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Everton   1 - 6   Arsenal

By Phil Dawkes

Thomas Vermaelen (left) and Bacary Sagna (right)
Vermaelen (left) was impressive both in defence and attack for Arsenal

Arsenal produced a scintillating opening-day display to hammer a woefully out-of-sorts Everton.

Denilson fired Arsenal ahead with a curling 25-yard strike before new signing Thomas Vermaelen doubled their lead with a header from a free-kick.

William Gallas headed the third before two Cesc Fabregas goals made it 5-0.

Gunners substitute Eduardo was on hand to tap in a late sixth before Louis Saha rolled in the most inconsequential of goals for Everton in injury time.

In the aftermath of this defeat for Everton, questions will inevitably be asked about the mindset of Toffees centre-back Joleon Lescott, who has made it clear he would like to join Manchester City and here formed one-quarter of a very poor home backline.

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There will be no need for such soul-searching at Arsenal though as they produced a stunning display of incisive, fluent counter-attacking football to equal the biggest opening-day victory in Premier League history.

For the first 25 minutes the hosts matched their visitors as the presence of 10 midfield players on the pitch, led to shared possession in a congested central third.

In pre-season, Nicklas Bendtner doubled his shirt number but in being asked to play an unfamiliar role as one-fifth of Arsenal's midfield quintet his usual work-rate was similarly increased, and it was he who fashioned the chance from which his team opened the scoring.

The tall Dane brought the ball down and fed Fabregas, who in turn found Denilson 25 yards out and his first-time shot curled away from Tim Howard's despairing dive and found the top left-hand corner.

Wenger delighted after Arsenal rout

Denilson proved equally useful at the other end minutes later when Marouane Fellaini muscled himself some room in a crowded penalty area to allow him to head Leighton Baines's right-wing corner goalwards but the Brazilian was well-placed on the line to punt clear.

It was to be a costly miss for the home side for in Arsenal's next attack Robin van Persie swung a right-wing free-kick to the far post where Vermaelen had found space round the back to double the visitors' lead with a header into the far corner.

It was a harsh lesson, but one Everton failed to heed for barely five minutes later another Van Persie free-kick, this time from the left, found Gallas unmarked in front of goal and with the simplest task to glance his header in.

Any fight David Moyes may have drummed up in his side at half-time was knocked out of them two minutes into the second half as Van Persie fed Fabregas through on goal and his shot found its way under the onrushing Howard and into the net.

No positives for Moyes after 6-1 defeat

The Spanish midfielder - the creative force at Arsenal's heart - showed just why he is so coveted by European champions Barcelona when he scampered through and struck a low drive into the bottom left corner for his second and the Gunners' fifth.

Eduardo, making his Premier League return after his lengthy absence through injury as a late substitute, got himself in on the act when he found himself in the right place to tap in a simple sixth for the Gunners.

Andrey Arshavin's toe-poke had struck a post and fallen at the Croatian's feet leaving the easiest of finishes.

Everton introduced Saha in an attempt to register a presence on the scoreline, and while the French forward did indeed side-foot in a goal after Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia had parried a shot from Steven Pienaar, it was far too late to garner any respectability for the home side.


Everton manager David Moyes:

"You deal with it and you move on so we'll look it at it and try to do better next time.

"We have to pick ourselves up quickly.

"There's no positives you can take out. We didn't play well today and we have to take the blame.

"We've had pre-season problems but mainly because we haven't been able to get players playing."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"You have to accept that one game is only one game, what is important is that we have the desire and believe in our qualities.

"Everybody in our team can score goals and everybody likes to go forward so when things go for us like today, anyone can score.

"The Champions League (against Celtic on Tuesday) is a big game for us and we know we need a positive performance."

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 1-6 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-3)
  • Saha 90+2
  • Denilson 26
  • Vermaelen 37
  • Gallas 41
  • Fabregas 48
  • Fabregas 69
  • Eduardo 88

Everton

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: HalseyAtt: 39,309
EVERTON
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Everton 44%
  • Arsenal 56%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 5
  • Arsenal 9

Attempts off target

  • Everton 3
  • Arsenal 6

Corners

  • Everton 4
  • Arsenal 9

Fouls

  • Everton 11
  • Arsenal 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:27 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:48 Foul by Leighton Baines on Andrey Arshavin, free kick awarded. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:27 Assist on the goal came from Steven Pienaar.
  • 90:00+1:27 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 6 Arsenal Louis Saha scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-6 Arsenal.
  • 90:00+1:25 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 90:00+0:10 Corner taken right-footed by Emmanuel Eboue to the near post, clearance made by Louis Saha.
  • 87:56 The assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
  • 87:56 GOAL - Da Silva EduardoEverton 0 - 6 Arsenal Da Silva Eduardo finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 0-6 Arsenal.
  • 87:52 Effort from inside the area by Andrey Arshavin hits the post.
  • 85:01 Alexandre Song Billong fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:39 Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 84:08 Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dan Gosling. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.
  • 79:54 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line played to the near post, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 78:54 Louis Saha has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 78:17 Da Silva Eduardo has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 76:46 The offside flag is raised against Da Silva Eduardo. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 75:12 Louis Saha has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 74:48 Bacary Sagna challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:12 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 73:39 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in. Corner taken by Emmanuel Eboue from the left by-line played to the near post, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
  • 71:48 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Pienaar, save made by Manuel Almunia.
  • 71:48 Substitution Robin van Persie leaves the field to be replaced by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 71:48 Substitution Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 71:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 70:15 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 68:57 The assist for the goal came from Manuel Almunia.
  • 68:57 GOAL - Francesc FabregasEverton 0 - 5 Arsenal Francesc Fabregas fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 0-5 Arsenal.
  • 68:41 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
  • 67:53 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Alexandre Song Billong results in a free kick. Louis Saha restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:30 Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 64:10 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 62:27 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner goes off and Emmanuel Eboue comes on.
  • 61:11 Shot from just outside the area by Jack Rodwell misses to the right of the target.
  • 60:02 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Steven Pienaar, save made by Manuel Almunia.
  • 59:35 Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:12 Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
  • 57:12 Substitution Dan Gosling replaces Tony Hibbert.
  • 57:12 Substitution Jack Rodwell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joao Alves Jo.
  • 57:12 Substitution Louis Saha replaces Leon Osman.
  • 57:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Song Billong on Steven Pienaar.
  • 55:24 Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Joao Alves Jo makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, clearance by Phil Neville.
  • 54:16 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line to the near post, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 52:45 Robin van Persie challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 49:37 Gael Clichy takes a shot. Leon Osman gets a block in.
  • 47:23 The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.
  • 47:23 GOAL - Francesc FabregasEverton 0 - 4 Arsenal Goal scored by Francesc Fabregas from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-4 Arsenal.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:08 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:39 Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Francesc Fabregas has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
  • 44:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joao Alves Jo. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:06 Alexandre Song Billong concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:12 Assist on the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.
  • 40:12 GOAL - William GallasEverton 0 - 3 Arsenal William Gallas grabs a headed goal from close in. Everton 0-3 Arsenal.
  • 39:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Joseph Yobo. The ball is crossed by Francesc Fabregas,
  • 38:34 Phil Neville fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Joseph Yobo takes the free kick.
  • 37:21 Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:25 Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.
  • 36:25 GOAL - Thomas VermaelenEverton 0 - 2 Arsenal Thomas Vermaelen grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Everton 0-2 Arsenal.
  • 35:41 Leighton Baines challenges Nicklas Bendtner unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Robin van Persie,
  • 34:45 Robin van Persie is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
  • 33:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Joseph Yobo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:13 The official flags Marouane Fellaini offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 32:27 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:50 Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
  • 30:54 The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick.
  • 30:04 Robin van Persie delivers the ball, Joseph Yobo gets a block in. Andrey Arshavin takes the inswinging corner, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 29:14 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 27:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Phil Neville. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 25:35 The assist for the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.
  • 25:35 GOAL - Neves DenilsonEverton 0 - 1 Arsenal Neves Denilson finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 24:52 Unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 23:33 Thomas Vermaelen is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
  • 22:29 Neves Denilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 20:04 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by William Gallas results in a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 17:38 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joao Alves Jo. Indirect free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 16:23 Foul by Phil Neville on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Robin van Persie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, comfortable save by Tim Howard.
  • 11:34 Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
  • 9:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Tim Cahill. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:39 Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 7:54 Nicklas Bendtner produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 6:46 The referee blows for offside against Steven Pienaar. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.
  • 5:37 The offside flag is raised against Marouane Fellaini. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:41 Bacary Sagna challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Premier League results

15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan R
Blackburn 0-2 Man City R
Bolton 0-1 Sunderland R
Chelsea 2-1 Hull R
Everton 1-6 Arsenal R
Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham R
Stoke 2-0 Burnley R
Wolverhampton 0-2 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 1 5 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Stoke 1 2 3
4 West Ham 1 2 3
5 Wigan 1 2 3
6 Chelsea 1 1 3
7 Fulham 1 1 3
8 Sunderland 1 1 3
9 Birmingham 0 0 0
10 Liverpool 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Tottenham 0 0 0
13 Hull 1 -1 0
14 Bolton 1 -1 0
15 Portsmouth 1 -1 0
16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
18 Burnley 1 -2 0
19 Wolverhampton 1 -2 0
20 Everton 1 -5 0

see also
Hughes defends chase for Lescott
16 Aug 09 |  Man City
Saturday football as it happened
15 Aug 09 |  Football
Premier League photos
15 Aug 09 |  Premier League



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