Showing posts with label Everton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Everton. Show all posts

Monday, 23 October 2017

LaPercy Review: Everton vs Arsenal

The matchday 9 ended with a big morale boosting 5-2 victory for Arsenal at Everton's home, Goodison Park. Among the goalscorers were Wayne Rooney, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazzette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. This was a big win for the Gunners as they escaped with a difficult 1-0 win thanks to an amazing strike by Olivier Giroud in their last game in Austria as part of their Europa League campaign which is about to get a lot tougher in the Round of 32 than it's previous editions because of inclusion of Dortmund,Atletico and many other heavyweights because of their lacklustre showing in the Champions League group stage.
                The scoring started as Wayne Rooney put Everton in front in the 12th minute. Arsenal until then were completely in charge, but it was Everton who took the lead. Gueye dispossessed Xhaka high up the pitch with an excellent tackle that sent the ball into Rooney's path. Rooney took a touch and then bent one perfectly into the top corner. Wayne Rooney did the same 15 years in 2002 with Everton and he did his job again. Arsenal started like a lit rocket but since the goal they fizzled out. The home side were well on top and looked the more likely to grab the second goal. Jordan Pickford was brilliant when called upon so far. A trio of excellent early saves had kept Everton in this but Pickford could not save Monreal who hadn't scored since 2013 before this season from making the score even before the half time in the 40th minute as Arsenal's constant application of pressure bore fruit on the Everton defence as Monreal hammered home on the rebound after Xhaka's strike was saved. The Toffees were unable to stem the tide of attacks from the visitors and space opened up for Xhaka to strike. Pickford sent his effort away, but Monreal was the first to react and he hammered a low strike into the bottom corner, beating the reactions of the Everton keeper. It was all square at the break at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney's strike from distance had put Everton ahead, but Nacho Monreal's effort five minutes before half-time brought Arsenal level. The Gunners have been the better side, but their frailties at the back were exposed by Idrissa Gueye and Rooney to take the lead. Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that his side can reaffirm their control of the match in the second half and avoid the critical mistakes but the man who was declared the criminal was Granit Xhaka. He wasn’t a popular man after last weekend’s defeat to Watford and things haven’t exactly got any better for Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder failed to track Tom Cleverley for the goal that won the Hornets that game at Vicarage Road and he was at it again against Everton at Goodison Park

  But Arsenal did not choke this time as Ozil showed the world once again what he can do if he's 100% fit. Ozil put Arsenal ahead as he scored in the minute as Everton collapsed because of a quick counter down the left, which was finished by the German as he headed past Pickford from close range. Sanchez broke down the left and put in a pinpoint cross into the box for Ozil to attack. The midfielder drifted between Keane and Jagielka and simply guided the ball past Pickford, who had no chance of saving that shot. In the 74th minute, Arsenal scored their third because of a well deserved assist by Ozil as a clinical counter from the visitors on this occasion as Sanchez released Ozil down the right flank. He pulled the ball back to Lacazette unmarked in the box and the Frenchman finished in style striking the ball into the top corner. The game changed in favor of the Gunners in the 78th minute because of introduction of Jack Wilshere, who came on for Lacazette to make his first Arsenal appearance in the Premier League for 14 months. Ramsey who was equally important part in Arsenal's win alongside made it 4 in the 90th minute as he was awarded for ooking for a goal all game, and finally Ramsey was on the scoresheet. Wilshere did brilliantly to create the chance with a pin-point through ball, before Ramsey took a touch and passed the ball home at Pickford's near post. It was all over for Everton but Niasse saved some humiliation by scoring in the 93rd minute which was because of horrendous defending by Arsenal.  Monreal played his backpass short to Cech and Niasse closed down the keeper. The ball bounced favourably for the forward and he slotted it into an empty net. But Arsenal scored again in the 95th minute, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's goal as Ramsey flicked the ball beautifully into Sanchez's pass, and the striker sidestepped his way past a few limp challenges before firing a brilliant low shot into the far corner.

Author's Comment: It was a great win for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger chose not to play his best eleven all season until his birthday. The man of the match was definitely Ozil as he entered Premier League's history books by becoming the 1st player to create 8 goal scoring chances in a single game which prompted Arsene Wenger to say that it was difficult for him to believe that Ozil talked about Arsenal's exit. It was a great day for the Gooners as Arsenal played how every football team's fan think they would play but Arsenal have to become more focussed as they need to keep this winning run going on for quite some time to have a chance at the title or a top 4 finish and Wenger has to find a solution for Xhaka as the time will come again when they have to pay dearly for Xhaka's error. 
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Premier League injury & suspension list

Goal keeps you up to date with all the missing men from England's top-flight - from what's keeping your favourite player out, to when they will return to action


Gibbs Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Norwich City (A)
Gnabry Knee injury May 11, 2014 Norwich City (A)
Miyaichi Hamstring injury N/A N/A
Oxlade-Chamberlain Groin injury N/A N/A
Ramsey Thigh injury May 11, 2014 Norwich City (A)
Walcott Knee injury July 2014 N/A
Wilshere Foot injury May 11, 2014 Norwich City (A)



Albrighton Groin injury May 11, 2014 Tottenham (A)
Agbonlahor Knee injury May 11, 2014 Tottenham (A)
Bennett Foot injury N/A N/A
Benteke Achilles injury N/A N/A
Helenius Thigh injury N/A N/A
Kozak Broken leg N/A N/A
N'Zogbia Achilles injury N/A N/A
Okore Knee injury May 11, 2014 Tottenham (A)


 Cala  Misconduct charge August 2014 N/A
Daehli Illness May 11, 2014 Chelsea (H)
Hudson Hamstring injury N/A N/A
Medel Illness May 11, 2014 Chelsea (H)
Noone Abdominal strain N/A N/A
Taylor Knock N/A N/A
Théophile Catherine Illness May 11, 2014 Chelsea (H)


Ramires  Violent conduct August 2014 N/A
Cech Dislocated shoulder N/A N/A
Eto'o Knee injury N/A N/A
Lampard Illness N/A N/A
Oscar Thigh injury May 11, 2014 Cardiff (A)
Terry Ankle injury N/A N/A




Jerome  Illness May 11, 2014 Fulham (A)


Gibson Knee injury N/A N/A
Kone Knee injury N/A N/A
Mirallas Groin injury N/A N/A
Oviedo Broken leg June 2014 N/A
Pienaar Knee injury May 11, 2014 Hull City (A)
Traore Hamstring injury May 11, 2014 Hull City (A)


Duff Knee injury N/A N/A


Aluko Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Everton (H)
Brady Groin injury N/A N/A
Chester Hamstring injury May 17, 2014 Arsenal (N)
Dudgeon Knee injury N/A N/A
McGregor Kidney injury May 11, 2014 Everton (H)
McShane Groin injury May 11, 2014 Everton (H)


 Henderson Red card May 11, 2014 Newcastle United (H)
Enrique Knee surgery N/A N/A



Aguero Hamstring injury May 11, 2014 West Ham (H)
Nastasic Knee injury May 11, 2014 West Ham (H)
Navas Ankle injury May 11, 2014 West Ham (H)


Evans Ankle injury N/A N/A
Jones Shoulder injury N/A N/A
Lindegaard Illness May 11, 2014 Southampton (A)
Rafael Hamstring injury May 11, 2014 Southampton (A)
Rooney Toe injury May 11, 2014 Southampton (A)


Sammy Ameobi Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Liverpool (A)
Cisse Knee injury September 2014 N/A
Santon Hamstring injury May 11, 2014 Liverpool (A)
Ryan Taylor Knee injury N/A N/A


Fox Knee injury N/A N/A
Pilkington Thigh injury N/A N/A
Yobo Calf injury N/A N/A


K Davis Back injury N/A N/A
Ramirez Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Man Utd (H)
Rodriguez Knee injury N/A N/A
Yoshida Knee injury N/A N/A


Assaidi Knee injury N/A N/A
Huth Knee strain N/A N/A


Cattermole Knock N/A N/A
Cuellar Hamstring injury N/A N/A
Fletcher Ankle inury N/A N/A
Sung-Yeung Knee injury N/A N/A
Westwood Shoulder injury N/A N/A


Flores Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Sunderland (A)
Michu Ankle injury N/A N/A
Rangel Groin injury N/A N/A


 Kaboul  Red card  August 2014 N/A
Capoue Ankle injury May 11, 2014 Aston Villa (H)
Chadli Groin injury N/A N/A
Dembele Thigh injury N/A N/A
Lamela Back injury N/A N/A
Townsend Ankle injury N/A N/A
Vertonghen Ankle injury N/A N/A
Walker Groin injury N/A N/A


Bifouma Groin injury N/A N/A
Gera Hamstring injury N/A N/A
Jones Hamstring injury N/A N/A
Reid Groin injury N/A N/A
Ridgewell Knee injury May 11, 2014 Stoke (H)


Borriello Calf injury N/A N/A
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

No mercy from Liverpool for Manchester City

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has promised Liverpool that his team won’t surrender when they meet title favourites Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

City, currently three points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, know that maximum points from their final three games will see them crowned Premier League champions following the Reds’ unexpected defeat against Chelsea last weekend. Liverpool therefore need a favour from Everton, Aston Villa or West Ham -- City’s last three opponents -- if they are to rescue their title dream with wins of their own against Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Many Everton supporters would hate the idea that they may be the ones to help their despised Merseyside neighbours towards a first league title in 24 years by beating third placed City, but Martinez is adamant that’s what they will be trying to do. “I have always felt the relationship between the clubs in the city over many, many years has had incredible chapters and this will be another fascinating chapter,” Martinez said. “We are a football club and a team that wants to win every single game we go into and we are looking at ourselves. They are precious points for us, so we can’t afford not to give everything we have got for every point we have got left.  “Helping other teams is not the way we do our work. We are just focusing on trying to win for ourselves and have real high standards in every game we go into.” Everton’s own incentive may have been slightly dimmed now that they look unlikely to qualify for the Champions League, with defeat in two of their last three matches allowing Arsenal to open up a four-point gap in fourth place. But Martinez is still determined to end what has been an outstanding season at Goodison Park on a high with victory over City. Recent history favours Everton with the Merseyside club beating City at home in each of the past four seasons. But City will be determined not to let another opportunity to take the title slip through their hands after being handed back the initiative to finish top by Chelsea’s win at Anfield. “We are back with a big chance of being champions again. We are not depending on other teams. It only depends on us, and that has changed a lot,” said midfielder Fernandinho. City boss Manuel Pellegrini may recall David Silva if he is able to play through the pain of an on-going ankle problem.

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