Another good month for Aaron Ramsey, not only did he win the Arsenal player of the month award for the fifth time in succession, he picked up the goal of the month award too with 49% of fans votes.
It was a pretty special one wasn’t it and what made it even more special for me is it was against the team I don’t particularly like, Liverpool. In case you have forgotten, he collected Mesut Ozil’s pass, took a touch and let the ball bounce twice before unleashing an unstoppable strike beyond Simon Mignolet.
Jack Wilshere, came second for his goal against Marseille and in third place was Santi Cazorla for his corker, also against Liverpool.
We could do with seeing a few more goals from Santi, he looks a bit low in confidence and from playing with style and slickness, he’s struggling to get a pass or shot to find it’s target. I’m sure his form will soon find it’s way back his feet….
He certainly struggled a bit against Everton but then again so did a few or at least they appeared too…
Hope he doesn’t tuck into too much of that over the Christmas period! Worn for a good cause of course, Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day – which is scheduled for this Friday.
Back to Sunday and is it all a bit too easy to write our performance off as being average? Did players struggle to play the way we know they can or did Everton just turn up better equipped and better prepared than we are used to?
Questions but none of us truly know the answer and perhaps it’s a bit of both.
Earlier this year, we were on a great run as we threw everything at the challenge to finish the season in the top four but Everton were again a thorn in our side as we managed only a draw. They tried every tactic under Moyes that day and with a weak man in control of the whistle, they got away with it but under Martinez, Everton aren’t that kind of side.
I know Arsene Wenger said that he thought some of the Everton players were a bit too physical at times and fouled our players a bit too often, but perhaps he should look at the amount of yellow cards some of our players have totted up so far this season. I think we dish it out just as much these days.
They play the way we do so often, with pace, they use the wings and when they are in possession of the ball, they make it very difficult for the opposition to disrupt their game. As someone mentioned yesterday, we won’t be the only club Everton take a point off of, in fact I fully expect them to do what they did to Manchester United to many of the clubs around the top half of the league.
Per Mertesacker believes that Everton are one of the best sides he has personally faced:
I think that was the toughest game we have been through the whole season. They pressed us high up, all the way through from the start until the end.
We couldn’t play that much and in the second half everything was possible on both sides, with chances here and there so I think it was a fair result.
When one of the best central defenders in the Premier League says that, it must be true..
My problem is that when we are on such a good run as we have been, a draw at home feels like a loss when a game goes the way it did on Sunday but I’m always the first to criticise Arsene Wenger for not praising the opposition when we drop points, maybe I’m just as bad….
Later today we head out to Italy needing less than a 3-0 defeat to progress into the Champions League knock-out stages….
Now this is a game I would take a draw in……
Finally, there is a programme on tonight that fans might want to watch called Keane and Vieira: ‘The best of enemies’ and it’s on ITV 4 at 10pm -
That’s your lot for another day…..