Daily Archives: November 14, 2010
Here are the ratings for the game at goodison park where we had to survive a late scare as Fabianski was brilliant again. I can’t even remember the error against Newcastle. Enjoy
Fabianki – A wonderful performance by our second choice keeper. Was regularly tested by the Everton strike force. Made a spectacular save against Bedford in the 80th minute, Pienarr in the 83rd & Saha in the 87th.
Sagna – a well placed strike by Sagna in the 35th minute to set the game on course. The goal was Sagna’s 2nd in the EPL & it was a goal to be proud of.
Rating – 7.5
Djouru – Strong in the air as he won frequent aerial balls against the Everton attack. Might have been a different scenario if Felliani was in the park.
Rating – 7
Squillaci – was out of place a couple of times as he was often out-muscled by Saha. Would have been a perfect outing if a clean sheet was kept.
Clichy – Always bursting forward during any attack and had the speed to cover up in defense. A fairly good outing for both wing backs.
Song – Always winning balls in the middle of the park. Still needs to perfect his passing technique. Was on hand to stop a saha strike in the 61st minute.
Fabregas – Captain Fantasic wasn’t at his best at distributing the balls but he was at hand for a wonderful strike to give us the two goal lead.
Wilshere- couple of good runs from the English man but was knocked about at times by the physical
Everton midfield. Was replaced half time by Denilson
Nasri – Provided the initial strike which caused the rebound that led to the Sagna goal. A good performance for the French man as he was always willing to take a run at the Everton defense. Arsenal’s best player this season according to the English commentator.
Chamakh – another good evening for our summer signing. Always willing to dish the ball out to the open man instead of taking the shot. Provided the assist for the second goal from Fab. Missed a sitter in the 60min.
Arshavin – another quiet outing for the little Russian. He really needs to do something about his general output to the game. Made way for rosicky in the 65th minute. He did get the assist for the opener
Rating – 6
Rosicky – put in a good shift
Rating – 5
As if there is a game we should be glad to lose…
So, in my usual drunken fashion I shall be at E-bar with a bottle or do I say bottles of vodka and barbeque posted around the pool table area hoping, No! scrap that, praying for a repeat of the scoreline in last season’s corresponding fixture.
It is amazingly unlikely though. Why? Last season’s fixture was the season opener and Everton are notoriously slow starters. Also, we had our full strength team, now, well we do have a number of people still on the treatment table and, well, suspended.
For instance, TV5 is still out and the gaffer is clueless as to when he’ll be back. Our favourite waiter, Almunia has not got any mention of late and has been out for a stretch now. Koscly’s ban is effective from today’s game and RVP is unlikely to start. Diaby’s back though, so is Gibbs and Bendtner who rather ridiculously claims he will leave if he does not start more often. Go ahead then Nikky, and murder your fledgling career! Like you are actually going to get the nod ahead of Chamakh, a better player in my opinion.
Anyhow,everyone seems to be in order so a 4-4-3/4-5-1 is what you’re likely to see. I do hope Theo gets the nod because he WILL give what is a rather slow team, with the exception of Pienaar and Saha a hard time. All in all if we exploit them with our wide men well and our speed, my guess is we will be fine.
Everton like to play a compact game because of the fact that they are rather slow, so if we stretch them with our width and pace, we should cause them all sorts of problems. Hopefully Cesc and Nasri will do what they do best; wreck havoc and Chamakh will pick up from where he left off. Fellaini and Osman will not feature which is good news as far as I’m concerned.
I will stick my neck out and say we’ll have this one, even though I know we could also come out with a draw. Whichever way I must be very light-headed come the end of the game so I guess wouldn’t be too depressed if we do drop points until I’m conscious again.
That being said, from wherever you’re watching, have a ball.