Wow, now that’s a good way to start a season!
Yes Everton were woeful, defending like lifeless corpses, but to a man the Arsenal side were superb, hardly putting a foot wrong until in the 91st minute they felt sorry enough for their inept opponents to let them pull a goal back and the Gunners back four lose their clean sheet bonus.
From the very first minute Arsene’s starting eleven appeared to be in the right mood and as an attacking force they were at times irresistible. The game was pretty even and chances were few and far between but Song and Denilson were bossing the midfield nicely and importantly Tim Cahill was forced into stemming the tide rather than getting forward to support the pitiful Jo and then on 26 minutes Arsenal were ahead.
A good flowing movement on the edge of the box saw Fabregas psychically finding Denilson who cracked in a beauty from the edge of the box, the Gunners then netted two goals from their centre back duo getting one a piece both from truly wonderful balls from RVP and Cesc but one has to question the marking ability of the Toffees defence who vanished into thin air.
The second half started as the first one ended with the skipper weighing in with two goals, the second a real corker after a neat run and finish. The lad took their feet of the pedal at that point and it was plain sailing but David Moyes side decided some more poor defending was needed and Arshavin was allowed to waltz into the box fire in on goal only for Tim Howard to palm on to the post which left Eduardo an easy tap in as Joleon Lescott started to think to himself if this may be his last action in an Everton shirt. Louis Saha got the consolation but it mattered not.
Almunia 7 – Had little to do, but what he did do he did well
Sagna 7 – Lost the ball a couple of times but reliable as ever
Gallas 9 – Excellent game, this season will be an important one for the Frenchman and this was a great way to start it
Clichy 7 – Didn’t put a foot wrong
Fabregas 9 – Wonderful performance capped with a brace
(Ramsey) 7 – The Welsh Cesc is coming along nicely
Vermaelen 9 – An assured debut that left me forgetting about the absence of Kolo
Denilson 8 – Top notch display
Song Billong 8 – Solid and measured
Arshavin 8 – Kept going from the 1st to the final minute
Van Persie 8 – No goals, but two assists and a hand in an other
(Eduardo ) 7 – Lethal finisher showed what he is all about in his cameo
Bendtner 8 – Really impressed me and is continuing to improve every game
(Eboue ) 7 – Helped close out the game.