs to act, win or no win.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Another good performance from Iwobi and we looked far more solid at the back. A good three points, all we could do today.

  • omgarsenal

    Where are the aaa today? We miss you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much you tossers!
    Two young stars are showing why Wenger is a master of judging talent. I am beginning to wonder whether Walcott and the Ox will ever get their jobs back. There are still a few in the wings looking to do te same; Campbell,Gnabry, Silva, Toral, Zelalem, Maitland-Niles,etc.

  • Pat

    If Ozil is injured, it shows again how we suffer from this dreadful refereeing that encourages the opposition to commit dangerous fouls. I hope so much he is ok, not just for the team, but for him.

  • Good job Walter. As always. The refs make the game in England look bad, they bring the game into absolute disrepute and with such reckless abandon. That they are such cheats is obvious to everybody but those who form their opinions and see things only thru’ the beady eyes of the media.

    They will never change one thing, and that is Arsenal’s quality and Wenger’s stubborn conviction to do things in a certain way. We might not win the EPL, but the team doesn’t have to do much to win hearts. Well done boys. Congratulations to Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck for those sizzlers. Foxes watch out, we are coming for our place!

  • Pat

    According to the BBC web site, Arsenal committed 10 fouls to Everton’s 7!

  • Jalan

    A well deserved 3 points. Two great goals from Wellbeck and Iwobi. Brilliant pass and move for the first and Iwobi’s was brilliantly taken. Both players deserve to be ahead of Giroud and Walcott.

    I don’t think we had many attacking shots on goal in the second half, but I suppose when your two up it doesn’t matter. Oh yeah, Giroud’s goal should have been allowed.

    Coleman was lucky to be on the pitch after leaving his foot in on Coquellen and Monreal. I hope Ospina is ok and is fit for Watford next Saturday!


  • Arthur

    Usually I take the poor refereeing in my stride but today it made me really angry. They do not even try to hide the bias anymore.

  • goonersince72

    Thanks Walter
    I won’t mention the officials, only the good today. Coquelin and Elneny is quite a pairing, Gabriel with a really good game, Welbeck and Iwobi successfully taking the chances created and Ospina solid. Looked like the side that battled with Barca.

  • Rosicky@Arsenal

    Btw where are the Aaas n wobs today?
    I believe they should be binned from UA.
    They may spew there toxic ideas at LG.

  • rich

    Clattenberg tried his very best ey. Number of decisions which cannot be explained. Aside from the pen and disallowed goal, where you can cry poor view (yet the views fine 99% of the time when there’s a chance to punish us) the non bookings for Cleverly and Coleman make zero sense. Clear views, clear bookings.

    As with that Long trip we are meant to believe no official had eyes on the Giroud trip. Sure.

    Starting to suspect Riley is actually sat in a dark room somewhere watching out games, cameras on and miked up.

    Anyway, what a brilliant performance. While Ramsay is a more talented, or better player, than Coq and Elneny, bloody hell i prefer the look of us as a team with those two in the centre. It works. Knowing there is a good level of solidity and cover in there frees the entire team.

    Ramsey has to be right or even alternating with Ozil for the foreseeable future. Then Cazorla and Wilshere!!

    Ok, I’ve had a few beers and I don’t often these days, but that was beautiful.

    koeman, Simeone…ppppppllllpppp!

    Oh, shoutout to the commentators for saying we were unlucky with more than half a dozen big decisions yet not once adding them together to say that makes us extraordinarily and unusually ‘unlucky’ on the day, while admitting that constitutes a very bad performance from the ref. Standard.

    Yet, laughably, Owen was ready to give a big lament and speech after Everton were denied once early on by a mistake. ‘Decisions change games. Can’t sweep it under the carpet.’ Good one, Mikey.

    No, Mike, he wasn’t even clear through on goal. He was out wide.

  • Menace

    We wait. No hounds howling today. We must have won. How the support behaves is almost as bad as the northern whistle blowers. They are ungrateful for the wonderful stadium & glorious football that Wenger brought to England.

  • Zedsaunt

    Did my utmost to stay focussed on the game and the movement and positional play but Clattenberg kept intruding.

    The review at the end of the season – The Performances Of The PGMOL. Should be put up by a comedy act and tour the country.

    Coleman an English player of class, yeessss.

  • bjtgooner

    An excellent performance and win and an invaluable three points. Well done the team and manager. It is a delight to see Iowbi and Elneny contributing so much to the team. Welbeck is now starting to look like a class player – he is developing very nicely under AW’s tutelage.

    But Clattenburg – what an appalling dereliction of duty. Clattenburg, once a reasonable referee, has been bought/compromised and reduced to the same level of incompetent bias as the remaining 16 or so of Riley’s untouchables.

    It is more than strange that the media rabbit on about AW – but cannot see the incompetence in the PGMO – and by acquiescing to it are supporting the rape of the national game by 16 or 17 manipulators.

  • dan

    The 1st half I was impressed with our play, Clattenberg was clearly trying to twist the game in their favour.

  • dan

    Clattenberg just another tosser cheating his way through the ranks!

  • dan

    Did anyone hear the serial loser Michael Owen, commentary when the Everton player clearly controlled the ball with his arm, “oh it was off his chest.”

    I would be embarrassed!!!

  • Josif

    Not a penalty according to Jones.

    Leicester got away with a victory against Palace, Delaney hit the bar in 92nd minute. They should have got quite a few yellow cards for tactical fouls but I’ll leave that one for Usama’s big review.

  • serge

    I’ve always had a high regard for Clattenburg, but today he was so obviously anti Arsenal that it stank the stadium out. What’s happened to him?

  • gouresh

    Now this is what i call a team performance and what we all wanted . I am not going to speak about the goals because most of u all have commented on that. I will speak about the defence and my man of match is Gabbi. Fantastic performance, the tenacity, grith determination everything was there. Did u all notice when the ball fell in the box, it was cleared way the old fashion style? This sort of performance was missing and I hope they give it their best shot. As for the ref,did not expect this from this ref, but if they don’t want us to win, anything goes.

  • Sally Pally

    So we played brilliantly and well done to them. Great for Iwobi and Wellbs. Iwobi is infectious. I read that Coquelin made more interceptions than anyone since 2013 in the Prem.

    But now, virtually every single person commenting here is disgusted by the referee. He was quite simply out to destroy us. It is time to act and if the club do nothing now, it will be a chance missed. We have video evidence of criminal behaviour. We certainly have money for a top lawyer or two. What more do the club need?

    Anyway, let us savour the great team effort today and hope that next year, the PGMOL has been prosecuted for bringing the game into disrepute. Then I have no doubt that we will win the title.

  • Malaysiangooner

    Great win today. Any news on the banner boo-boys? I heard there was a scuffle between the fans regarding the banner.

  • Seydlitz

    A ablismal performance, they should bring back the death penalty for refs.!

  • Col

    “I am beginning to wonder whether Walcott and the Ox will ever get their jobs back.” – OMG Arsenal

    Wenger has been badly let down by Walcott, who ‘talks the talk’ but can’t live up to the mantle of being the ‘main man’. I think he is useful to have at times in that his pace is valuable, but he is currently not worth 120k a week. Ox seems to have developed confidence issues out of his multiple injuries (perhaps that is Walcott’s issue as well). It is a bit strange really – Wenger is generally good at building up players’ confidence, but these 2 look shot. There is a lot of deadwood to ship out in the summer, one wonders if one or both of these 2 will join the exodus. It might actually be in their best interests too.

  • dan

    Why can’t we get an anti pigmob banner?

  • Josif

    I’ve seen a bit of highlights from the other games today. Crouch had a perfectly good goal chalked off due to non-existing offside and Chelsea got a last-minute penalty after Loftus-Cheek tripped himself.

    And, what is there to say about our match today? We won 2:0 and I still feel cheated by Clattenburg, mostly because I had had a positive opinion on him before his West Brom debacle.

    The Incompetents are well-prepared for the run-in, it seems.

  • Josif

    Sorry, not Crouch but Arnautovic.

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    So your Grandchildren can still watch the Arsenal in years to come, please support Earth Hour 2016.

  • Mick

    A great result and promising performance by the team.
    A shame BT gave so much air time to the morons holding the banner up. They appeared to be from the younger end of the support? spectrum and (whilst risking being accused of stereotyping) looked like potential recipients of Darwin Awards at some point in the future.

  • porter

    Nice comfortable win , despite the obvious nerves at the start as we grew into the game Everton were played out of it and consequently became more and more frustrated and resorted to niggly fouls which escalated to attempts to leave their mark on Arsenal’s players. Coleman in particular and Funes Mori should have at least been cautioned but the ref inexplicably kept the cards in his pocket. 2 good goals the end product of speed direct play . Well done good win.

  • omgarsenal

    Col: Glad you agree but two issues I need you to clarify,

    1)Walcott’s weekly compensation is unknown….where did you invent that figure from?

    2)What deadwood are you referring to precisely? Flamini, Arteta,Rosicky….all older players but NEVER EVER deadwood!!!

    Please help me understand your special and privileged access to information that others do not have.

  • Col

    OMG, I will rephrase the whole point in terms you like but I doubt you will answer it since you seem more interested in pedantry. Anyway, here goes.

    1) £120k – Walcott’s compensation has been widely reported as being £140K (, for example), so you are right, I should do more research. If you wish make a big deal of this then that is your prerogative, but you completely (and willfully) miss the point I was making. If he is paid merely half that much (unlikely) it is still too much on current form.

    2) You don’t like the term ‘deadwood’ to refer to players who are no longer good enough to play for Arsenal due to age. Fine, but again completely (and wilfully) misses the point. You may not like the phrase, but it is a commonly used vernacular that most people understand. It is also accurate in this context: “Deadwood: people or things that are not useful or helpful in achieving a goal” ( There is a reason Wenger rarely gives long contracts to players over 30, and I believe there will be a number of departures of older players this summer. I would not be surprised if Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain join them.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    WOO HOO , HOO ! Great boost for the team . Well done , guys .
    Up the Gunners !

  • dan

    I do think Walcott’s day with us numbered.

  • Micko

    Abysmal refereeing performance.
    The refereeing in general seems to have got worse since they went professional.
    Is this done on purpose to hide any bias?

  • Menace

    Whats up with you guys? Wengers days now Walcotts days! Reality is form is temporary, class is permanent (as long as injury doesn’t change anything). Some players have reached age limits & do not perform as well, but Walcott has not had positional match satisfaction. He will suddenly take off & start scoring. Wenger knows.

  • Edda1971

    Actually as fans we have to be realistic, we cannot really think that players like Walcott, Ox, and Ramsey will want to sit on the bench!!! I have to admit, I am really surprised that Debuchy was pushed out of the squad by Bellerin, but I am happy to se the boss take such hard choices. So what will u guys at he AAA say when(if) we sell Walcott, Ramsey, and the OX, when those players come back and play against us ??? Will you booooo them ??? You really shouldn’t, because you already booooo’ed them while they played for us. You should then cheeeeeer them for playing against us, and making a win for us inevitable !!!