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Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Satanball Prevails

Premier League: Arsenal suffers second defeat of season after Tarkowski goal  guides Everton to win - Sportstar

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Final Result: Everton 1-0 Arsenal (Tarkowski 60′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White (Tomiyasu 85′), Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey (Jorginho 59′), Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (F. Vieira 77′), Martinelli (Trossard 59′); Nketiah

To be honest, I was somewhat concerned when Everton fired the hapless Frank Lampard and hired Satanball’s finest ambassador, Sean Dyche. In his Burnley days, Dyche had a very good record against Arsenal, and his brand of football, widely known as Satanball, worked wonders against certain opposition, till it took its toll on its personnel, which eventually led to their relegation last season, and Dyche’s dismissal. Since signing Vincent Kompany from Anderlecht, Burnley now plays exciting football and are odds on to return to the Premier League, as the Clarets sit pretty at the top of the EFL Championship with 65 points.

There was also the issue of the most publicized ‘new manager bounce’, so Arsenal had to be at their very best to see out this new look Everton side that had enough time over the FA Cup break to blend to Dyche’s Satanball style. Goodison Park has also not been a happy ground for Mikel Arteta, as the Arsenal boss had suffered three defeats in four outings, so the stars had aligned in the direction Arsenal weren’t hoping for.

The game itself was a mess, with Everton executing Dyche’s Satanball plan, looping the ball in the air with every chance and putting up combative outlays in the middle of the park, with the Ginger-haired Satanball squire fielding Idrissa Gueye, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Amadou Onana in midfield. Thomas Partey didn’t seem to look his best, as it was evident that he was still suffering the effects of his rib injury suffered in the FA Cup defeat to Man City, but in general, the players didn’t show up to the party at all. The usually exciting Martin Odegaard had an off day and failed to connect well with his teammates, and when he had a chance to put the ball at the back of the net from a cut back, he skied the ball hopelessly. Eddie Nketiah fed on scraps and couldn’t really cope with the physicality of the game, as one of Satanball’s strong points is to press opponents hard and bully them as much as possible. However, Nketiah had a good chance when he was fed by Saka on the edge of the box but he blasted his shot to Row Z. 

Which brings me to the goal that eventually settled the tie. Everton had a total of seven corners in the game, and they pretty much all had the same template – float it high in the sky towards the far post, then use the physical presence of the big lads to attack the ball, and hope for the best, I guess. Arsenal struggled to deal with the set pieces and there was an inevitability about the fact that the goal could potentially come from a corner, and it didn’t disappoint as it was a goal made in Burnley with Dwight McNeil lofting the ball for James Tarkowski to score his first league goal for the club. Watching the replay made me feel disgusted, as Odegaard was clearly no match for Tarkowski, and with the big lads like Gabriel and William Saliba marking other goons, the Arsenal captain could have done a better job. 

Not having any player on the posts didn’t help at all, because planting a player in that location would have seen him stop the incoming header, just like how Conor Coady was on hand to stop Bukayo Saka’s goal-bound shot that had gone past Jordon Pickford. Oleksandr Zinchenko was his usual vibrant self and trying to make things happen, but it wasn’t to be, as he clearly forgot his shooting boots at home. There was a wonderful chance Saka created to Zinchenko at the edge of the box from a corner, but the Ukrainian fired wide off the mark. 

Since the defeat against Manchester United in September 2022, Arsenal had gone on a 13-game unbeaten streak, drawing just two games against Southampton and Newcastle, so to see the team lose to a team that was in the trenches was painful to watch, but we have to dust ourselves up and move forward to the next game, which is against Brentford next week Saturday.

Irrespective of what happens in the Spurs vs. Man City game today, the Elephant will still remain on top of the tree. 

Sayonara.

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Arsenal 3-2 Man United: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah expertly stands in for Gabriel Jesus once again with two goals as Arsenal handed huge boost in title race with huge win over Manchester United

Match Report – Match Highlights – Post-Match Press Conference

Final Result: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United (Nketiah 24′, 90′, Saka 53′ | Rashford 17′, Martinez 59′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White (Tomiyasu 46′), Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (Holding 93′), Martinelli (Trossard 82′); Nketiah

Arsenal welcomed Manchester United into the buzzing atmosphere of the Emirates Stadium for what was set to be an absolute showdown between the two giantsWith the pitch in wet and pristine condition, and over 60,350 spectators, the stage was set for what proved to be a pulsating encounter

Both sides came into the match, unbeaten in their last five in the league (4W,1D) apiece. Manchester united arrived at the Emirates without the suspended midfield destroyer, Casemiro, and having triumphed over Arsenal in September at Old Trafford, inflicting the Gunners only defeat in the league this season.

Manchester United also had an in-form Marcus Rashford, that has been in imperious form and the visitors knew they had their own arsenal in their armory. However,  they have lost five of their last seven visits on  the Emirates.

Arsenal still remained without the injured Gabriel Jesus, they had their new signing, Leandro Trossard, on the bench and came into the tie eight points ahead of Manchester United, but the pressure kept mounting as close contenders and defending champions, Manchester City, had earlier dispatched Wolves in the afternoon, courtesy of a magnificent _haa_-trick from Erling Haaland.

Arsenal named an unchanged side from their last league outing, while Manchester United gave Scott McTominay his first start since September, for the Suspended Casemiro. The Gunners burst into life in the first few minutes, like they’ve always shown in previous encounters, but Manchester united were able to weather the storm. The first noteworthy event of the game came early on, as United had a penalty appeal turned down, thanks to some theatrics from Bruno  Fernandez going down under little to no pressure.

With proceedings simmering down, Thomas Partey carelessly lost possession the ball in the middle of the park, United picked it up and Bruno Fernandes rolled it to Rashford, The United man in Red Hot form, Easily skipped past the Ghanaian maverick Partey, and unleashed a low venomous  drive that beat Aaron Ramsdale for his Ninth goal in Nine games.

Ben White picked up a yellow for a late lunge on Rashford. Following that booking, the fullback struggled in the course of the game, and was eventually substituted by Takehiro Tomiyasu at Halftime.

Arsenal stepped up the pressure and almost got back into the Game, as Granit Xhaka teed up Eddie Nketiah, who saw his shot blocked for a corner. The Gunners got the perfect response, six minutes later, after some intricate passing play down the left side, as Martin Odegaard released Xhaka who flashed a delightful cross across the face of goal for Nketiah to head home, as Aaron Wan Bissaka was caught ball-watching. It was the perfect start to a game of such billing.

Both sides went in level at the break. Antony was in the spotlight yet again, as he earned a yellow card for a kick on Oleksandr Zinchenko as the second half started exactly the way the first half had ended, with Arsenal on the ascendancy. Xhaka was almost put through after some delightful Wizardry from Odegaard. That pass was orgasmic, to say the least.

Arsenal kept pilling up the pressure and soon found reward for their hard-earned efforts. Saka, notched up his eighth goal of the season, with a Beautifully struck low shot from 25 yards out, just out of the outstretched hands of the sprawling De Gea.

Ramsdale, in the 55th minute, with so little to do all night was called upon after Rashford managed to squeeze a shot out of nothing, and what an audacious Save it was, with the Arsenal shot stopper getting a strong hand to parry the ball away.

Manchester United got back on level terms in the 59th minute when Ramsdale, under no pressure or whatsoever, somehow managed to make a mess of a decent catch, allowing Lisandro Martinez to get his maiden goal in a United Shirt, by scooping the ball over the defenders and hapless goalie.

Chances kept coming at both ends with Rashford and Saka doing their bit to make things tappen. Arsenal kept possession of the ball with some beautiful football, and with the match approaching the 70th minute, it was delicately poised.

Saka had a shot deflected and still managed to hit the right post with De Gea rooted to the spot.

Arsenal kept pilling the pressure as United just couldn’t get out. Late on, De Gea produced a moment of world class save, as he instinctively got down to deny Nketiah’s low drive in the six-yard box.

With the game drawing to a close, both sides chased a winner. Right at the death, new signing, Leandro Trossard, picked up the ball in the middle of the park and drove right towards the opposition box before releasing Zinchenko down the flank, who cut back to Odegaard who managed to squeeze out a deflected shot which Nketiah directed in, sending the Emirates Stadium into raptures.

Questionable calls for Offside, but after nervy VAR Checks, the goal was given.

Arsenal held on for the win, Which took them 11 Points above Manchester United and maintained their five points above nearest Chasers, Manchester City.

Cometh the hour, Cometh the Nketiah

Sayonara

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North London Remains Red as Gunners Extend Lead at the Top

WATCH: Arsenal's captain fantastic Odegaard fires in 20-yard stunner to  pile misery on Tottenham | Goal.com

Match Report – Match Highlights – Post-Match Press Conference

Final Result: Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal (Lloris OG 14′, Odegaard 36′)

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Tomiyasu 86′); Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (Vieira 93′), Martinelli (Tierney 79′); Nketiah (Smith-Rowe 93′)

Following the amazing result in the Manchester Derby that was marred with the offside controversy, Arsenal knew that a victory over Tottenham would give them an unassailable eight points lead at the top of the table, but they had to do it on a ground that they had not won since 2014. These records tend to play a part in the mentality of the players but head coach, Mikel Arteta, has instilled some belief in the lads and we play each game with some panache, determination, technical astuteness and of course, class.

Despite being on enemy territory, the Gunners stuck to their slick gameplay and ran Tottenham ragged, so it was no surprise when the away team took the lead, thanks to some good attacking impetus from Bukayo Saka and of course, the generosity of Hugo Lloris. Saka, as expected, was a thorn in the flesh of Ryan Sessegnon, who got the nod over Ivan Perisic, and after some good interplay with Ben White, the winger got to the byline and attempted a shot that had a slight deflection off Sessegnon, and was heading straight to Lloris, but for some strange reason, the French goalie gaffed in the most hilarious way to put the Gunners ahead.

He’s a good keeper on his day, but when he wants to make an error, he goes all out.

Arsenal doubled their money with some swift counter attacking play that saw Saka feed Odegaard that drilled the ball home from quite some distance and it beat the Tottenham goalie. That was Odegaard’s eight goal of the campaign, which was also his highest goal tally in his career in a single campaign. The captain has really been leading by example this season, scoring vital goals that help get his team over the line, as the Gunners surge for their first league title since 2004.

However, this victory over Tottenham would also be owed to the heroics of Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal. Early on, Sessegnon made a rare foray into the Arsenal box and cushioned a carefully-threaded ball to Heung-Min Son, who wasted no time in blasting the ball goalwards but Ramsdale was on hand to make a vital stops. There were also the Harry Kane attempts that he dealt with comfortably but the save of the game was undoubtedly the one he made with his left foot when Sessegnon was clean through on goal. 

His awesome performances earned him some stick with the Tottenham fans, and when he gave them a piece of their own medicine, they went bonkers, and lost all modicum of sense, as a fan made his way to the pitch and attacked Rammy before he was hauled off by security. This caused an expected fracas with both sets of players arriving at the scene of the crime, but some order was restored and the most important thing was that Arsenal left the Tottenham Stadium with three vital points in the bag.

Up next is Manchester United in what will prove to be a pulsating encounter but we will have a lot of other Arsenal stuff to cover between now and next week Sunday. 

Sayonara.

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