Arsenal 4 – 1 Everton. FA Cup Train Keeps A-rollin’

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Is that a trophy I see on the horizon?

Is that a trophy I see on the horizon?

Bonjourno people @aldo_doel here, late and worse for wear but with a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly after a comprehensive win yesterday and a place in the FA cup semi final booked courtesy of Arsene Wenger and his band of travelling wilberrys.

Mind you reading back my tweets at half time, it didn’t feel that comprehensive. And that’s not just because of my predilection for despair. Despite dominating for most of the first half we found ourselves level pegging at half time. While the Toffee’s goal felt like a sucker punch, we had failed to take our chances, especially from our 9718 corners… woahhhhh there. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me try and maintain some semblance of chronological structure to this brain fart otherwise we’ll all be lost.

So the sun was blazing at the Ems yesterday, really gorgeous weather, as opposed to the cold bucket of piss that God has been throwing on us for the last few weeks (if you don’t live in the UK you might not know it but there’s been a bit of flooding here). The warm weather, coupled with the FA cup feely thing made for a great atmosphere, lots of standing, lots of singing. One chap even tried to run onto the pitch after getting reprimanded by the stewards for standing on his chair. Unfortunately he was too slow and failed to even get over the barrier before being collared #massivepitchinvasionfail

Arsene went for perhaps his strongest line up with the exception of Sanogo up front and Vermillllllion filling in for the injured Koscielny. After the shit sandwich that was Stoke away we really needed to see a reaction from the team and, thankfully, we did.

Everyone looked fired up and, playing against a very good Everton team, the game was played at a high tempo. We definitely had the making of them in the first half, creating chance after chance and winning corner after cursed corner. Our opening came early on. After some good pressing a slip from an Everton player left space for Santi to move into. His perfectly weighted pass found Mesut who didn’t have to break stride and passed the ball into the net like he literally could not give a fuck. A lovely goal which showed how ruthless football is at the highest level: one mistake and BAM.

After that we continued to press Everton well. Gibbs and Sagna were being given lots of space down the flanks. Unfortunately Bac’s crossing was a bit meh. And while Gibbs was linking up with Ozil well, it was the Ox and Cazorla who were really the stand out players. Chamberlain looking like he had smoked some Heisenberg-grade PCP and, along with Ross Barkeley, had his settings on cheat mode. Seriously both those guys were immense yesterday, playing at twice the speed of the rest of the players on the pitch and seeming to be everywhere at once.

Nevertheless, despite the dominance we did look vulnerable to Everton’s pace on the counter and it was a decisive break from Barkeley that led to the equaliser. He must have run the whole length of the pitch, tracked by Ozil and Flamini the whole way but for some reason neither willing to put in a tackle or block the cross (yes I know Flam was on a yellow but still). Sagna saw Mirallas’s run too late and just couldn’t catch him as he burst into the box and got on the end of Barkeley’s cross. The ball fell to Lukaku who had a tap in. Looking back at it, I don’t think Flamini or Sagna were at fault but perhaps Per, who let Lukaku go when he should have tracked him.

Despite the scoreline the second half felt like a much more even match, with Everton enjoying lots of possession. I commented at half time that I thought Arsene needed to sling Sanogo for Oli G (God its tough being right so often). While the young postman is a good understudy and a very good talent considering his age and experience, he wasn’t quite doing it in terms of link-up play, probably because he was marshalled excellently by Distin (who is so so quality). But without that focal point the team found its play broke down too many times.

Also bravo to the manager for making the substitution a whole 10 minutes before the FIFA mandated 70 min mark. In all seriousness, people are crowing about the fact that Arsene made an early substitution as evidence of his tactical flexibility. Well yes it is evidence on this occasion, but what about all the other times when the game was crying out for a change but AW refused to budge? (Man Utd at home springs to mind).

Anyway the change did prove decisive, with the addition of Giroud giving the team’s play more fluidity. The Ox was at the heart of things again as he linked up well with Mesut and burst into the box like Usain Bolt. Luckily he was up against the only dislikeable Everton player, Gaz Baz, who while effective, looks like he should be playing for a pub team. Anyway the lumbering ghost-faced, foulathon was too slow for the Ox and brought him down with a little kick.

Thankfully Arteta was back on penalty taking duties and dispatched the pen with ease. Unfortunately it had to be retaken because Olivier bolted too soon (sorry). Was the ref right to call it back? Probably, but its still frustrating. As for Oli well yes it’s idiotic but to be fair the mistake came from his over-enthusiasm which is much nicer to see than Gallas sitting sulkily on his arse on the halfway line. Luckily Miki kept his head and went the other way, burying the ball in the top corner.

After that Everton tired and left themselves exposed as they pushed up trying to find an equaliser. This is when Wengerball comes into its own and with the addition of Rosicky in place of the Ox we were able to dismantle them fairly easily.

The third came after nice link up play between TR and Bac who found himself on the by-line with yonks to pick out a pass to Oli. The big man’s movement was very good to make the space and he did really well to steer the cross into the net.

The cherry on top was Oli’s second. Cazorla, still buzzing like a little bee in the 87th minute dispossessed an Everton player, broke forward and released Rosicky who played a gorgeous through ball to Mesut who played an even gorgeouser – and I mean Adriana Lima gorgeous – no look pass to Oli who passed it into an open goal. A great way to round off a great day, as they say… hey hey.

Concluding thoughts…

Mesut Ozil
Crisis, what crisis? Our very own raumdeuter (look it up) was scintillating yesterday, scoring, assisting, pre-assisting, looking like he doesn’t care while all the while making the whole team better. That no-look pass for Oli’s second is what £42m buys you, clinical and perfectly weighted.

My only regret is that we do not have an Ozil song yet, or at least I haven’t heard one. I think “Ozil Wonderland” was tried but really we need one soon as I need an outlet to express my inappropriate love for him.

Sagna
Played very well yesterday, does anyone know what’s happening with the contract? Most of the smoke around this story seems to be that he’s off but then his fit wife makes all kind of pro-Arsenal comments which confuse me.

Also what’s the Sagna song? I thought of “Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Bacary Sagna” to the tune of Free Nelson Mandela. Any takers?

The Ox and Barkley
Well England’s future looks secure based on the performance of these two yesterday (At least until successive Engerland managers coach any skill and technique out of their game). Both have bags of explosive power and pace and completely dominated the game for their respective teams. Wouldn’t you love Barkley in an Arsenal shirt; a real box-to-box midfielder with goals in him as well. Also a general note on Everton, it is very difficult not to like them. They are a classy club with good players and a great manager. I would be more than happy for them to finish second in everything behind us.

Gay Gooners Banner
I’ve been meaning to comment on this for a while, especially after hearing a few comments about the banner some which are, quite frankly, embarrassing. I mean seriously are we living in the 1950s?

We should be fighting to stamp out any prejudice towards our gay brothers and sisters in the stadium, in the same way people fought and are still fighting to stamp out prejudice against black and other players from ethnic minorities. It’s all part of the same struggle. If you were disgusted seeing Ballotelli crying because he was having bananas thrown at him, you should feel equally bad about someone feeling they can’t support their football team because of their sexual orientation.

I think the banner is fantastic. My only problem with it is its too small. Paint the whole stadium in the rainbow flag or sign up “attitude” magazine as a kit sponsor. That way being “gay” and liking/playing football will no longer be a “thing” to be mocked or scorned.

The manager
Played a blinder yesterday. Team selection was right, substitutions were right and the team were fired up from the start. We took apart a very good Everton team. Can we recover in the league and go on to win the FA cup? Christ I hope so, but having slightly rested Giroud and Ozil. With Ox and Cazorla finding form and with Ramsey coming back you’ve got to fancy us for something this year don’t you? Please say you do?

Onwards and Upwards
So Arsenal have booked themselves a day out at Wembley (albeit a semi, but they’re alright aren’t they?? (more innuendo, sorry)). The draw is today at 4pm. Still in it are: Hull City or Sunderland; Sheffield United or Charlton Athletic; Manchester City or Wigan Athletic.

Pray to the footballing gods for Wigan to turn over City then you’d have to fancy our chances as the rest of those teams are fairly average. Having said that, given our luck in cup draws this year we are almost guaranteed to draw City away (Well done to bergkamplegend for spotting this deliberate mistake. Of course it won’t be City away as we will be playing at Wembley, as I have mentioned about 8 times already in this post). If we do then I say bring it on, we’ve already beaten Liverpool, Spuds and Everton, we’ve got a good thing going here.

Right that’s me done. Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine! Follow me on twitter @aldo_doel

569 Responses to “Arsenal 4 – 1 Everton. FA Cup Train Keeps A-rollin’”

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  1. Keyser

    1. Liverpool didn’t press on account of fatigue
    2. Few on here even think Spurs are a good side
    3. Everton are a decent side, no more, no less

    Fatigue for Liverpool ? They don’t have Europe at all, neither do Everton, how can you mention fatigue at all ?

  2. MidwestGun

    Tunny –
    If your looking for the Ozil point, watch in slow motion, its about 30 yds out before he even gets the ball. He can see the play developing and gives a quick point to Giroud to peel left a little. Than he gets the ball and reverse passes right where he predicted. So its not so much the pass skill but ridiculous vision.

  3. Bamford13

    Keyser

    “This is what you wrote, how do you signal it as both as insignificant and era defining, you seem to struggle with contradictions surely there’s a middle ground?”

    Talk about struggling with logic.

    It can be both without contradiction because beating Wigan and/or Hull City means very little — we are expected to beat such sides — whereas losing to one or the other means a great deal — because, again, we are expected to beat such sides, especially in a big match.

    Please tell me you can understand this.

    As for whether there is a “middle ground,” there is if we win, but there isn’t if we lose. Anyone who is still defending Wenger (or finding a middle ground) after a loss to Wigan or Hull is hopeless.

  4. Bamford13

    Keyser

    Liverpool had played twice in the previous seven days, so they couldn’t possibly have pressed the way they did the first time around, when they trounced us. This is why we fared so much better.

    As for Everton, I never said anything about fatigue. I simply pointed out that they’re no more than a decent side.

  5. gazzap

    If we can beat spuds we will be 9 points in front of them with a game in hand. That would pretty much guarantee us fourth spot.
    In theory we should win the cup too. 4th and FA cup isn’t too bad. Get theo back and buy a couple of top players and next season we can really properly challenge the big boys of Europe.

  6. MidwestGun

    Marble –
    Was that a compliment? Lol.

    Just one rerun. I watch all the goals over again in slow mo. Of all our games. Im a fan I enjoy watching us score.

  7. Marc

    Can’t believe there are so called fan’s hoping we don’t win the cup so they can have a pop at Wenger.

    What on earth is wrong with some people who come on here?

  8. Keyser

    Bamford13 – Because it’s a series of one-off knockout games, against a league season of 38 games and us playing in the Champions League which is obviously a higher level, both of these latter two competitions will be pretty important for us during the course of a year, expectation is one thing, but the whole point is that in one-off games expectation can be tempered against the unpredictability of it all.

    Otherwise we’d be facing Citeh and you wouldn’t get teams like Wigan making semi-finals, not to mention we’ve had to knock Tottenham, Everton, and Liverpool out for ourselves.

    Lol fatigue, so you think it’s logical to take the stance that Liverpool played 2 games in 7 days ? whereas we’ve played about 9 games more than them over a season in the Champions League, so maybe they had the advantage to begin with as did Everton.

    Tottenham might not have the Champions League, but they are still in Europe.

    There’s a middle ground regardless, the FA Cup is a trophy, if say we won it and finished 5th we’d probably suffer more as a result.

  9. Marc

    If losing to a team your expected to beat is a sackable offence should Man City fans be calling for the head of Pellegrini?

    If that’s the case the only manager who would still be in a job is the guy managing the worst team in the country (whoever they are). Roger’s and Moyes would both be long gone and even Mourinho would be signing on.

  10. follow the money

    If we choke against inferior opposition once again Wenger’s reputation as a specialist in failure will be written in stone. There will be no way to get rid of it until we get rid of him. Let’s hope he can finally turn it around. I always want Arsenal to win but Wenger and his transfer market clown act and refusal to sign enough good players has left him with a lot to answer for with all the Feb/March collapses and cup final defeats

  11. Hitman49

    Calm down ! Everybody we haven’t won a thing yet !

    Yes Wigan in the semi ! The way we do things ..not easy

    And if we squeak that a final…and who knows ?

    But I’m not confidant in the management at our club on do many levels I can see a disaster just waiting to happen for us !
    You know it always does ! We are the papers favourites to win it !
    Be careful…….

    We have a specialist on the job ! And we know what in !

  12. karim

    Midwest

    You’re drunk again

    Follow the money

    Agree about the transfer window though
    As someone mentionned earlier, we could be running for glory at the moment

  13. MarbleHall

    Wigan have nullified the argument of the AKB’s who have in the past and present blamed financial heavyweight teams like Man City and Chelsea for the reason Arsenal are not competing for honours.

  14. karim

    So that s

    Italy : Juventus
    Germany : Bayern
    France : PSG
    Spain : Réal (60/40) Or Atletico
    England : Chelsea (40) City (30) Liverpool / Arsenal (15)

    Most entertaining league yet again..

    Callejon ! Napoli 1 up

  15. WengerEagle

    Guns

    Would love Hamsik but doubt Napoli would entertain offers for him. He’d cost upwards of £35 million I reckon if for some reason they sold him. He’s the best CAM in Italy by a mile IMO.

    He’s got the athleticism to play anywhere across the front 3 in addition to CAM

  16. karim

    Same story

    What was I thinking ? Seems like I unconsciously wrote them off after their loss yesterday
    Sorry, of course they re still in it

  17. WengerEagle

    Hamsik on the left of a front 3 would work wonders for us but it’ll never happen. If he left Napoli I’d expect PSG to be at the front of the queue of clubs interested as they don’t really have a top notch CAM but they’ve got cash to burn. They could recreate that attacking phenomenal trio of Lavezzi-Cavani-Hamsik as well

  18. reality check

    (Truth)

    RVP and Vermaelen have the same agent.

    (Rumours)

    Vermaelen to Utd!!???

    This story could have legs, question is..
    Do we care?

  19. tunnygriffboy

    Midwest/Karim

    Where does this Ray Hudson guy commentate ? Will have to try to catch him at some point lol !

    Karim did you make a nifty little call to Wrighty this eve ?

  20. Al

    Have watched Hamsik since his 2007. .always had so much potential however he really has reached his ceiling and this is evident over the past few season. Might be down to him needing a change of environment but imo he seriously lacks the quality to reach the upper echelons of world class players.

    Number of players better and his price is an absolute rip off

  21. MidwestGun

    Tunny-
    He is on Bein sports here in the States. Not sure about elsewhere. But you can catch some classic U tube stuff.
    Guy is gonna have a heart attack someday. But his Similes are hilarious.

  22. BacaryisGod

    In the excitement about the benefits for Arsenal, it’s easy to overlook what a remarkable achievement it was from Wigan. I actually think it’s the biggest F.A Cup upset of all-time. Here’s why:

    1. Man City have routinely demolished top Premier League teams at the Etihad.
    2. The element of surprise was not really a factor as Wigan turned over City in the final last season.
    3. City had most of their big guns playing and were still able to bring on Silva and Dzeko to change the game.
    4. Wigan were missing key players from last season’s Cup victory.
    5. Man City were rested with no midweek game.
    6. Wigan hadn’t scored in their last seven games at the Etihad.

  23. Ben

    Amazing result from Wigan – well done that team.

    I don’t know about you boys but after the huge disappointments over the last few years – I am well up for one (hopefully two!) days out ay wembley! Maybe at long, long last it is our day in the sun?

    And at the same time – despite how many times I have ridiculed his ridiculous decisions over the last 8 years, Wenger also deserves this bit of luck. I would be happy for him, as well as all my fellow Gooners, if we do the job this year. But if he fucks it up again then well, it’s not worth thinking about!

  24. Zeus

    Ray Hudson mainly does goltv last time I checked. Mainly Spanish and German games.

    He is an………acquired taste shall I say, buy I’d much rather hear him than those Americans speak football, weird metaphors and all.

    As for this “specialist in failure” comments you guys all of a sudden love to spout, just suck of Mourinho on your own time please. Whatever you think of Arsene, the fact that you would even give that cunt the time of am day by repeating his words is quite disturbing.

  25. Jeff

    What an absolute shocker Man City losing to Wigan. There is no excuse now, the FA cup has to be ours. Never in a million years did I expect City playing at home to lose to Wigan.

  26. hackneylad

    For FUCK SAKES! Can we stop making the FA Cup about Wenger!

    Its about the Club and the fans!

    I fucking hope we win it outrageous that people want us to lose just so as to get rid of Wenger.

    Fucking support your team.

  27. tunnygriffboy

    Thomas

    Your erudition really brings this blog out of the mire and into something more cerebral entirely

    Hackney

    Great shout about the cup being about the club and the fans

  28. Moray

    Fucking great! The path to the FA cup is opening up for us.

    If we can keep some composure we could at least break our duck. Worry about Kozzer in the final, though. Let’s also hope Wenger doesn’t do a Birmingham…

  29. hackneylad

    We all know the FA is no way on level with a league title but I think for allot of fans once we win it we will realise how much it actually means to us to win a physical trophy again!

    Its something that can really benefit the team as a sportsman you can’t gain any real confidence (as in the confidence of champions) till you win your first trophy, tournament whether that be in football, tennis or athletics.

    It’s important to remember that before Wenger won trophies there were already trophy winners who would won their trophies with Arsenal in the team.

    A team needs that solid base.

  30. hackneylad

    If you think about it Ozil is already the best CAM in the PL!

    Juan Mata been benched all season so can’t count

    Silva been inconsistent as has Ozil but Ozil has still done more.

    Willian (Jose seems to be playing him over Oscar) Very GOOD tidy player actually think his underrated but his not had the assists to level OZil.

    Oscar been ok.

    Ozil hasn’t even played anywhere near his limit and his been the best granted his rivals haven’t been in good form either

  31. salparadisenyc

    Fucking hell just seeing the city result! Have to say I was excited at the prospect of playing them at wembley in a masochistic sort of manner. We bottled the league cup vs a very average Birmingham, any things possible! Surely Wenger signed extension on the heels of seeing Wigan in the semi.

  32. MidwestGun

    Sal,
    Surely Wenger signed extension on the heels of seeing Wigan in the semi.
    ———————–
    Shhhhhh don’t jinx it. Lol. Rumor has it he won’t sign unless he gets to retain total transfer control. As I don’t want to see another Wenger transfer window. Fingers crossed. And despite what Keyser says the pressure will be ratched up further now. FA cup or bust.

  33. MidwestGun

    WE –
    Ya I agree with that list. Probably another cb if Verm leaves, and another keeper if Fabi leaves. So like Pedro said about 7. That’s a lot of business in a World Cup year.

  34. WengerEagle

    Yeah that sounds about right. What would be your list of 7 that would be within the realms of possibility financially and might be looking to leave their clubs?

  35. MidwestGun

    WE –
    See that’s the problem. I admit I dont know enough about availability of some of those positions. Havent really looked at it close enough. Striker could eat the whole budget, would love Costa but gonnna cost. So Morata and Remy. Maybe? Gonna have to do a little research. Get back to you. Lol.

  36. MidwestGun

    Same story –
    Im not necessarily stuck on Sagna, love his versatility tho. And how many positions do I realistically see Wenger filling? 3 maybe. I hope he resigns after a cup win. And kwik talks to his wife. Lol.

  37. MidwestGun

    WE –
    Ok well heres what I got so far.
    Costa 35m
    Griezmann 25m
    Lars Bender 22m
    Pisczek. 15m
    Thats about 100m. How many more do I need? L ol. Back up keeper and Cb

  38. WengerEagle

    Midwest

    Very nice list there, for back up GK what about Julio Cesar? Proven winner, old enough to know he won’t be starting for a top team at this stage in his career and still is quite a good keeper.

    For CB I’d love if we got the young German Matthias Ginter, a superb talent.

  39. WengerEagle

    Sagna actually deserves a testimonial unlike those 2 bloodsuckers, he should be granted the 3 year contract extension IMO.

    That being said we still need a RB as he ain’t getting any younger at 31 and Jenkinson’s pretty damn average

  40. MidwestGun

    WE
    Mathias Ginter about £ 10 mill.
    Julio Cesar about. £2.5. Mill.
    Grand total about. £110 Mill with previous list. I would go into some kind of shock if that happened. Lol.

  41. gnarleygeorge9

    Couldn’t believe my eyes 😯 when I saw that man city are out of the F A Cup. Blimey, if The Arsenal powers that be are thorough in their preparation for the semi & hopefully Final the trophy drought can be broken.

    Make no mistake about it, Arsene Wenger owes The Arsenal fans the F A Cup, end of!!!!!

    In saying that, the last 48 hours of the Cup run has put a spring in my step thats for sure 🙂 UP THE ARSE!!!!!!!

  42. gnarleygeorge9

    Oz back as the world cricket powerhouse, Oz golfer about to got number one in rankings (wheres Geoff 🙂 ) Richmond’s season opener on my birthday/Ides of March & The Arse within touching distance of the F A Cup.

    Footnote: The long term injury to Wilshire could be a blessing in disguise for The Arsenal, coz now Ozil can express himself again. Judging from the delight on Mesuts face during the rout of the Toffees he really wants this one 😀

  43. MidwestGun

    Zeus –
    I like Barkley. Be a bit of a luxury tho. Market value about 11 mill. Contract thru 2016. So probably cost more to get him 15+ with a lot of holes to fill. But it is only money, so I say spend it. Lol. Probably what Stan K makes on interest a month.

  44. Bamford13

    “Barkley in Wilshire out?’

    I was thinking the same thing, but it’ll never happen. While I often defend Jack, he may be spoiled goods, mentally and physically, whereas Barkley shines more and more all of the time. Barkley has more upside as well, being just as good technically (if not better) and being the better athlete.

    Won’t happen, though.

  45. Dannyboy

    Gnarley, your boys have been awesome this summer!

    I must admit your performance against South Africa made it a little easier to face all the Aussies at work!

  46. Edu

    any links of arsenal performance to wilshere’s absence in the middle of the park?, must say i like the rosicky,carzola, ozil combo..