After Arsenal endured yet another tough fixture this season, this time against strong top four contenders Everton, the result seemed to split Arsenal fans straight down the middle in opinion. Half seem to think that the result was a fair one and so therefore are optimistic about adding another point to the gap, whilst the other half are being pessimistic in saying that its two points dropped considering we lost the lead.
Firstly, I felt that it was very much a game of two halves. Arsenal recorded their lowest first half possession count at home since 2006, as Everton looked rampant and dominated throughout the first 30 minutes or so. Things lightened up for Arsenal and we had two fantastic chances just before the half time break, but we went in level at 0-0. Arsenal came out as the more threatening side and our chances finally paid off when we took the lead with a Mesut Ozil goal on 80 minutes. It looked to be the winner, in hope that Arsenal could hang on, but a resilient Everton side made sure they spoiled the Gooner party and the game finished a score draw of 1-1.
I personally felt it was a fair result and although we were winning at one point, the score wouldn’t have been entirely reflective of the game. So although I am disappointed that we dropped two points considering we were so close to obtaining 3, and therefore going 7 points clear on top of the league. Considering that Everton have already managed to take points off United and Chelsea this season, I am not entirely angered by a draw.
Everton have always been a good side and one that has troubled Arsenal greatly in the past few years. We may not have been at our best but the fact that we managed to grab a point to extend our run at the very least was good enough for me come the final whistle. If at the start of the season you had said we would be 5 points clear on top of the table at this point of the Premier League campaign, you would have more than likely thought it was impossible. However here we are and as long as we don’t falter to City and Chelsea over the next few weeks than our stance for contending for the league this season should well and truly be considered.
Am I right or does the below par performance back up what football pundits have been saying about Arsenal against the harder teams?