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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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92:03 +2.03

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

91:29 +1.29

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

88:54

Emmanuel Frimpong on for Theo Walcott.

86:58

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

86:07

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

85:39

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

83:10

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

81:13

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.

80:50

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

79:47

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

79:33

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

77:17

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

75:20

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

74:25

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

70:27

The ball is crossed by Seamus Coleman.

69:01

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.

68:14

Centre by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

67:39

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

66:45

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov delivers the ball.

64:57

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

64:11

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

63:53

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

63:10

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

62:50

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

61:22

Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance by Tony Hibbert.

59:48

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

58:35

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.

58:21

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

57:23

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

56:17

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

56:05

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

55:37

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

55:00

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

54:15

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

53:31

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

52:44

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.

52:10

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

51:52

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

51:03

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

50:42

Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

48:30

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

47:57

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

46:45 +1.45

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

46:07 +1.07

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

45:39

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

45:20 +0.20

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.

43:04

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

41:30

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.

40:45

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

40:30

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

37:23

The referee cautions Aaron Ramsey for unsporting behaviour.

35:08

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

32:08

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

31:45

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

30:24

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.

29:04

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

28:25

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

25:52

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

25:10

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

24:54

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

24:00

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

23:09

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.

22:46

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

21:50

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

21:01

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

20:54

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

19:47

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

19:32

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

17:23

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

16:17

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

14:57

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.

14:33

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

14:09

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.

12:28

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

11:27

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

10:27

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.

8:04

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

7:29

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

6:43

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

1:21

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

0:50

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

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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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