Arsenal show title credentials with vital comeback draw
It might not be a win, but there’s no denying how Arsenal have changed after key signings.
In the reverse fixture of this tie last season, the Gunners were annihilated 3-0 by Roberto Martinez men, and also in danger of missing out on Champions League commitment, had the toffes won four of their remaining five fixtures.
And after Seamus Coleman fired Everton to an early lead, another misdemeanor loomed.
The Gunners started brightly, but soon afterwards, lost concentration that how Coleman evaded Mesut Ozil with ease to head in illustrated this.
The German had faced severe criticism for some of his performance last season, and this error further exacerbates it.
Everton didn’t mind though. They soon doubled their advantage when Steven Naismith pounced on a low cross from Lukaku to give the Gunners a reality check on their title ambitions.
Giroud was brought on the second half for Alexis Sanchez, who was left isolated upfront.
The Frenchman had an abhorrent outing in Turkey, and a replicate of that would have seen him come under more scrutiny.
But in a strange twist of fate, the former Montelliper striker found the equalizing goal, but after Ramsey had brought one back earlier, with a simple tap in from a Cazorla cross.
Afterwards, Wenger said:
“We have a great response with complete desire to come back and the spirit was fantastic.
“In the end we got back to 2-2 and we got a strong point but a deserved one if you look at the chances we had, especially in the second half. We came back very late but our spirit got us a point.
“It shows the belief and the resilience is there. The second goal was offside but we took it on the chin and came back.
“When we got beaten 3-0 here it could have been many more. That was quite a flattering score on the day but today
“I believe we deserved the point we earned and for us to come back from 2-0 down against a team who is good on the counter attack shows that the belief and resilience is there.”
“Having said that the second goal was offside and there was a foul before, just before half-time, so it was difficult to swallow. But we took it on the chin and came back in the way we did.”
It was certainly a mouth-water display in the closing stages of the encounter from the Gunners. In English football, you don’t need to be at your best to grind out results, Manchester City did that, Arsenal are learning.
Written by @femi4arsenal