What a bunch of cheats. From the officials to a few Everton players…!
And I’m so glad we don’t play that way, I really am. The way Naismith went to ground so easily in order to con the referee was embarrassing enough but the way the referee Kevin Friend was taken in was disgraceful. To add insult to injury, Calum Chambers received a yellow card for no reason.
The fact that Naismith was on the end of their second goal which was offside, made matters worse. Linesman, wake up! The foul on Mertesacker in the build up to the goal went unpunished too which at this level is wrong, so very wrong.
The first half wasn’t a good one for us for many reasons but I’ll leave that for the comments section.
The second half began and getting anything from that game 2-0 down looked a high mountain to climb…
Alexis made way for Giroud and it wasn’t long before he had his first chance but the Frenchman blasted high over that bar. The next chance he had just before 70 minutes went low and just wide and very soon after another chance went begging. It didn’t look like it was going to be Giroud’s day, nor ours. Chances need to be taken more often but Giroud was certainly looking a lot more lively than he did last Tuesday.
As we strived to get something from this game, Arsene Wenger threw on Joel Campbell to make his first appearance in the league, ok he looked rusty but you cant fault his energy and willingness to track back and help out. I like that, perhaps a few others could learn from that side of his and Alexis game.
The clock was ticking down and despite piling the pressure on Everton, we just couldn’t get a breakthrough until Aaron Ramsey popped up in the box to score from a lovely ball from Santi Cazorla.
Giroud spurned another chance, this time he headed wide from a corner. It just wasn’t his day in front of goal was it…….
Until the 90th minute of course when he finally headed home a wicked cross from Monreal.
We nicked a point. No, we were robbed of two!!
Before the game, I honestly thought we’d win and we would have if the officials had got things right on the day but to be honest, in that second half we had enough chances to win regardless of the poor decisions given against us.
Now we need a win on Wednesday, secure the Champions League group stages and then, sign up 2/3 more top quality players.
Olivier Giroud is a doubt for that match according to Wenger:
It is a big game and I hope we have not lost him. In the final minute he stretched his ankle. At the moment it doesn’t look too good.
Sanogo or Campbell it might be then, unless Alexis gets the nod again…..
That’s it for today, have a good one….