Everton v Arsenal Review: A Must Win Game?!    

It was a game we had to win if we were to stay in contention in the title race. It would also put pressure on Leicester and Spurs and give us some much needed confidence. 

We made one change to the side who lost to Barcelona in midweek with Coquelin coming in for the injured Flamini but he probably would have started anyway. 

Everton themselves are surprisingly struggling in the league but beat Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup last weekend so they are definitely a strong team. Players like Lukaku and Barkley are playing well this year and have a lot of potential. 

The game kicked off and Everton nearly scored straight away. It came from a corner and Coleman hit the outside of the post. This was certainly a wake up call for us and showed that we needed to be at our best. 

We responded well and showed our true quality to break the deadlock after just 7 minutes. It was a great team goal as stars Özil and Sanchez combined before the latter set up Welbeck with a well timed pass in behind their defence. Welbeck showed why we need some pace up front as he brilliantly rounded the keeper to put us ahead. 

We then dominated the game and should have scored again through Özil and Iwobi. We could have also had a penalty when Alexis Sanchez went down in the box but we were unlucky and had to keep going to get an important second goal. 

We did eventually get our reward just before half time as Iwobi showed his great potential to score his first goal for the club. He used his pace and younger legs to get past the defence and then finished well considering his age. 

2-0 up at half time and we had to win now in a game I thought was going to be a lot tougher. 

Everton surprisingly brought on defender John Stones in the second half but maybe it was to stop us from scoring more. They got into the game more as we didn’t have to play well and held onto our lead.

We defended well for a change and stopped them from creating many chances especially for in form striker Lukaku who is a player I think we should buy.

Their only good chance came from a dangerous cross for Lukaku which Ospina dealt with getting injured in the process but he was able to carry on and we went on to win a crucial game. 

With the weekend fixtures over we are now 6 points behind Spurs and 11 behind Leicester with a game in hand. We are therefore still in with a chance but we need them to drop some points. All we can do is win our games though and hopefully the season still has some surprises left! 

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