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  • Date:01 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,014
  • Arshavin (69) Koscielny (74)
  • Saha (23) Saha (23)
Goal!

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92:42 +2.42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Djourou by Marouane Fellaini. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

86:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Louis Saha. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

84:33

Leon Osman takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.

83:55

Vassiriki Diaby challenges Victor Anichebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.

82:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Jack Rodwell. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

78:24

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Johan Djourou.

77:46

Victor Anichebe replaces Seamus Coleman. Phil Jagielka comes on in place of Phil Neville.

74:59

Laurent Koscielny grabs a headed goal from close range. Arsenal 2-1 Everton.Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, the assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

73:43

Leon Osman is booked. Theo Walcott fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie, save by Tim Howard.

72:31

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.

71:46

Tim Howard goes into the book.

71:09

Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

69:49

Andrey Arshavin finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Everton.Francesc Fabregas provided the assist for the goal.

68:00

Nicklas Bendtner comes on in place of Jack Wilshere.

67:46

Vassiriki Diaby has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

66:48

Seamus Coleman fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

64:12

Leon Osman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

62:46

Shot by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

62:31

Johan Djourou fouled by Louis Saha, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

61:48

Tomas Rosicky leaves the field to be replaced by Andrey Arshavin.

59:39

Robin van Persie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Robin van Persie. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

58:40

Mikel Arteta receives a yellow card. Mikel Arteta challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

55:40

Louis Saha fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

54:32

Shot by Robin van Persie. Save by Tim Howard.

52:28

Shot by Gael Clichy from 18 yards. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky, Header from deep inside the area by Vassiriki Diaby goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

51:25

Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Francesc Fabregas manages to make a clearance.

49:40

Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Robin van Persie has an effort direct from the free kick.

48:27

Seamus Coleman fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.

47:57

Tomas Rosicky has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

45:25

Jack Rodwell booked. Foul by Jack Rodwell on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

45:01

Vassiriki Diaby joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Song.

44:28

Tomas Rosicky is shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Tomas Rosicky. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.

43:28

Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.

41:08

Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

39:24

Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jack Rodwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.

38:27

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Wojciech Szczesny. Shot from 20 yards by Mikel Arteta. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.

37:36

Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.

36:52

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

36:14

Robin van Persie takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.

34:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Francesc Fabregas misses to the left of the target.

33:30

Marouane Fellaini is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

32:41

Louis Saha fouled by Theo Walcott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines.

31:25

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from close range by Johan Djourou goes wide left of the goal.

29:55

Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

27:02

Corner taken left-footed by Seamus Coleman, Alex Song manages to make a clearance.

23:52

Goal scored by Louis Saha from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Everton.Seamus Coleman provided the assist for the goal.

22:33

Johnny Heitinga challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.

21:28

Short corner worked by Robin van Persie. Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.

21:11

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

16:50

Leighton Baines fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

15:47

Shot by Francesc Fabregas from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

14:35

Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Header from close in by Laurent Koscielny misses to the left of the goal.

13:33

Sylvain Distin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvain Distin on Bacary Sagna. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, blocked by Phil Neville.

12:03

Marouane Fellaini handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

11:38

Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

10:15

Jack Rodwell challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

9:45

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

5:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Rodwell on Bacary Sagna. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

4:17

The referee books Jack Wilshere for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.

3:09

Louis Saha is adjudged to have handled the ball. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

2:46

Jack Rodwell fouled by Johan Djourou, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Arsenal will be without centre-half Sebastien Squillaci (suspension) and midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring) for Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League clash against Everton at Emirates Stadium.

Midfielder Denilson (hamstring) and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) are also not expected to feature, but full-back Bacary Sagna (head) should return to the side, along with Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou, Gael Clichy and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who did not play in Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Huddersfield. Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) is still some weeks away from a possible return.

Nicklas Bendtner admits Arsenal are now facing a month of games which could make or break their season. The Gunners are aiming to keep within striking distance of leaders Manchester United, currently five points ahead. Bendtner knows with another packed fixture schedule ahead, there is little room for error.

"This next month is a bit of a decider," said the Denmark forward, whose deflected goal put Arsenal ahead against the Terriers, only for them to later need a late Cesc Fabregas penalty to see off the challenge of the npower League One side.

"Two cups will be decided and there are matches which will have a massive influence on the Premier League as well. February is a big month for us and at the end of it we will see where we are at. Hopefully it will all look fantastic."

First and foremost, though, Arsenal's battle-weary squad must recover quickly to take on an Everton side who have proved hard to beat away from home this season.

"It is always difficult to play again so quickly. We have played a lot of games, but we are sportsmen and this is what we have to do," Bendtner said.

"We have to be up for the challenge and be ready."

Bendtner, though, maintains Arsenal have developed a new-found resolve this season.

"People have said before that if we were not at our best games would end in draws," the 23-year-old continued. This season we have turned those question marks into victories, and that is what is making us stronger game by game."

Wenger feels Nasri's absence will be a "big blow". Bendtner has challenged the rest of the squad to fill the void. "Samir has been very important and scored some great goals. He can win games by himself, so obviously we will miss him - but someone else will have to step up and take his place," the striker said.

Everton manager David Moyes will check on the fitness of defender Tony Hibbert and striker Victor Anichebe. Hibbert became ill following the FA Cup draw with Chelsea on Saturday while Anichebe missed the fourth-round tie with a groin problem.

Tim Cahill was due to return to England on Monday after appearing in the Asian Cup for Australia and Moyes says he plans to give the midfielder a few days off.

Moyes believes Louis Saha can help push his side up the table now the French striker has rediscovered his scoring touch. Saha, 32, made it three goals in four appearances when he netted the opener against Chelsea.

Moyes wants the Frenchman to kick on ahead of the clash with the Gunners. He said: "Goals change centre-forwards. If they get some goals it makes them look better and everything they do feels much better.

"Louis scored a lot of goals at the start of last season. Let's hope he can score a lot of goals in the second half of this campaign. He is playing with a lot more confidence and belief, which goals give you as a centre-forward. I would like to think he can keep it going."

Everton have lost only one of their last 10 games in all competitions and become draw specialists. Moyes would accept another point in Arsenal's backyard.

He said: "We always want to take three points but if we added another draw I do not think it would be a terrible result. It is always a hard game.

"Arsenal have good sides every year. It is not in question the players and the quality they've got there. They do a good job. They are trying to compete at the top end of the league which is very difficult.

"We have drawn some games we should have won and drawn some where we have been a bit fortunate. Getting wins is really important as we have not really had enough of them."

Moyes has taken heart from the performance against Chelsea. "It was a really good display even though we did not see it through and we need a replay," he said.

"My players did well and in recent games we have looked more liable to score which is pleasing."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: David Moyes

Everton

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Johan Djourou
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Gunners hit back to stay in touch Arsenal came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Emirates Stadium and keep within striking distance of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United. Louis Saha had put the visitors ahead on 24 minutes when he slotted home, despite being offside. However, the Gunners turned the game around through substitute Andrey Arshavin and Laurent Koscielny's header. The Gunners made some 10 changes from the side which had laboured to a 2-1 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup here on Sunday. And it was Everton - who have lost only six games, but find themselves in the lower half of the table because of some 12 draws - who started brightly. With Diniyar Bilyaletdinov offering support to both Saha in attack and then making up the numbers in midfield, it was easy to see why David Moyes' men are hard to beat. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was in the referee's book after just five minutes when he clattered through the back of Mikel Arteta, which would set a trend for the evening. Everton continued to make all the running during the opening exchanges. Arsenal finally got some passing together as Bacary Sagna was played in down the right, only to be chopped down by Sylvain Distin who was immediately shown a yellow card by Lee Mason. Koscielny glanced a header through the six-yard box from a corner, before Cesc Fabregas then dragged a shot wide after a clever backheel from Robin van Persie. The Gunners were now on top, but just lacked a decisive pass when in the final third. Theo Walcott broke into the right side of the penalty area, but Tim Howard stood up well at the near post. Everton, though, were ahead on 24 minutes in controversial fashion. Saha was offside when Seamus Coleman chipped the ball through, but it spun off Koscielny's boot as he attempted to clear, falling to the Frenchman who slotted a low effort past Wojciech Szczesny. Despite the protests of the Arsenal players, and consultation with his assistant Stephen Child on the far side, referee Mason allowed the goal to stand. Arsenal felt more than a sense of injustice and centre-half Koscielny almost made amends when inches away from converting a corner with a diving header at the far post. The frustration for the home fans continued after Fabregas burst into the Everton box only to drag his shot wide. Van Persie then did brilliantly to collect a high, angled pass on his chest, but it would not drop and he could only loop the ball over. Arsenal made a change at the restart, with Abou Diaby replacing Alex Song, who appeared to pick up an injury towards the end of the first half. Rosicky spun away from his marker and charged forwards, but then dragged a 20-yard strike wide. The home side continued to press, Diaby powering a header over the bar. Arteta then went into the book after tripping Fabregas as the Arsenal captain set off on a quick break. There was then a confrontation when van Persie went in on the Spaniard, and was also shown a yellow card by busy referee. With 28 minutes left, Tomas Rosicky was replaced by Arshavin and Everton then sent Leon Osman on for Bilyaletdinov. Diaby cut inside from the left and set himself, but then drilled his 20-yard shot wide. Arsenal were finally level when Arshavin slotted home after Rodwell's backheader from Fabregas' chip fell to him in the six-yard box. Osman tripped Walcott in full flow, and became the seventh man in Mason's notebook. Van Persie sent the resulting free-kick towards the top right angle, which Howard did brilliantly to tip over. Arsenal, though, were not to be denied and turned the game around when Koscielny headed home from the resulting corner on 75 minutes. Rodwell glanced a header wide at the far post, but it was Arsenal who closed out the match and collected what could be three crucial points in the title race.

Form Guide

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  • Arsenal
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  • Everton
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  • Arsenal
  • 15/08/2009
  • Everton
  • 1 - 1
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  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • Everton
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  • 1 - 0
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Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • S Nasri 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • T Walcott 6
  • R van Persie 5
  • A Song 4
  • A Arshavin 3
  • F Fabregas 3
  • N Bendtner 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Everton

  • T Cahill 9
  • M Arteta 3
  • J Beckford 3
  • S Coleman 3
  • L Baines 2
  • L Saha 1
  • S Distin 1
  • D Bilyaletdinov 1
  • M Fellaini 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 70
    • Goals per game 48
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Everton

    • Total goals 49
    • Goals per game 27
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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