Result: Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton
Competition: Premier League
Date: 23 September 2018
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Arsenal secured their first clean sheet of the season and chalked up another win with a 2-0 result against Everton. Arsenal struggled to impose their game in the first half but got 2 quick goals in the second half against the run of play. Overall, the performance was not great but Emery would be happy with the points on board in Arsenal’s chase for a place in the top 4, especially with Chelsea and Manchester United dropping points this weekend.
ARSENAL STARTING XI
The Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Torreira, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Guendouzi, Elneny, Iwobi, Welbeck
0′ – TORREIRA STARTS
Torreira starts for Arsenal in the Premier League. Rejoice, for Emery has listened to the voice of the fans! It’s as if we’ve finally had a manager who is active on Twitter. Oh wait….
1′ – SOKRATIS CLEARANCE
Big Papa gets into a 1 on 1 with Walcott and wrestles the ball away from the ex-Gunner. He boots his clearance far from danger to great applause. More of this, please.
1′ – RICHARLISON CHANCE
Richarlison breaks the offside trap and streaks towards goal. A moment of hesitation by the forward allows Cech to sweep up and clear.
4′ – PRESSING IN PROGRESS
Aubameyang and Lacazette expertly press Kenny into giving away a corner. Looks like something they practiced in training. Positive signs.
7′ – XHAKA LOSES POSSESSION
Xhaka receives the ball deep in the half and gets closed down by Gueye. Everton almost score only for their players to be caught offside.
11′ – MONREAL CHANCE
A great through ball from Ozil releases Bellerin on the right. Bellerin’s cross results in a scramble in the penalty area. The ball ends up at the feet of the opposite full back, Monreal, who ghosted his way into the box. His shot gets blocked and is cleared away.
14′ – YELLOW CARD: TORREIRA
Torreira goes in for a hard tackle against Gueye but doesn’t get the ball. An early yellow for the tenacious midfielder.
20′ – CECH SAVES
Richarlison evades Bellerin and takes an open shot on goal. Cech saves well and pushes the ball out for a corner.
26′ – YELLOW CARD: DIGNE
Yellow card for the Frenchman who tries to trip Aubameyang on a counter.
27′ – RICHARLISON CHANCE
The forward spins past a couple of Arsenal players on the inside left and attempts to curl the ball into the bottom of the far post. It goes just wide.
29′ – YELLOW CARD: SOKRATIS
Mustafi is not able to keep the ball away from Walcott with his tackle. Walcott drives on dangerously into space and Sokratis hastily takes down the speedy winger to earn a yellow.
30′ – CECH SAVES FREE KICK
Digne takes the resulting free kick which is saved by Cech. The wall should have done better to jump and block the attempt.
31′ – RAMSEY GOES CLOSE
Ozil makes a rare driving run into the box and squares it for Ramsey who was free in the penalty box. The Everton players deflect the pass before it reaches Ramsey. Arsenal need to create another good chance as they’ve been quiet so far in this game.
37′ – THEO CHANCE
Sigurdsson puts Walcott through on the inside right but Cech comes off his line quickly to clear the ball out safely.
38′ – SUBSTITUTION
Sokratis goes off for Holding. We’ve got both Greek central defenders out with injury and are down with Mustafi and Holding as the only fit centre backs. Let’s hope the injuries are not too serious because the fixtures are piling up.
39′ – LACAZETTE CHANCES
Lacazette should have striked the ball first time but fumbles and has the ball nicked off him. He finds himself, a minute later, at the edge of the penalty box and gets tugged by Gueye. If Lacazette went down, that could have been a penalty.
43′ – RICHARLISON SHOT SAVED
Richarlison’s third strike on goal sees Cech saving well at his near post. That was a scorcher and Cech has been Arsenal’s best player so far.
HALF TIME: ARSENAL 0 – 0 EVERTON
Arsenal have struggled to find their rhythm and create chances. They need to find their fluency and close down the supply line to Richarlison who has had some great chances on goal. Sokratis departed injured for Holding who will need to be alert to snuff out Everton’s attack which have had more chances on goal than Arsenal.
46′ – NO CHANGE AT HALF TIME
A rare move by the coach with no subs on at half-time. Didn’t think I’d be saying this at the start of the season.
46′ – KEANE CHANCE
Keane somehow finds his way into the box and is a recipient of a teasing cross. Fortunately, his header is off target.
48′ – RAMSEY VOLLEY
Ozil’s laser guided corner finds Ramsey lurking outside of the box. His shot is well saved by Pickford.
53′ – EVERTON MOMENTUM
Arsenal need to wrestle possession back from Everton who have started the second half very well.
55′ – ⚽ LACAZETTE GOAL! ARSENAL 1 – 0 EVERTON
Lacazette receives the ball from Ramsey on the inside left channel and lashes the ball to the top corner. An excellent finish which is much needed for Arsenal.
58′ – ⚽ AUBEMEYANG! ARSENAL 2 – 0 EVERTON
Arsenal beat the offside trap with Ozil running down the right. Ozil passes it to Ramsey in the centre of the box but can only back heel the ball to Aubameyang who finishes easily. Replays show that the pass from Ramsey was a yard offside but we don’t really care, do we?
69′ – SUBSTITUTION
Iwobi comes on for Aubameyang. Here’s hoping Iwobi can kick on from his good performance in the Europa League.
71′ – CECH BRILLIANT SAVE
Good header by Keane. Cech does well to push it past the post. We really need this clean sheet.
80′ – SUBSTITUTION
Welbeck comes on for Ramsey. Despite an iffy game, that’s still 2 assists for Ramsey.
84′ – TOSUN CHANCE
Another great save from Cech as Tosun strikes from a distance.
92′ – XHAKA’S SHOT JUST WIDE
Good interplay between the Arsenal forward line results in Welbeck laying off or Xhaka to shoot from distance. His shot goes just wide.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2 – 0 EVERTON
It was a slightly improved performance by Arsenal but 2 quick goals against the run of play by Lacazette and Aubameyang made sure we gained 3 crucial points in the chase for a top 4 position.