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February 1, 2011
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 60014
A. Arshavin 70'
L. Koscielny 76'
L. Saha 24'
90' + 5'
AND THAT'S IT! ARSENAL HAVE COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT EVERTON! A superb second half performance from the Gunners as Arshavin and Koscielny score the goals to cancel out Saha's opener in the first half and Arsenal keep on the heels of Manchester United at the top of the table. Its finished here Arsenal 2-1 Everton
The Gunners are now wasting precious time and count down the final moments of the game as Walcott keeps the ball in the corner
There will be 5 minutes added at the end of the second hald with Arsenal still leading by 2 goals to 1
It looks like Arsenal are heading to a much needed victory to keep them on the heels of Manchester United and are now trying to play out the final minutes and stop any potential attack from Everton
Leon Osman has a half chance for the Toffees but his shot is comfortably saved by Szczesny who has been a spectator this half.
Although Everton had expected the onslaught from the home side in the second half you would think that manager David Moyes will be disappointed if the score stay the same as they had the better of the first half
Everton manager David Moyes has now gone for broke as they look to get back into the game with Anichebe and Jagielka coming on for Coleman and Neville
Assist Robin van Persie
Goal Laurent Koscielny
GOAL! AND ARSENAL ARE IN FRONT! Although Howard saves well from Van Persie's free-kick, from the resulting corner Koscielny is left unmarked and heads past the Everton keeper and turn the game around for the home side
Yellow Card Leon Osman
Yellow Card Tim Howard
Arsenal are now flying and Bendtner comes close to getting Arsenal in front but Tim Howard saves well
Goal Andrey Arshavin
GOAL FOR ARSENAL AND THEY ARE BACK LEVEL! and its super sub Andrey Arshavin. The Russian gets on the end of a pass from Fabregas and slots the ball home from close range.
Diaby has been added to the list of Arsenal players who have missed chances in this game. The substitute surges through but Coleman makes the midfielder rush his shot and leads to nothing
The home fans have found their voices in the second half and are now trying to urge their team as they know how important getting the result after already losing against the likes of West Brom and Newcastle this season
Everton make their first substitution of the game and Leon Osman is on for Bilyaletdinov
Arsenal make their second substitution and Arshavin is on for Rosicky
Yellow Card Robin van Persie
Lee Mason brandishes the sixth card of what is a very physical contest at the Emirates as Van Persie is booked.
Yellow Card Mikel Amatrian Arteta
Mikel Arteta is finally booked after a challenge on Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas
Everton are going to put in a strong and resilient display in the second period if they are to pick up the win. Arsenal have come out and attacked so far and van Persie as well as Clichy have had good chances to pull level
Arsenal are getting closer! Walcott tries to dribble through the Everton defence but the ball finds van Perse however his shot is straight at keeper Tim Howard
Arsenal are starting to pile on the pressure as Clichy takes a shot from just outside the area but Distin does well to block the ball away for a corner
Van Persie is brought down by his compatriot Heitinga on the edge of the penalty area. However the striker is wasteful with the resulting free-kick as it hits the wall and bounces away.
Arsenal have started the second half on the front foot as Rosicky turns Neville but hits his shot over
Yellow Card Jack Rodwell
And Arsenal get the second half underway and make a change with Diaby coming on for Song
45' + 2'
Boos ring out as the Arsenal players walk off as Everton go into the break leading by one goal to nil. The Toffees have been the better side in the first half and although they lead by a fortunate goal by Louis Saha who seemed to be in an offside position - they have bossed the midfield and stopped the Gunners from playing their normal passing style of football. There is likely to be strong words used in the Arsenal changing room as Arsene Wenger looks to get his team back into the game in the second period
45' + 2'
And thats the half time whistle!
Yellow Card Tomas Rosicky
There is going to be 2 minutes of added on time at the end of the first half
Despite Arsenal pressing further up the pitch, they still look suspect when Everton break with Saha getting the better of Koscielny and Djourou - suing his strength to hold the ball up and link with the midfield
Arsenal are having no luck at the moment! Jack Wilshere plays a good ball to striker Van Persie but the Dutch international tries to lob Tim Howard but get too much on his shot and it goes over
Fabregas is wasteful! The Spaniard has a good chance to level but he hits his shot wide, when he would have scored on so many other occasions
The Gunners are being bullied in midfield at the moment with Belgian midfielder Fellaini and Mikel Arteta getting the better of Fabregas and Wilshere
Gunners come close again! The corner on the right is swung in by Van Persie but neither Djourou or Koscielny can get anything on it.
The Gunners have been rocked by that controversial goal by Saha, after dominating for the last ten minutes or so. Now Wenger will be looking for a reaction from his players as will the fans
Goal Louis Saha
GOAL FOR EVERTON! and in controversial style too. Coleman plays the ball to Saha who is in an offside position, but as the ball comes in, it clips an Arsenal defender and the Frenchman is clean through and half-volleys the ball past Szczesny to give the away side the lead
And straight down the other end, Bilyaledinov almost scores after a good cross from Phil Neville
Gunners are nearly in front! Song drives forward and the ball falls kindly to Walcott but Howard saves well to deny the winger
The home side have now awaken after their slow start and they are taking the game to Everton, trying to stretch the Toffees defence but we still have no breakthrough.
Arsenal are finding their groove now! Van Persie is found down the left and his backheel finds Fabregas but the Spaniard hits his shot wide
Yellow Card Sylvain Distin
Now Everton have their first player in the referee's book and it is central defender Sylvian Distin for a foul on Sagna.
As expected it is a very physical affair with the foul count higher than the shot count at the moment with Everton starting well but yet to test Szczeny.
Its been a bright start by the away side and they have definitely started the quickest here. The Gunners are yet to get their passing game going and have been wasteless in possession so far.
Yellow Card Jack Wilshere
We have out first yellow card of the game and its gone to Arsenal's Jack Wilshere for a rash challenge on Mikel Arteta.
Straight away Everton show their intent as they pass the ball the about with great pace but Leighton Baines can't control the ball and it runs harmlessly out for a goal kick.
And it's Everton with Mikel Arteta and Jack rodwell to kick-off
The big news for Arsenal is that French midfielder Samir Nasri is out injured after picking up a knock in the FA cup tie against Huddersfield at the weekend, while defender Sebastian Squillaci is suspended. For Everton Victor Anichebe is only fit enough for the bench so Saha continues upfront and Phil Jagielka is also namned among the subs
And this is how Everton line-up: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov; Fellaini; Saha Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Beckford, Gueye, Osman, Anichebe,
This is the Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Walcott, Van Persie Subs: Almunia, Diaby, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner
Hi and welcome to Goal.com UK's coverage of Arsenal Vs Everton. It should an evenly contested affair at the Emirates with two experienced mangers at the helm. The Gunners will be looking to close the five point gap that separates them from manchester United while Everton will be eyeing a positive result to climb up the table
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