Arsenal ran riot at Goodison Park, smashing 4 goals past the Mersyside team. An impressive result saw Eduardo score 2, with Adebayor and Rosicky adding to the total. The Gunners travelled to Everton knowing that 3 points would see them top the table at New Year, after the leaders Man Utd lost away to West Ham.
Everton made a strong start, and took the lead through poor Arsenal defending at the back post in the 19th minute. Arteta swung the ball in from a corner, which bounced awkwardly at the young Dane Nicklas Bendtner. His failure to clear the ball got pounced on, as both Cahill and Yakubu went for the ball. Both wheeled away in celebration, and it seemed as though Cahill got the final touch. Not much chances were created by either side in the first-half, but Everton dominated the game.
It seemed as though the half-time talk from Arsene Wenger had some effect, as the fans were about to experience a much better second-half from the Gunners. In fact, only 90 seconds after the restart, Eduardo da Silva pounced to score his first ever Premier League goal. Clichy hoisted the ball forward, and landed at the feet of the Croation hitman. From then on it was always going to be a goal, with Eduardo lifting the ball over Howard. The perfect start to the second-half.
Made even better within the next few minutes, as Eduardo pounced again. Another long ball forward, this time Bendtner looked as though he may have got a flick. The first-touch by Eduardo appeared to have hit him on the hand, but from then on he made a complete fool out of Jagielka. Expertly flicking the ball round one side of the defender, running round his other side, and produced another exquisite finish. This was more like the Arsenal we all know and love. A chance soon fell for the opposition, as Yakubu missed a free-header in the box, squirming away from Kolo Toure. A big let-off.
Then was the sending off of Bendtner. A high boot was raised to clumsily kick Johnson, could well have been a straight red. Previously been booked, he recieved another yellow card for the challenge, and was given his marching orders. Some might say a strikers tackle. Then Arsenal killed the game off. A long ball hoisted upfield by Almunia, seemed to be dealt with when Yobo and Howard closed down the ball. However, the optimistic Adebayor just kept on running and pounced on the mistake. His first-touch was to prod the ball through Howards legs, and then Adebayor simply ran the ball into the net.
Shortly after, an elbow from Arteta in the face of Fabregas was another red card offence, as a confrontation between both sets of players broke out. As if it couldn’t get any worse for the opposition, Rosicky delivered the final blow, with a fantastic goal, powered into the bottom left of the net. Fantastic build-up-play from Adebayor and Diaby to make the goal in stoppage-time.
A great result for the Arsenal, who now sit at the very top of the Premier League table. Up the Arsenal.