Report: Arsenal 0-1 Everton (inc. goal)

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Result: Arsenal 0-1 Everton
Competition: Premier League
Date: 23 April 2021
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal: Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Ceballos, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah

Subs: Ryan, Bellerin, Cedric, Gabriel, Elneny, Odegaard, Willian, Nelson, Martinelli


A terrible mistake by Bernd Leno gifted Everton a 1-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates on a night when Gunners supporters gathered in their thousands outside the ground to protest against the Kroenke ownership.

With his teammates dominating proceedings, the German fumbled Richarlison’s shot into his own net with 14 minutes remaining to put another dagger in Mikel Arteta’s hopes of qualifying for Europa via the Premier League.

Pre-game

In the absence of Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah got the nod to start in attack. The England under-21 international had Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe in support meaning Gabriel Martinelli took up a place on the bench. Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos anchored midfield allowing Granit Xhaka to continue his role at left-back. Bernd Leno was restored between the sticks having been rested against Fulham. Martin Odegaard, back from an ankle problem, was a welcome addition to the bench.

First Half

Thanks to a police helicopter buzzing overhead and chants filtering through from the anti-Kroenke protest outside the Emirates, there was a frisson of excitement in the air as the game kicked off. Within minutes, a cacophony of fireworks added to the atmosphere. It turned out to be the most exciting moment of a drab opening 45 minutes.

Both sides looked organised off the ball and tidy on it but a cutting edge was sorely missing. Calvert-Lewin, back from injury, added a physicality to the Everton frontline but Holding, Chambers and Pablo Mari did well to keep him quiet.

Half chances were the best either side could muster before the break. Saka tested Pickford with a low drive, Nketiah tried to cause mischief with a high press and Partey stole balls deep in the Toffees half but without an established goal threat, we did look a bit toothless. Much of Arsenal’s play involved trying to free Nicolas Pepe but Seamus Coleman wasn’t unduly hassled.

At the other end, a couple of Partey fouls, first on Richarlison and then on Rodriguez, set-up free-kicks in dangerous areas for the visitors. Sigurdsson clipped the bar with the first and the second, by Digne, was cleared with ease.

It was tight and tense but, ultimately, it wasn’t hard to see why both sides are currently labouring outside the European positions.

Second Half

Everton sent a warning inside two minutes of the restart as Sigurdsson met a Coleman pullback only for Holding to produce a fine block to stop the net rippling. 

Five minutes later, it looked as though the Gunners had won a penalty. Richarlison stuck out a lazy leg to fell Ceballos and VAR confirmed the contact. Except, in the build-up, the technology somehow still found a reason to deny us the spot-kick. Pepe’s shoulder was adjudged offside by a millimetre and the decision was reversed. 

Arsenal continued to search for the opener. Holgate came close to putting past his own keeper when he deflected a Chambers cross into the side netting. Soon after, Pepe and Saka both played further dangerous crosses into the box but they escaped anyone in red. 

Pepe’s presence continued to be a nuisance to Everton and the Ivorian drew a booking from Holgate who went straight through him. VAR even checked to see if it was worthy of a red. From the replay Chambers bounced a volley just wide after connecting with Saka’s set piece. 

The pressure kept mounting. Ceballos tried his luck from range forcing Pickford to claw away for a corner. Partey followed suit but his effort, as they so often are, was wild and way off target. Clearly frustrated that his side couldn’t make their dominance pay, Arteta prepared Martinelli and Odegaard to come on. Pepe and Nketiah made way.

Everton had barely been in our half for 30 minutes but thanks to a ridiculous mistake by Bernd Leno they took the lead on 76 minutes. A ball over the top allowed Richarlison to chase into space, he skipped past Xhaka and crossed low into the six-yard box. The German was under no pressure whatsoever but somehow allowed the ball to squirm through his legs and into the goal. It was a disastrous piece of keeping. (1-0)

Arteta chucked Willian on as a last throw of the dice but the visitors sapped the tempo out of the game, sat deep, added Yerry Mina’s height to the backline and held firm through four minutes of stoppage time despite Martinelli testing Pickford with a late effort.

We probably didn’t deserve to lose tonight but a seventh home league defeat of the season underlines where we are as a side. Attention now turns to the Europa League. It would be good if we could deny Unai Emery the chance to heap further misery on us.

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Nainsley Aitland Miles

Meh.

Comedian

Meh indeed.
A full week of scoring own goals.

Johnny 4 Hats

I’m so sick of defending Arteta and searching for mythical green shoots.

This is fucking embarrassing. We are such a joke.

Sorry Mikel, you’re on your own now. One too many of these tepid, toothless performances. You need to start winning me over again because my patience just ran out.

Dog shite. Again. Sort it.

Maniac

Yet another garbage performance. We really are a banter club.

Please just play our youngsters for the rest of the Premier League season. There really is no point in using our senior players any more.

Eyob

Sack this amateur and bring back Arsene!

Nainsley Aitland Miles

And David Dein.

Johan Djourou
Reality check

Always think about the Leicester season when that idea crosses your mind. Also think of the signings he wasted all that money on which he saved over the years. His stubbornness, defensive frailties and arrogant idealism. He’s a great guy and one of the reason I started supporting Arsenal but lets not get romantic here, he’s was done

Eyob

I do mate. I always think about that Leicester season where we finished 2nd, his stubbornness and ‘arrogant’ idealism to play beautiful football. I think about them with tearful eyes.

Primislas

Which was the last season Arsenal consistently played “beautiful” football under Wenger? Neither was his team young in his final seasons, nor was he strapped for cash. You could always bank on him continuing his dreadful record against other top clubs though, that’s true.

truj

We got a Super League team

Heavenly Chapecoense

No no no, a championship team.

Bob's Mexican Cousin

Excruciating week for a fan

Qwaliteee

I suppose that was the demonstrators fault, was it mate?

You, who were hoping that no one would turn up.

Well me and the rest of the demonstrators did – but the team, as usual, didn’t.

KROENKE OUT

ARTETA OUT

goongot

imagine supporting this lot if esl was to really go forward. half of the arsenal fans protested against this because the current team would get it’s ass-whopped day in & out.

Owners have no clue about football.
We have edu-vinai-arteta ( non proven in managent).
Our squad is full of over-rated senior players.

I cant see anything but decline. We gona be milked till we are no longer worth it.

Such a Sad week.

I am proud of our fan-base. Love you guys.

Alex

This is the list of “over-rated senior players” who played this evening:
Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Ceballos, Partey, Saka, Pepe, Nketiah.
Sub: Ryan, Bellerin, Cedric, Gabriel, Elneny, Odegaard, Willian, Nelson, Martinelli

A team FULL of over-rated senior players…

Martin

We seem to have plenty of toxic supporters too. 🙈

Lion

True. So correct

Qwaliteee

You probably don’t love me!! 😜

Baichung Bhutia

Almost fell asleep in the first half.

Johnny 4 Hats

I genuinely feel sorry for us lot. We’ve had to go through one of the toughest periods in post war history and we’ve had to do it while getting our hearts broken most weekends.

It’s just so depressing, like watching Aesop’s lion take its last breath’s while all the little woodland critters gather round to laugh.

I know we have a chink of positivity still. But a big part of me just wants this all to be over until August.

Qwaliteee

You’re thinking of Aslan, a C,S. Lewis character. 😉

Mick Malthouse

We are lower than a mongoose, and mongoose eat snakes.

Bob's Mexican Cousin

Mongeese?

Tierney’s Tescopoints

We are the clowns of the premier league. The gift that keeps on giving to the opposition.

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

Mehnerational.

SB Still

Well that was useless

myrtle

Useless, but we are giving offside for arms now are we?
On what planet does that give an advantage for Pepe for the penalty?
It’s not even him who wins it, it’s four passes later.
Absolute, total daylight robbery. These referees are killing the game.

Twatsloch

True but we were still dogshit.

SB Still

Completely agree, next they might look at the tip of the shorts being offside.

However, for Pepe looking across the backline, knowing that they would be drawing the line, he could well have easily remained onside, just like the Everton players did for their goal!

Twatsloch

Spotify – The company that has made a fortune out of making it impossible for new artists to make a living from their work. I’ll rather have Kroenke than that wanker.

Hank Scorpio

No disagreement from me there but if we’re going to set the bar at ethical billionaires with an ounce of moral fibre we might be struggling to find a replacement for KSE.

Twatsloch

I’m not naive enough to believe in anyone with that kind of money who is even remotely ethical but IMO the owner of Spotify is even worse than Kroenke. Kroenke, for all his lack of understanding of football culture, at least hasn’t entered the business side of it with the intention to impoverish everyone within.

The Ek billionaire might not a moral compass but let’s just look at our owner’s track record in the last decade.

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/texas-mans-suicide-note-blames-rams-owner-stan-kroenke/

No comment from Silent Stan or KSE representatives.

https://employmentlawattorneycalifornia.com/luis-escobar-dies-in-construction-accident-at-the-sofi-stadium-development/

A third worker dies onsite during a KSE led project construction but it’s crickets from our man Stan.

https://www.corp-research.org/wal-mart

No acknowledgement of any scandals from the Kroenke family.

https://dailycannon.com/2017/07/fury-as-kroenke-launches-bloodsport-channel/

This scandal he actually did respond to eventually.

Short of kidnapping, paid assassinations and torture of prisoner. What exactly makes Stan Kroenke the more ethical owner?

Twatsloch

Where did I say he was ethical?

And in my opinion the bloke who has contributed greatly towards impoverishing an entire industry is still the bigger cunt out of the two.

Ealing

Wtf

Dusko

The elite ESL founding team…

Twatsloch

Fucking hell!

Jack

Utter shambles. How is it an Ancelotti masterclass though if their team has zero chances but our goalkeeper literally gift wraps them a goal?

HenryKamp

You don’t need masterclass performance to win matches when the opponent is on your side.

Hank Scorpio

This was just like against Fulham. Can we call that a Parker masterclass?

karl

It becomes more and more clear why Arsenal chiefs wanted the ESL!

Reality check

They brought us down to this level and now they want a short cut to go back up..

karl

I’m not even sure they care about what level the team is at. More about what the finances are as an investment. This is what you get when allowing foreign ownership without any understanding of an English club and its history.

evaristus asobara

Lol. This Arsenal team is, as we say in our dialect, “lubbish.”

Naija Gooner

Absolute lubbish my brother

Bleeding gums murphy

Bang average keeper, good shot stopper but ability ends there. Nketia is a league one player at best and Arteta starts him. We are shite.

Chsrles

End of the season the manager has to go. He’s worse than Emery by a distance.

Qwaliteee

I bet old Dracula can’t wait for next Thursday.

”Good Ebening..” 🦇

Reality check

Unfortunately, he’ll always live in Martinez’s shadow and Arteta’s judgement will always be doubted because of this blundering decision..

ArsenalOz

good shot stopper’???!! Clearly not tonight!

Bleeding gums murphy

That can only be classified as a cross not a shot 😂😂

Alex

Yes can we agree letting Martinez go is another black mark on Edu and Arteta’s records now?

Mick Malthouse

Oh yeah a really good shot stopper! Bloody hell mate!

Carlos

His distribution is absolute pants too.
Can’t remember the last time he played a good attacking ball down the field.

Paul Roberts

A good summation in my opinion, thank you murph 🙂

Tomaury Bischfeld

VAR for when the ref sends off one player or instead of the other, or someone punches someone in the face, or the player is a metre offside. Otherwise, it really can’t go on like this. They should get 3 looks at it in real speed. If it still isn’t “obvious” then the refs decision stands. I think it has it’s uses but the people who have come up with the rules and the interpreters are plonkers.

midgunner

VAR needs to get fucked. I can’t stand it. It’s not football.

I don’t even care which way the decisions go; it’s just utter shite and needs to go. Ruining the game.

Tanned arse

It really is that simple isn’t it. Remember when they first starting talking about technology 10 years ago when people were concerned about stoppages? ‘ it’ll only take a few seconds. Won’t interrupt flow. If you can’t see it with a naked eye on a replay then it’s got to be so insignificant that it’s not worth it

Tomaury Bischfeld

Exactly – it shouldn’t be about getting the right decision, it should be about eliminating the truly awful decisions.

Mentalista

I still think it’s about making the right decisions. But there’s a thing called Metrology which governs accuracy in measurements.

You can’t simply compare the lines to the exact pixels when the frame rate is so low that’s impossible to stop at the precise instant of the pass, throwing the error margin to the tens of centimetres.

VAR as used by the PL is an abhorrence of both science and engineering. Not to mention no one celebrates anything anymore.

Jack4343

For sure. It’s like they’ve got the decision sensitivity dial on 1000 and they need to dial it way down. Once they started drawing those stupid lines I knew we were in for a long season.

SB Still

Yes, its a simple as that.

It’s the humans that don’t know to use the technology the way it should be.

Ozzie

Spot on mate, if it needs a ‘slow motion’ replay then it’s not clear and obvious.

eddymc2

My recommendation for VAR offsides would be a time limit and no lines – call the still image with no lines and the naked eye. If it’s obvious, lines aren’t necessary.

potatogooner

It’s really very simple. VAR needs to be there to overturn “clear and obvious errors” only otherwise original decision should stand.

If you’re getting rulers out to measure 1mm offsides then you’ve lost the point of VAR entirely. It should only be there to prevent howlers from occuring.

Colin Bassett

When they put in VAR they silently killed the concept of being “in line”. Before, when they would show a freeze frame of a close decision no one was drawing lines on it. It was essentially built into the rules that the border between being onside and offside was a little fuzzy. For VAR to actually work they need to somehow return to that understanding.

benjmin

Its over ,see you next year

Sank

Lucky Arsenal

Tommy Gunner

We are royally useless, but the VAR also literally drew the line at Pepe’s elbow 🤷‍♂️

Jack

I am literally dumbfounded as to how that was offside!!!

Guns Up

(Yet another) horrible misuse of VAR. But am I alone in thinking it was a cowardly dive by Ceballos?? I’d have been incensed if that penalty was given the other way. As rightly pointed out by Blogs recently, the slightest bit of contact does not equal a foul.

Vonnie

He was kicked on the shin, if one of our players did that we would’ve given away a penalty and probably a red card too. Arry Kane is admired for winning penalties like that one. Don’t listen to the cunts in the Sky Sports studio, that was a stonewall penalty.

Tommy Gunner

Ceballos does at least one embarrassing antic per game. He is the new Eboue of play acting. I can’t wait for him to leave

Sean Juba

It was an embarrassing dive. Even Wrighty said so. And it wasn’t an embarrassing performance. And we are an embarrassing club. With cunts for owners.

Jeremy DG

Does anyone actually give a fuck? And I include the players in that

Bergkamp2wright

Genuinely couldn’t give a c**ty f**k about this or any other result this season! We need to oust the parasite c**ts Running this club otherwise what’s the fucking point.

Gunner0304

9 home games lost? 13 lost overall. New record that is. Surely this would be the time where the board would go ‘sorry arteta you are one of us but it’s time to move on’. But we don’t have that board; just a business franchise who are out of touch with everything about this football club. Sad times for gunners.

Chsrles

I don’t understand the one of us thing. He just ended his career here.

Homer

This is a fair, but unpopular view.

Qwaliteee

Well said. People bang on about him as though he was some sort of legend here. If anything, he was the weak link last contract in an otherwise talented group of midfielders.

Qwaliteee

What we have is a shit owner that backs a shit manager and a shit manager that has just crawled up the shit owner’s arse to protect his job.

Add in a group of talented but ultimately uninspired, ill-managed, lethargic players who have clearly never believed in the manager and his footballing pursuit of a cure for insomnia – and you have a big stinking pile of shit.

KROENKE OUT

ARTETA OUT

Alex

We have become a clown club.

And it’s becoming acceptable.

So many people were against Ancelotti but this is what I expect from an Arsenal manager – more than the sum of our parts.

So so done after this week.

Qwaliteee

This is actually worse than the home game against Watford in early 1986 – the first game after Don Howe had resigned when he found out about Arsenal wanting to replace him with Terry Venables. Anyway, those who were there will remember that after the team had fucked around for half an hour and gone a goal down – the North Bank switched allegiance. Every Watford chance (and there loads of them) were met with encouragement, every Watford miss with Ooooohhs of commiseration. It was a game that Nick Hornby referred to in his book ‘Fever Pitch’ (still a fucking… Read more »

dariusz

I’m volunteering to pack Kroenkies and Arteta’s bags.

Qwaliteee

Join the queue, son.

Gunner08

Stupid, stupid football. Partey although I like him is proving he can’t shoot and how that wasn’t a penalty I don’t know. VAR is supposed to overrule when it’s clear and obvious that was less than a centimeter. And then *sigh* the goal. Xhacka jumps in to early once again proving we need KT. Then Leno making an absolute idiot play, something that Arsenal fans will certainly want to forget. And who does arteta sub in in our moment of need? Willian who replaces the lively chambers. Chambers was making well timed dangerous runs and playing right back has been… Read more »

Qwaliteee

Arteta bringing on Willian is getting to be like something from a fucking Woody Allen film….

Goonersince55

I always think “Arsenal down to 10 men” whenever he comes on.

Gunner08

LOL exactly what I was thinking when he came on

Blob

big news! NASA just found Partey’s ball shots on Mars

Gunner08

Reiss Nelson was also found explaining why he hasn’t been anywhere at Arsenal

Paul Roberts

Gold!

Qwaliteee

Good old Spandau. (Or four Gooners and a Spud, if you prefer)

Tony Hadley – Gooner
John Keeble – Gooner
Gary Kemp – Gooner
Martin Kemp – Gooner
Steve Norman – Dirty Spud.

Mentalista

Puntey

Giroud's scorpion kick

Stan and Josh probably call him like this. Might get him to the Rams.

Qwaliteee

Are they sure it’s not fucking Chris Waddle’s after the 1990 World Cup Semi Final….?

Announce Bendtner

I was really hoping Nketiah would seize this opportunity. Not just his fault we didn’t score today. Lets hope we have a better performance in the next game.

Homer

Eddie is rubbish.

canon fodder

…like your opinion

Homer

That’s great. thanks for the thought there fella.

Nkem

Trust me Nketiah isn’t that bad ,take a look at Willock at Newcastle , few felt he was capable of anything good

goonshow

So – because Joe’s is showing something at Toon, that excuses Eddie’s total non-performance at the Emirates??
Can you not see how flawed that logic is!
Apart from the fact that many felt Joe had potential so your handy generalisation is about as valid as your logic.
Eddie shuffles around, lacks energy, does NOT have the strikers’ sense of making a killer run at the right (as Wrightey pointed out) and just doesn’t seem to ‘want it’ enough.
What on earth does Balogun need to do to get a game?!

Domi

He’s fucking useless. Had his chances, Gabi should’ve started, or Balogub, or both.

Mac

I think he was started to put him on the radars of potential suitors this summer, not that his performance helped that

Davorsuker

MA introduced this nihilistic, coward football to North London. Don’t know if Arsenal ever played in such a saltless, soulless way.
A perfect footprint of current KSE shitshow though.

rhal

That is not true. Arsenal already played like this under Emery. Also sometimes under Wenger’s last year. I don’t like how the performances have been, but it’s really shortsighted to say the “pass it in U-shape and let’s try to get a cross in” football began here with MA. It really testifies not only to the work of the managers, but also to the wrong way the squad has been built for the last years. Imagine how much difference players like Ramsey would have made today; or players that never came, such as Kanté. Instead Xhaka has to play at… Read more »

Lion

Thank you very much.

Jack of All

I mean, the horseshoe of despair that we played for the last three years under Wenger was pretty bad and everything under Emery was atrocious. Without four first team starters it was a bit meh but god Everton were lucky. Next season I honestly think we we’ll do okay

Qwaliteee

Oh ye of far too much faith…

Vaibhav

Did you even watch the game, it was pretty even and performance was decent. Maybe Partey wasn’t 100 percent but attack did good. Don’t think there was a flaw with player attitude. Only problem was the goalkeeper mistake.

Vonnie

You’re absolutely right but it doesn’t suit the agenda. People see what they want to see. Considering we’re without Auba, Laca and Tierney it was always going to be difficult.

Davorsuker

What’s the agenda here?
Please tell me what sort of play Arteta wants to implement game after game. Because I wasn’t able to guess until now…

Davorsuker

Man, I tried and I did.
Pepe was good, Saka was lively as always. But as a team. I don’t know… We are utterly mediocre

The Arsenal

What was the score….Where are we in the table….How have our performances been all season.

Domi

You’re kidding, right? That’s decent for you? I’ll have what you’re on.

Qwaliteee

Kroenke and his LEGOhead Lapdog – the perfect match.

Shout to all the boys and girls at tonight’s demonstration – you made me proud to be a Gooner.

KROENKE OUT

ARTETA OUT

Daz Righ

Yo blogs, many times you’ve said you don’t want to do the whole Leno Vs Martinez thing yet you always like to call the Arsenal management out on mistakes made. So… Call them out. Leno is not good enough, this was obvious last season. You say Auba won us the FA Cup but I say Emi was just as responsible. You think Leno would have made that flying save against Scumpool? see how many points Burnt has cost us this season while Emi is one of the best keepers this season. It was a mistake, so call them out on… Read more »

Sean Juba

Couldn’t agree more…Emi is top class. Leno isn’t.

Davorsuker

Right!
Emi is a real person, with deeply rooting emotions towards Arsenal, whereas Leno is just a soldier…
Big difference, especially in these dark times when our game is so hopelessly lacking identity

Nkem

And younger

Homer

Total BS.

Emi had a run of some good games. Leno was on the back of 2 super solid seasons

This is just revisionist history. Emi having a good season at Villa. On the evidence at the time, he was a gamble, Leno the real thing.
Lena has had a bad 2nd half of the season – like so many others.

Lion

Leno cost us atleast a point tonight. But let’s not forget that he has actually been one of our more consistent players this season. I think Martinez could actually be a better keeper especially given his performance this season. That said I totally understand why Arsenal had to let him go and stick with Leno. I personally want this season to just end. Like right now!!!

Man Manny

I always knew we sold the better keeper.

Gunner Thesaurus

While being frustrated is okay, this is a little too much. How was it obvious last season that Leno was not good enough? Everyone and their dogs had it between Auba and Leno for our player of the year till Martinez showed up and even after. You don’t let go of a player, specially a GK who has a history of a decade kf top flight experience and being at a good level consistently and excellent at times alongside some errors for someone who played 10 gold games for you. That’s a gamble. A gamble that would have likely paid… Read more »

Ray Parlour's Big Toe

Remind me… how many clubs were lining up to pay ‘more money’ for Leno in summer 2020?

Mentalista

We can always find solace in the fact Martinez’s money was used to fund Willians wages.

Daz Righ

It was obvious because was extremely commanding in the box, Emi could catch crosses, unlike Leno, and instantly the defence became more settled and secure, as a fan watching, I became more settled and secure, more confident. I had not felt that for a long time. Some of his saves were absolute world class and I remember knowing from all my time watching Leno, he would not have made those saves, ever, and this season has just highlighted further how average he is. I understand it’s a difficult decision but that’s the job, it was a mistake, another mistake, that’s… Read more »

Thessaloniki

Was anyone else paranoid that we would get some retribution in terms of decisions. Didn’t think it was off. Afraid for Villareal, We’re mediocre enough that any tight calls against us will be catastrophic.

Etowngooner

I’m livid. After this whole week we get fucking VAR piling on. Did I fuck with you God?

Nikolaj

Every single game (in the PrL) we seem to gift the opposition a goal. It is getting farcical at this point.
But even if we look past the goal, it was yet another game were we seem unable to create anything resembling big chances. Our passing is hopelessly slow and almost always either sideways og backwards.

I really hope we play differently in the EL

Goldfingered

We might as well score a couple of own goals at the start of the game so have time to have a comeback. As it is now we are giving them away to late.

Jean Ralphio

Some of our play was good and some bad. We dominated the game and should have won. Toothless at the front and to make it worse the most punchable player in the league scored. I’m happy with our approach play but we need to start putting our chances away. Are we missing Xhaka in midfield? Really want this season to end.

Vonnie

We’re missing Auba and Laca, they would’ve made a huge difference.

Charles

Uh so you guys see our manager is dogshit now, right?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Starting Nketiah instead of Martinelli is criminal.

canon fodder

Martinelli did very little when he came on

Mentalista

The one time someone passed to him he forced a good save from Pickford?

Frederick

Yeah his GK coaching and physio work is terrible

Jack of All

Why? I mean we bossed most of the game without a striker then our keeper threw the ball in for no apparent reason. Second half of the season we have progressed. What on Earth were you expecting after the new he inherited?

Biggles

Another disappointing result. The unforced errors have been around all season and it was the same tonight. Seven home defeats already – who would have thought?

Anyway, we have to concentrate everything on the EL now and just hope for the best.

Qwaliteee

They could have done with you on the Titanic. 😜

HenryKamp

What a way to respond to the fans who are out there protesting. Thanks to all those who could make it to the protest. We should probably add #ArtetaOut

Off to some stats
1st PL away win at Arsenal since January 1996
1st league double against us since 1985-86

Qwaliteee

I was there. 👍🍺🍺

Vaibhav

Yeah maybe sack whole team, staff, players managers everyone and start from zero, I think you mean that. Is it that hard to recognise that we were literally on top when mistake lead to a goal. But we’ll, you have to peddle your agenda coz you don’t like the manager, I get it.

Homer

MA has made a lot of history. Not much of it good.
If he’s sacked noone should be surprised or feel sorry for him.

cornholio

The Owners are terrible, greedy b*stards but the team and the manager need to come under the same degree of scrutiny. I think (probably wrong) but doesn’t MA have a worse win % that UA had? It feels like we’ve gone backwards this season

Giroud's scorpion kick

Emery had the huge luck of having Auba on fire, saving game after game. That % stat does not reflect that luck. THe 20-ish games run was not on Emery but on some players having a great moment. MA is not doing great but comparison is pointless. Emery was giraffeshit.

The Arsenal

Anyone needing to break any type of stat will do so against Arsenal. Heard the first one before K.O knew we would lose after that. The fans outside were obviously so loud the lads couldn’t concentrate on the game.

Gunner Thesaurus

I don’t know what to say. Leno made a blunder and there is no excusing that. I don’t even know why I want to refrain from criticizing him much. It was surely an easy save for a GK at this level. However, did we have 1 shot since conceding? In the last 18 minutes of the match when we were down a goal, I recall us taking 1 shot. Maybe there was another somewhere but I don’t remember it. I am disappointed in Nketiah as well. He obviously has the ability to finish well when he is in the box… Read more »

Baichung Bhutia

We brought on Willian when we needed a goal – dont know what we can expect after that.

Lion

Eddie nketiah has a very limited skill set. Balogun should take his spot in the squad.

Vaibhav

Like your balanced view and I believe board has given review date to Arteta after the season. Sacking him now is senseless because of all things going on, this will be another disruption for players so, let’s back everyone for what’s left.

cornholio

I wish MA was still just the Head Coach, he’s not up to be being the manager. He needed experienced folks to help him, he (and Arsenal) just didn’t get it right

benjmin

It’s over see you next year

Voldermort

A total shit show from top to bottom.

ArsenalOz

Tediously, tediously dull, depressing and boring, only made worse by the crap own goal by Leno. The team showed no flare, grit or danger: apart from the one shot at goal, we looked toothless. Without Laca and Auba the team has shown to be extremely average (and although Laca has improved, Auba has pretty much disappeared off the radar this season). With the exception of Laca, Auba, maybe one or two others, Saka and Martinelli, I can’t see any of the clubs above us rushing out to buy any of the rest of the team. Our play this season and… Read more »

Homer

We’ve average players that MA can get nothing from.
That is the other big problem.

Alex

We’re becoming a clown club. And it’s becoming acceptable. We used to be invincible. Top four forever.

Now we’re just mugs. And less than the sum of our parts.

PTAFC

boring boring Arsenal. Another home defeat, Arteta out

Bergkamp2wright

Short sited nonsense. Unless we oust the shit cunts running the club we are done.

cornholio

MA picks the team and sets us up, Josh or Stan don’t do that. They are awful owners but this (as all the losses are) is on MA and the players

Qwaliteee

Come in LEGOhead, your time is up. 🤣

Bergkamp2wright

No more excuses. Concerted effort to get these parasites out our club.

I genuinely don’t care about the results anymore. Over 30 years of my life supporting this “club”, time to fight is now.

Kroenke OUT!! Fucking PARASITE.

AFC1886

We need a fucking revolution. Kronkes have fucked this once great club

cornholio

I hope Stan leaves too, but to be fair the way this team is playing isn’t the Kroenke’s fault. Like he or Josh likely signed off on paying the buy out clause for Partey and he’s been pretty average since he’s been here, who is to blame for that? The player and the coaches

Twatsloch

If we blow the EL in the next two games then that’s it for Arteta. I don’t see how he’ll survive that.

MattB

18 goals in 17 home games.

First away win for Everton since 1996

Record breaking season this!

Sean Juba

The worrying thing isn’t that I watched that game with the same level of emotional investment that I would fin is was Burnley against West Brom. What a shit show. A complete malaise. Top 12 in Europe? Barely top 12 in the PL. Eddie not up to it. Partey careless. Pepe put in a shift but nobody there for him to play off. The problem I saw we react to this kind of situation by singing ‘spend some fucking money’. After saying all week that money is the problem in modern football, which it is. Give me Arsene, 4th place… Read more »

Sean Juba

The worrying thing is…..

cornholio

I really don’t understand how they (the players) are so careless or just don’t seem up for it, like they agreed bonuses if they made Europe, it just makes me wonder just what the issue is. No more bad apples (e.g. Ozil) to blame anymore, we just look devoid of a plan, like why the f**k do we as a team cross the ball so much when we have no players good in the air?

Sean Juba

Completely agree although I don’t think Ozil was a bad apple. At least he was capable of the spectacular – the problem I saw he was surrounded by the distinctly ordinary. There is just no direction or depth. This time last week we were buzzing after tonking those racist bastards. But we are incapable of putting together performances like that – to be a top side this should be the norm and not the exception. I don’t blame Arteta – yet. But it feels like he’s on borrowed time. Even if we win the EL can you imagine the aggregate… Read more »

Qwaliteee

Top post. 👍🍺

Up North

Mikel, for the record you handed Everton their first win at the Emirates ever. I really like you as a person, top class integrity and attitude, but I’ve to say this task is too big for you at this stage in your career. I can’t see that we have an organized style of play, the closest I see are a myriad of slow side- and backpasses.The goals shall come from coincidence or a flash of brilliance from single players. Your team choice is too often questionable and the game coaching below par I admit that it doesn’t help with a… Read more »

Goonersince55

He’s using Owen Farrell as a model when it comes to shooting.

Domi

We’re such an embarrassment, probably the worst run club in terms of potential in the league. Having to watch our GK run in panic to their box in the last minutes, two successive games in a row, at home, made me laugh so hard at how hopeless and ridiculous we are. Can’t see us going past villareal, just can’t. We don’t deserve it. They will be pumped and will play for the pride they have, and passion, they showed it against Dinamo Zagreb and were much better than the spuds who were kicked out by the same Dinamo. I don’t… Read more »

Vonnie

Leno thinks he can do a Ryan, and then stays up there and leaves an open goal, he’s an idiot.

Homer

Another abysmal performance that cannot be blamed on the Kroenkes. They didn’t train and pick the team. (Willian again? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?) He played XHaka at LB, again!, after that shitshow against Fulham. WTF was the point of getting Cedric…and why are we paying him? Jaysus christ. These players continually let MA down and yet he keeps picking them – that’s on him. These players don’t give a shit about the club, no pride, no tradition, no hustle, no intenisty, no movement (save est and saka (and saka was poor again tonight)) – thats on the players. Clubs in… Read more »

cornholio

Totally agree, really wish MA was just the Head Coach, its too much for him to be manager. Can’t blame the Kroenkes for giving him a shot at the role, but this team just doesn’t seem to be showing progress of any sorts. We are all over the place performance wise.

I do think he may go in the summer if we (as is likely) lose to Emery in the EL.

StuArse

I thought I would be more angry than I am. A single error or a single dodgy VAR decision on their own is tolerable, they just seem to stack up against us. Do we just always seem to let it happen?

Also we brought on Willian, who can’t beat a player, against a packed defence……. Put the one player that could beat a defender at right back……….

We have no plan B lump it forward into the box. Makes me hanker after HFB.

cornholio

I really wish we had HFB, he would fit MA’s game plan big time

Man Manny

Why would ESL ruin football when VAR is already doing that.
That’s two games in a row now.
Somebody has to stop this madness!

Karma

I dedicate this season 100 % on Kroenkes bad karma because he is an awful person. In an alternate universe, were he is somehow a good guy, that var-offside would’ve been allowed and that run from Richarlison would’ve been disallowed.

I also blame Arteta for tactics and etc. but that is pointless now or what…

Francis

🤣🤣We definitely need some humour here, but am really pissed.

Domi

I laughed so hard seeing willian ready to go in. This is some conedy gold 🙂

Qwaliteee

The seven stages of being a Gooner 2020/21

Bewilderment, Irritation, anger, apoplectic, numbness, indifference. hilarity.

I was already sufficiently at stage three last August…

jon

The team put in a whole hearted effort. They had Everton on their back heals several times, but the end product was missing (not the least because of good defending). Maybe Martinelli should have started ahead of Nketieh. Maybe Ødegaard should have come on earlier. Not an awful performance from Arsenal, but a bitter result.

Jack4343

We are pretty terrible but Arteta has cost us at least 10 points this year with his bad squad selections and substitutions. For me, he gets until next January to show huge improvements. We are at 30 year lows in many categories. Also, we made an error selling Martinez. Leno is a good keeper that makes great saves but is second best to Emi in quickly getting rid of the ball, long ball distribution and commanding his area. We are going to regret that sale for years to come.

Jack4343

One more thing….fuck VAR 1000000 percent. It is being horribly misused in the Premier League. Either get rid of it or get rid of the idiots running it.

The Goon

He needs to go at the end of the season. We won’t get past Villarreal.

Qwaliteee

Bad squad selections?

But you told me In August that Willian was a better No.10 than Mesut Ozil and that Arteta knew exactly what he was doing.
🤣

Jack4343

Willian is better than Ozil….we aren’t comparing peak versions of either of them. Both are different degrees of awful in their current form. Man you take every opportunity to beat the club with the Ozil stick but in reality, the club were correct in seeing him off. The mistake they made was giving him a new deal.

Qwaliteee

Yeah, yeah.

Of course they were…..

All those games this season prior to ESR’s inclusion at Christmas that we were crying out for a decent No.10…..our worst start for 40 years ……flirting with relegation…..THAT’S the reality of the situation.

And not a single one of you that hate him can blame him for anything this season – because he didn’t play a second of it.

And I bet he’s laughing his bollocks off now – I know I would be.

The Arsenal

How no one at Arsenal identified our upturn in form, defensive stability and Fa cup win at the end of last season had a lot to do with Emi. I know Leno was injured but ruthlessness like being replaced like that breeds competition. Its that type of ruthlessness in the footballing areas that have been lost while behind the scenes just spins out of control and lurches from one extreme to another.

Jack4343

Sadly all true. Aubameyang hitting top form got us the FA Cup but Emi saved our bacon many times and perhaps more importantly sparked alot of attacks with his fast, accurate and decisive ball distribution. It’s like playing with an extra attacker. Ederson at City is a perfect example of this.