Van Persie equaliser fails to hide lack of creativity and guile

Robin Van Persie was Arsenal’s saviour once again but it was Arsenal’s lack of creativity more than Everton’s defending than denied more chances.


Everton 1-1 Arsenal

It took 92 minutes for one of the Arsenal midfielders create a chance of quality as Abou Diaby’s delightfully floated ball was equally delightfully chested down by Van Persie, before volleying home.

Once again the Dutchman was key as he tried to make things happen and when he dropped deeper to get the ball and then burst forward, the Gunners looked better. This was typified in a chance where Nasri, for the only time in the match went to his left foot and whipped a great ball as Van Persie stretched for the shot. Interestingly the partnership between he and Adebayor is still yet to click as both are two supremely talented individuals and when they do, it has the makings of a potent partnership. The Togolese striker drifted to make things happen but was on the whole isolated.

It wasn’t Arsenal’s worst performance as credit must also go to Everton who were very organised and tactically strong. David Moyes had Arteta and Phil Neville back at all times as the midfield shield allowing the front four to attack and the full backs to get forward as the secondary threat. Cahill was tireless and when the Toffees defended played as a 4-6-0.

Fellaini and Cahill were the danger in the air and it was the latter who got the goal as he peeled away from the centre of the box to the far post to head home. The Belgian on the other hand looked to use his physique at all times necessary to make it hard to challenge against him in the air. By leaning on the player without using his arms made it hard also for the referee to give a foul.

In the second half Everton were the better side and had a period of twenty minutes where they had most of the ball. Football is about lots of different battles on different parts of the pitch and the Toffees tried not to give Arsenal a sniff of opportunity. When the goal did go in, it allowed Everton more gaps as Arsenal looked for the equaliser.   It is the second time this season where the Gunners have had less possession than a team outside the so called ‘Big Four’ (Aston Villa away the other match).

In Alex Song and Abou Diaby, are two players who can bully the central of midfield but cannot dictate play. The two had the better of the first half but as nothing dangerous was coming from the centre more was required out wide. However as Denilson is not a winger there was a lack of dynamism while Nasri was non-existent in the second half as he spent most of his time too far out wide. Arsenal are still nine games unbeaten and could have done with a win but one must stay optimistic as the players are improving each day.

Arsenal average touch positions
Arsenal average touch position

Arsenal: Almunia (6), Sagna (6), [Eboue 72 (6)], Djourou (6), Gallas (6), Clichy (6), Nasri (6), Denilson (6), Song (6) [Bendtner 72 (5)], Diaby (6), Adebayor (6), Van Persie (8).
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Toure, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs.

Booked: Diaby, Nasri.
Goals: Van Persie 90.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Arteta, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Cahill* (Anichebe 86).
Subs Not Used: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Gosling.

Booked: Arteta, Hibbert.
Goals: Cahill 61.

Att: 37,097
Ref: Andre Marriner

52.3% Possession 47.7%
10 Shots 8
2 Shots on target 2
1 Saves 0
7 Corners 6
11 Fouls 9
6 Offsides 4
2 Yellow cards 2
0 Red cards 0
31 Tackles 23
350 Accurate passes 325
66 Bad passes 69
50.3 Territorial Advantage 49.7

11 thoughts on “Van Persie equaliser fails to hide lack of creativity and guile

  1. decent point under a lot of circumstances.. 1.always a tough fixture now 2.lots of injuries 3.we didnt play well at all.

  2. Good point considering we were shit and Everton are now a tough team to beat.

    But poor point considering we needed to win and used to thump them by a few goals every season.

    Shows how far they have come and how poor we have become.

  3. Reasons 2 look forward & (still) be optamistic: We sign new player/s-beat Hammers, close gap to Chel/Liv or both – then witness sweet revenge over Spurs! Alternatively join Mr Alan Hansen+Adrian Durham’s (doom&gloom) lobby of our impending disintigration

  4. Reply to Stu: we beat them at home & drew away, thats 4 points (2 dropped) to Arsenal – 1 point (5 dropped) to Everton. What a disaster! Oh and we used to lose to lose to Bolton reguarly/ how i miss those days.

  5. Well Wenger continues to put Samir out wide when he’s been superb in the central Cesc role. Why Arsene starts him out there? I wish I knew. RVP continues to fulfill the potential we all knew he had with yet another one for the highlight reel. Adebayor looks uninspired and unmotivated and whoever can pony up 12-14M for him in the summer can have him, we’ll even throw in Eboue for free. We’d still make double what we bought him for and maybe we’ll actually get a striker who looks like they want to score on a weekly basis.

    Everton is a hard to team to break down and kudos to them because Moyes has my utmost respect on putting together a team like them on a very small budget. The sky isn’t falling, but we’re definitely being found out and Wenger has to now feel some pressure as 4th place just slipped from 3 points to 5 points and top spot is looking impossible with Mancs’ form and our points difference at the moment. There’s still alot of football left in the season but I can assure you that Villa and the Mancs are not going to be slowing down anytime soon, so we have to step it up to force them into a mistake where they start dropping points.

  6. We should be focusing on our own game rather than hoping for other teams dropping points.There’s a lot of hard work need to be done.

  7. I can understand how AW praises performances like this?
    This was one of the worst passing games I have seen from Arsenal and 1-1 was a fortunate result!

    Song looks heavy and clumsy all the time, Diaby drifts in and out of games and Denilson has no creativity at all. Considring this was our midfield, i’m not supprised at our current position…

    BTW: did Ade play last night?

    We’re stuffed I think for a CL place next season if this continues..

  8. What divine right has Arsenal to claim Champion League spot if we continue to dish out poor performances? (Cardiff 0-0 and now Everton 1-1)

  9. We have definitely weakened as a team while others have strengthened. Jan 2007 Villa bought Ashley Young for £9.65m. AW said it was too much money for the player, despite his obvious pace and class, his proven experience in the English game and his ability to play right, left or through the middle (and the fact he is a Gooner). This summer Villa bought Curtis Davies, again for around £10m – a young player with a huge reputation. Again AW opted out – too expensive he said. Meanwhile our captain was busy falling out with his team-mates, Kolo caught malaria, and Philip Senderos was loaned to Milan. No defensive signings have been made since Sagna – who covered an already half-decent right back in Eboue. Now we need a ton of good luck if we’re going to finish top four this season.

  10. sorry we did sign one defender, silvestre… you have to hope he contributes more off the field than he does on it

  11. This season competition is one of the tightest be it fighting for the title,champion league spot or relegation. We need reinforcement to mount a strong and sustain challenge. I personally don’t care who we sign so long as the player concern can make our present team better.

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