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  • Date:10 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,062
  • van Persie (69)
Goal!

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93mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Conor McAleny goes wide of the right-hand post.

92mins

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

89mins

Emmanuel Frimpong on for Theo Walcott.

87mins

Tomas Rosicky fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.

87mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Magaye Gueye goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86mins

Leighton Baines produces a cross, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

84mins

Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

82mins

Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. The referee shows Sylvain Distin a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Vermaelen leaves the field to be replaced by Ignasi Miquel. Tomas Rosicky on for Yao Gervinho. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

81mins

Magaye Gueye sends in a cross, blocked by Mikel Arteta. Short corner worked by Leighton Baines.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Alex Song.

80mins

Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

78mins

Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Robin van Persie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

76mins

Phil Neville leaves the field to be replaced by Conor McAleny. Magaye Gueye comes on in place of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

75mins

Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

71mins

The ball is crossed by Seamus Coleman.

70mins

Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Everton.Alex Song provided the assist for the goal.

69mins

Centre by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

68mins

Marouane Fellaini takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

67mins

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov delivers the ball.

65mins

Shot from just outside the box by Phil Neville goes over the crossbar.

65mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.

64mins

The ball is sent over by Thomas Vermaelen, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.

64mins

(Everton) makes a substitution, with Sylvain Distin coming on for Louis Saha.

63mins

Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

62mins

Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance by Tony Hibbert.

60mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

59mins

Leighton Baines delivers the ball, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen. Inswinging corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.

59mins

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is ruled offside. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

58mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

57mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Tim Cahill.

57mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.

56mins

The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

55mins

Shot by Theo Walcott from just outside the area goes over the net.

55mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Thomas Vermaelen. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

54mins

Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

53mins

Marouane Fellaini challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, save by Tim Howard.

53mins

Leighton Baines crosses the ball. The assistant referee flags for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

52mins

The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

52mins

Centre by Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

51mins

Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

49mins

The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.

48mins

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, save made by Tim Howard.

47mins

Shot from long distance by Louis Saha misses to the right of the goal.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.

44mins

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.

42mins

Theo Walcott produces a cross, blocked by Leighton Baines. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.

41mins

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

41mins

A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, blocked by Johnny Heitinga. Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, save by Tim Howard.

38mins

The referee cautions Aaron Ramsey for unsporting behaviour.

36mins

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Johnny Heitinga.

33mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

32mins

The referee blows for offside against Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

31mins

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov crosses the ball, blocked by Per Mertesacker. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, Marouane Fellaini produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.

29mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Aaron Ramsey clears the crossbar.

26mins

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.

26mins

The ball is sent over by Tony Hibbert, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

25mins

The ball is sent over by Marouane Fellaini, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

24mins

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Tim Cahill gets a block in.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Seamus Coleman results in a free kick. Seamus Coleman goes into the referee's book. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

23mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Alex Song. Free kick taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

22mins

Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Alex Song results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.

22mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tony Hibbert.

21mins

Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, Seamus Coleman gets a block in.

20mins

The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Johnny Heitinga takes the indirect free kick.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

18mins

The ball is crossed by Aaron Ramsey, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.

17mins

Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

Seamus Coleman fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Mikel Arteta a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.

15mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, save by Tim Howard.

15mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.

13mins

The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

12mins

Robin van Persie produces a cross, save made by Tim Howard.

11mins

Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, save made by Wojciech Szczesny. Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

9mins

Louis Saha challenges Johan Djourou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

8mins

Theo Walcott is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

7mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Phil Neville.

2mins

The official flags Seamus Coleman offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

Match Preview

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4411Manager: David Moyes

Everton

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Alex Song
  • Theo Walcott
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Ignasi Miquel

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Match Report

Van Persie ensures happy returns Robin van Persie smashed a stunning volley as good as any in Arsenal's 125-year history to give the Gunners a 1-0 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium. The in-form Dutchman took his tally to 19 for the season with a superb left-foot strike in the 70th minute which proved enough for all three points and took Arsenal back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Everton had defended well and looked dangerous on the break, but were undone by a moment of pure genius, which was applauded by Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry, watching on from the stands. Gunners legends from Frank McLintock, double-winning captain in 1971, along with striker Charlie George, record appearance holder David O'Leary, 1989 title-winning manager George Graham, through to Invincibles Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann and Henry - who yesterday witnessed a bronze statue of himself being unveiled outside the ground - all helped make up a guard of honour as Van Persie led the current side onto the field. Once the pre-match formalities were over, Arsenal - looking for a sixth win in eight league games - started brightly, with Theo Walcott and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho looking lively down the right. Everton, who had won two from their last three, had a decent spell and forced a couple of corners which caused Arsenal concern. Arsenal should have been ahead in the 15th minute when Mikel Arteta, signed from the Toffees on August transfer deadline day, put Walcott clear into the right side of the Everton area. He squared across the face of goal but Gervinho got his timing wrong and allowed it to run wide, with Tony Hibbert eventually making a block. Arsenal continued to press and Wales captain Aaron Ramsey was unfortunate to see his shot on the turn float just over after being played into the Everton penalty area by Alex Song. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then got down well to beat away Gervinho's angled drive. Walcott got to the byline again and then cut the ball back through a crowded six-yard box, but it was hacked clear. There was a scare for Arsenal at the start of the second half when Walcott fell awkwardly on his knee, but the England man soon returned to the action. The Gunners continued to press, but once more Everton had plenty of men back and covered the space well, Dutchman Johnny Heitinga enjoying a fine game. Walcott skipped past Leighton Baines in the 56th minute and into the right side of the area, where his fierce angled drive was beaten away by Howard. Thomas Vermaelen, playing at left-back because of injury to Andre Santos in the midweek Champions League defeat at Olympiacos, then had to be alert to put a deep cross from the left behind as Tim Cahill looked to ghost in at the far post. Everton made a change in the 64th minute when striker Louis Saha was replaced by defender Sylvain Distin. Despite the tactical switch Everton swept forwards, with captain Phil Neville chipping over from 18 yards. Then out of nothing, Van Persie netted a stunning volley to give Arsenal the lead with 20 minutes to go. Song chipped the ball across the Everton back line, where Van Persie had drifted behind his marker to dispatch a sublime left-foot strike in off the far post. Everton substitute Conor McAleny flashed a drive just wide in stoppage time but Arsenal went on to mark the occasion with a victory as their resurgence continued. endM

Form Guide

    WWWWDW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Everton
  • WLLWWL

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Everton
  • 01/02/2011
  • Everton
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 14/11/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 2
  • Everton
  • 09/01/2010
  • Everton
  • 1 - 6
  • Arsenal
  • 15/08/2009
  • Everton
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 28/01/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • Everton
  • 18/10/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 14
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • YK Gervinho 3
  • T Walcott 2
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Everton

  • A Vellios 3
  • P Jagielka 2
  • RR Drenthe 2
  • J Rodwell 2
  • L Saha 1
  • L Osman 1
  • M Fellaini 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 30
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Everton

    • Total goals 38
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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