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0 vs 1
Played
March 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 30330‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Everton 0-1 Arsenal

The Gunners winning streak rose to six after Thomas Vermaelen's solitary header early on brought home all three points for the visitors

By Sam Bisby

  • Tim Howard
    7
    3
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Easily beaten by Vermaelen’s early header that the American had no chance in getting a touch to. Made a couple of good saves to deny Arsenal taking a further lead in the game before the break.

  • Tony Hibbert
    4
    3
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    Was forced to deal with Gibbs’ constant attacking down his right-flank, with Drenthe frequently failing to track back, giving the veteran a hard time in quelling the Arsenal attack.

  • Leighton Baines
    4
    3
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Didn’t look to have the usual glut of energy the full back is known for having. However, was one of Everton’s main threats on the break and if his crossing was more efficient, might have troubled the Arsenal defenders more.

  • John Heitinga
    3
    3
    3.00

    John Heitinga

    Didn’t have much trouble from Van Persie, but Arsenal’s constant passing of the ball kept the defender on his toes throughout and had to tackle to his best quality.

  • Sylvain Distin
    1
    5
    2.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Made a cracking block to deny Arsenal taking the lead. Did well to halt its progress as it attacked relentlessly. However, was a culprit in allowing Vermaelen to rise above his fellow defenders and head the Gunners in the lead.

  • Royston Drenthe
    8
    2
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    Had a goal unjustifiably ruled out by the linesman for offside when the Dutchman was about five yards on. Shame, as it was a great finish and was something the Toffees had deserved as they tried to overturn the visitors’ dominance. Kept working hard though and had a couple more chances that should have tested Szczesny before being subbed.

  • Tim Cahill
    5
    2
    3.00

    Tim Cahill

    The Australian left lone-striker Jelavic biting at the bit for some service into the box, but the attacker left him hanging on too many occasions. Not to say the Everton hero didn’t put in a shift, the player was constantly running at the Arsenal defenders, but on many times had nowhere to go.

  • Leon Osman
    5
    2
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    One of the more energetic individuals for the hosts who frequently tried to get Everton on the move through the middle, but a failure to keep hold of the ball, like many, saw his counterparts take possession back too easily.

  • Steven Pienaar
    4
    6
    3.00

    Steven Pienaar

    The South Africa international didn’t move with the fluency of Drenthe on the other side, but had his fair share of the ball and just needed to work a bit harder to make something happen.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    4
    4
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Following on from the draw with Sunderland, the midfielder’s passing let him down on a number of occasions, handing it over to Arsenal who often took full advantage and went on the attack. Started to get into gear in the second half, but just couldn’t do enough to make full use of his skills. Had a great chance to bring the scoreline even with an attempt on the angle, but his shot wondered wide of the goal.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    9
    2
    3.00

    Nikica Jelavic

    Would have loved some more service from Cahill, but still tried to make his own luck as the former Rangers man never gave up the chase, but in the end was outdone by the Arsenal defense time after time.

Substitutions

  • Denis Stracqualursi
    2
    4
    0.00

    Denis Stracqualursi

    Came on late to no avail.

  • Magaye Gueye
    2
    4
    2.50

    Magaye Gueye

    Arrived late in the game to bolster the midfield battle, but couldn't influence the game.

  • Victor Anichebe
    1
    4
    2.50

    Victor Anichebe

    The striker came on to put two up top, but it didn't work in the end.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    32
    2
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Gunners’ shot-stopper was the ‘keeper least in the action, as Everton failed to get the final ball into the danger zone and really test the Pole. Made a good save from an effort from Jelavic, was given little else to do.

  • Bacary Sagna
    34
    1
    3.50

    Bacary Sagna

    A highly efficient display that saw the full back keep the likes of Pienaar and Baines at bay with strong presence on the ball and strong challenges to shake the Everton attackers off possession.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    48
    1
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen Top of the Match

    The Belgian’s defending was made easy by the Everton attackers and the center back first major contribution was to score Arsenal’s opening goal, heading in from Van Persie’s corner with ease.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    32
    0
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Had a fairly easier game than he’s used to and even had the odd run up field to get Arsenal on the counter.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    24
    2
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Constantly rushed his flanks to take advantage of Drenthe meager attempts to track-back and frequently got the ball into the Everton box to give the hosts a headache throughout the match.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    34
    3
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Not the most influential performance from the attacker, although kept the ball moving as Arsenal advanced, his passing left a little to be desired.

  • Mikel Arteta
    27
    0
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Back at Goodison for the first time since August and bossed the midfield with Song, getting the ball back and getting the Arsenal attackers on the go with fluent football through the middle of the park.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    15
    15
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    The young Welshman didn’t help his early confidence after blazing over Van Persie’s simple lay-off onto the penalty spot, the midfielder inexplicably hitting the ball over when getting it on target would have been easier. Recovered to keep the fight in the Everton third, but offered little for Van Persie to work with.

  • Alex Song
    38
    0
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Ruled the midfield battle along with Arteta, passing through the channels and winning the ball back in the middle, sometimes effortlessly.

  • Robin van Persie
    27
    2
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Set up Ramsey for what should have been Arsenal’s opener, with a slick pass onto the penalty spot for the Welshman who somehow managed to hit it over without pressure. However, the striker fashioned the actually opening goal from the corner flag, whipping in the ball for Vermaelen to head past Howard. Did little else but miss great chances for the rest of the game, not we're used to from the man of the moment.

  • Theo Walcott
    13
    19
    2.50

    Theo Walcott Flop of the Match

    Another Arsenal man who didn’t have the best of games after having little to do on the ball and didn’t give Van Persie any service from the wings.

Substitutions

  • Johan Djourou
    13
    5
    0.00

    Johan Djourou

    Arrived late to shore up the defense.

  • Gervinho
    24
    0
    3.00

    Gervinho

    Came on late and kept the attacking line fresh.

Results
 
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