A very frustrating afternoon but I don't think that anyone can dispute how well Everton played today. They were the better side for most of the game and are probably disappointed that they didn't come away with all three points.
Arsenal were shit and far from their best. Rightly or wrongly we Gooners are quick to criticize a poor Arsenal performance but Everton deserve credit for nullifying us and playing as well as they did.
Everton came here today very pissed off with the fact we embarrassed them 6-1 on the opening game of the season. On their own turf. They have also come here on the back of a good run. A run that includes a 3-3 draw away to the 'Mighty Chelsea'.
They wanted it today. They wanted it bad. I think for most of the match they wanted it more than we did. Perhaps we were too complacent? We have been guilty of that before this season. Whatever the case you have to at least match effort with effort and we only did that after going 2-1 down.
Of course we missed players through injury but that is no excuse. Everton did too. Also the conditions were bad but the Merseysiders were in the same boat as well.
This was a big chance to put pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea and obviously we missed that opportunity. The performance, the result wasn't the best and both clubs will be smiling but I think we showed character today.
Had that been United or Chelsea pulling a draw from nothing in the last minute I have no doubt that we would be hearing about the grit and determination shown to not lose. That is what I'm taking from today. We showed that determination to not lose. That bodes well despite not getting the result we wanted.
I've no doubt that we will hear we were lucky for scoring two deflected goals either. I'd say that it was about time we had lady luck smile on us. Frank Lampard seems to get enough of her charms.
After today there will be people screaming for Wenger to buy players. I'd agree that 1-2 players could really help us win things this season. In my opinion we need a striker and we need one who can hold the ball up.
We lost the ball so many times when we had it deep in Everton's half and it caused us problems. Arshavin is doing a job for the team at the moment but it is a lot to keep asking him to play in a position that doesn't come natural to him.
Arsenal could really do with a physical presence up-front. I hate to say it but we miss someone like Adebayor who for all his faults, could hold the ball and take pressure off the team or keep it. Not that I want him back!
Well, all in all, not a great day but as I write United are drawing 1-1 with Birmingham so it may seem a little better in 20 minutes or so.
A disappointing result but take nothing away from Everton who played well and restricted us.
We've just got to keep believing because we can win the league.
Leep it Goonerish.............