Arsenal came back from a goal down to beat Everton at The Emirates, all three goals coming in the second half. Samir Nasri (48) cancelled out Leon Osman’s (9) first half opener, and Van Persie (70) and Walcott (90) made sure of the points.
Leon Osman opened the scoring in the ninth minute, stretching to slot the ball past Almunia’s near post after a slighlty scuffed cross from Pienaar.
Jolean Lescott had a header cleared off the line while the best from Arsenal in the first half came from Van Persie and Fabregas. The dutchman had a shot saved from a long ball, which Arsenal tried to use in many occasions to get behind the defence, while he blasted over when he should have done better. Fabregas had a shot from outside the box which went wide and his cross-shot ended in a similar fashion.
The second half needed an early goal from Arsenal otherwise it looked like it would become a frustrating afternoon. Walcott came on for the injured skipper Toure and it could have got worse straight away as Yakubu is stopped by Almunia diving to his feet. However Nasri equalised as a corner kick was only cleared to Silvestre at the edge of the box and he touched it to Nasri whose shot went from two Everton players’ legs and beat Howard.
It was welcome relief for the Gunners and they soon dominated, Van Persie shooting well over when it was easier to score. He made up for the miss in the seventieth minute, Adebayor losing an opportunity to shoot passed to Fabregas whose shot was parried to the path of the Dutchman and he calmly headed into the bottom corner. Walcott finished the game off in the last minute of normal time, recieving the ball from Diaby and his angled shot went through the legs of Howard.
Arsene Wenger chose to start Song at right back possibly because of in assurances of Eboue’s defensive skills and the Ivorians better attacking ability allowing the Gunners to play a 4-4-2. Everton hassled and harried Arsenal from the first minute and if anypne deserved the lead it was them. Arsenal were shaky in defense and looked vulnerable to the counter but the goal in the second half looked to ease the Gunners’ nerves and the fact the Toffees had run themselves into the ground.
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Arsenal: Almunia (7), Song Billong (6), Toure (6) (Walcott 8), Silvestre (6), Clichy (7), Eboue (6), Fabregas (7), Denilson (6), Nasri (8)* (Diaby 7), Van Persie (7), Adebayor (6)
Subs not used: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs, Hoyte.
Everton: Howard (6), Hibbert (6) (Vaughan 5), Jagielka (7), Lescott (6), Baines (6), Arteta (5), Osman (7), Rodwell (6), Fellaini (6) (Saha 5), Pienaar (7), Yakubu (6) (Neville 5)
Subs: Nash, Nuno Valente, Gosling, Wallace.
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|11||Shots on Target||2|
|8||Shots off Target||4|