Honestly, I don’t even know how I’m supposed to decipher the football that took place on Monday night. Like, that seems impossible.
At one point in our working chat, 90 minute editor Matt O’Connor-Simpson thought, “It’s so horrible that I put Boreham Wood against St Albans.” The boy was right.
It was a horrible football game for about 40 minutes.
The only real topic of discussion being that of Ben Godfrey – hum – agricultural altercation with Takehiro Tomiyasu. The defender grabbed the Japan international in the face with his crampons, leaving a gash in his face.
One way or another, despite the incident reported to the VAR, no further sanctions were imposed.
One of the stories in the game was Richarlison’s reluctance to stay inside. The Brazilian strayed past the last man twice and twice his goals were denied after being analyzed by the video referee.
He first nodded in Andros Townsend’s delivery before shooting from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.
But in the midst of all the madness, Arsenal had actually taken the lead just before half-time.
Kieran Tierney, finally returning to the Gunners’ starting lineup for the first time in months. ran to the left to deliver an impressive cross for Martin Odegaard – his team’s best player last night – to slide into the game opener.
However, as the visitors led, neither team could exercise control over the game and the next goal looked like it could come from anywhere.
With just ten minutes of regulation time remaining, it was Richarlison who made amends for his two denied strikes by scoring the equalizer, nodding over Aaron Ramsdale after Demarai Gray hit the bar.
Fortunately for the neutral viewer, the drama was not yet over. Firstly, substitute Eddie Nketiah missed a header from close range which cost his side the victory as it seemed easier to score …
It was Arsenal’s great luck and one they must have regretted moments later.
Everton, who hadn’t achieved a Premier League win since September, charged forward and it was Gray who turned out to be the game winner.
The former Leicester winger broke down in an unstoppable run past Ramsdale in stoppage time, sending Goodison Park into a frenzy barely 20 minutes after the atmosphere turned toxic.
Just the 0.02 xG for this shot.
From Arsenal’s perspective, there can be no excuse. Everton were in bad shape and were there for the take.
However, apart from Odegaard and Saka, their attacking skills did not manifest and wasted the chances they had, with the late demise of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making Nketiah’s first strike worse.
We will end with this little sniper on Arsenal’s woes.
There is work to be done for Mikel Arteta, but if he has to rely on previous performances, he will have time to put things back in place. Or maybe not.
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