Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker have lamented the fact Arsenal couldn’t turn a dominant second half display against Everton into three points and pinpointed a lack of efficiency in the final third as the key factor.
While both players spoke positively about a solid defensive performance and the fact the Gunners have retained their unbeaten run, the lack of cutting edge up front was seemingly too obvious not to mention.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, Ramsey reflected:
“We didn’t quite get that final ball right but the lads gave a massive effort tonight and we looked pretty solid at the back as well in the second half and didn’t give them too much. We’re happy with the way we battled and performed but disappointed with the final ball and [not] getting that goal.
“This was our game in hand and it was important not to lose it. We wanted to win it but credit to them, they were quite well organised and on another night, we may have got a couple of goals where the final ball would have been better.”
Similarly disappointed the BFG looked at the opportunities squandered despite catching Everton on the break.
“They put us under pressure and in the second half there was more room and more space for us to play,” the German told Arsenal Player.
“There were quite a few good counter-attacks when they were disorganised but we couldn’t score and that is a disappointment. We had to use them.”
“We tried to get more out of the game than one point so it’s a bit disappointing. At that stage of the season, you have to win these tight games and it was one of those games which was very tight.
“But I think we defended well, especially the back four and Aaron and Mikel. We always covered each other. Anichebe is a strong guy but he had a lot of problems with our response. That is a vital thing for the future.”
It’s pretty obvious that Olivier Giroud was the main culprit for missed chances last night but the fact we struggled to consistently create chances last night was as much down to Everton’s stubbornness and organisation as it was to our midfield not quite clicking. In the first half in particular it felt like the centre of the park needed an injection of pace.
It’ll be interesting to see how Wenger tackles his team selection for the upcoming game with Fulham, a fit again Tomas Rosicky might just make all the difference…