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Arsenal down Everton

2012-03-22 06:59

Liverpool - Thomas Vermaelen scored with an early header on Wednesday to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Everton that moved it up to third place in the Premier League.

Vermaelen headed in from Robin van Persie's corner to secure a sixth straight league win and move the Gunners above local rival Tottenham.

Everton played well and looked to have equalised in the 31st but Royston Drenthe was ruled offside.

Arsenal is a point clear of north London rivals Spurs with nine games left to play and looks good to secure a Champions League berth. Fifth-placed Chelsea is now six points back.

After the players emerged from the tunnel wearing T-shirts to show their support for former Arsenal midfielder Fabrice Muamba following his cardiac arrest, it was the visitors who set the early tempo.

Having already miscued one decent opportunity in front of goal in the sixth minute, Ramsey won a corner with a blocked shot moments later and from Van Persie's delivery, Vermaelen found the space to nod the Gunners into the lead.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then got down to keep out an effort from Van Persie before Leon Osman headed the Toffees' first attempt at goal wide.

The home side began to settle a little and the players thought they had equalized when Drenthe slotted in at the end of a passing move. The effort was ruled out for offside in a decision that enraged Everton boss David Moyes. Replays indicated that Drenthe had been onside when the ball had been played to him.

AP

Comments
  • Gunner - 2012-03-22 07:25

    Well done Gunners...keep it up

  • Ras Mutarah - 2012-03-22 07:51

    Good gäme! go Gunners gö!

  • Simon - 2012-03-22 08:54

    Considering we were playing 12 men. 11 Arsenal players and the linesman, you couldn't do anything but win.! Never-mind the replay, I could see he was onside in live play. Its about time we had replays

      Brent - 2012-03-22 09:13

      BOOOOOO

      Gunner - 2012-03-22 09:24

      Sour grapes Simon...what about the clear penalty claim on Rosicky

  • Paul - 2012-03-22 09:41

    Arsenal have taken there rightful place above Spurs, as it should be now, and forever more. I laugh at all the Spurs fans who three months ago were righting off Arsenal and that we would never qualify for the Chapm League.....where are they now. They have thrown away a 13 pint lead that they had on us 3 months ago, and a 10 point on just 5 weeks ago. I sense that us Arsenal fans could be celebrating St Tottering's day very soon, yet again.....ha ha

  • JoffeyCampino - 2012-03-22 09:46

    It is evident that to start winning trophies you need to win ugly, last night's match was ugly. And yes Wenger conceded that Arsenal were lucky to win, and Drenthe's goal should probably have been allowed. But that's how it goes, you get decisions to go your way and then you get those who go against you. But to come away with 3 points at Goodison Park where Spurs, City and Chelsea have failed, is certainly a step in the right direction, winning ugly will get you trophies, not now but surely next season. Arsenal are third now!! so what gap were you talking about Spurs?

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-22 14:34

    Simon, you lot have got a bigger game coming up against your neighbours......prepare for that and you have a chance of winning a trophy and not to mention the bragging rights after being whacked 3-0!!! Well done to the Gunners...........always hoped they would finish in the top3-4. Spurs........lets see if you can pull off something in the FA Cup.

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