Super sub, Giroud scores late to share the spoils at Goodison Park. Ten minutes before the Frenchman’s equaliser, Everton were leading 2-0 and cruising, what happened?
Arsenal got their season off to a great start; Ramsey’s late winner beat Palace 2-1 at the Emirates. Their quest for the Champions League group stage took a setback though. They drew with Besiktas 0-0 in the first-leg of their CL play-off, work to do in the second-leg.
Everton suffered a setback by the hands of Leicester City. Twice the blue side of Merseyside led at the KP stadium, the Foxes though managed to get a point out of it, incredible.
This match last season ended 3-0 in Everton’s favour. Arsenal will be looking to end a bad-run of five games at Goodison, Everton meanwhile want to kick-off their 2014/15 season.
If Arsenal wanted to end the run they didn’t have the greatest of starts, Everton dominating the early exchanges. They created the attacking movement that really kept Arsenal’s defence on their feet.
Everton were rewarded for their efforts with the opener by Seamus Coleman. Baines found Barry lurking on the 18-yard line, Barry crossed to the back post where Coleman was running in. The right-back’s brilliant header past Szczesny saw the first goal with less than 20 minutes gone. He starred for the Toffees last season scoring plenty of goals, is he about to do the same again?
The home side doubled their advantage right on half-time. Lukaku breaking free from his own half, he spirit through the Arsenal half until he reached the 18-yard box. He played a clever through ball into Naismith giving the Gunners no chance. The Scotsman shot with first touch past Szczesny for 2-0. The FA Cup winner would have to somehow comeback from two goals down. If Arsenal achieved this, it would be the first time since 2011 they have done so.
There was a slight improvement in the away side’s performance in the second-half; most of their possession actually in Everton’s half. It was until the 83rd minute when Ramsey scored his second of the season. Cazorla beat his marker to deliver a drilled cross into the 6-yard area. The Welshman got to the cross and scrambled the ball into an empty net.
They completed their comeback right on 90 minutes with a goal through super-sub, Olivier Giroud. Monreal reached a well over hit cross which ended up on the left side of the pitch. The wing-back delivered a floating cross into the Frenchman that he powerfully headed past Tim Howard. What a goal by the striker, looks as if Everton’s late-goal curse has come back to haunt them.
What a game from the neutral perspective, Arsenal getting a point from a point they looked destined for defeat. Ramsey seems to have brought in the form from last season to now. Everton must sort out their defensive problems, seeing out the game rather than stopping at 80 minutes. Despite Arsenal’s comeback they can’t afford to do that every game against the top sides.