I honestly do not even know how to interpret the football that took place on Monday night. Like, it seems impossible.
At one point, in our job chat, 90-minute editor Matt O’Connor-Simpson thought, “This is so awful that I’ve put Boreham Wood vs. St Albans.” The boy had a point.
It was a horrible football match for about 40 minutes.
This is a really awful football match
– Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) December 6, 2021
You know your team is absolutely horrible if they play on a Monday night during a Champions League week.
That’s my only comment about Arsenal – Everton. pic.twitter.com/ubTZFacF5a
– Jack Gallagher (@calciolovesjack) December 6, 2021
The only real point of discussion is Ben Godfrey’s – ahem – agricultural quarrel with Takehiro Tomiyasu. The defender caught the Japanese international blushing in the face with his studs and left a dent in his face.
Somehow, even though the incident went to VAR, no further sanction was issued.
Godfrey has just tried to remove Tomiyasu’s face.
– Charles Watts (@charles_watts) December 6, 2021
Godfrey has just intentionally stamped Tomiyasu’s face. No red card. The amount of terrible VAR decisions that go against us is beyond a joke now.
– GoonerTalk (@GoonerTaIk) December 6, 2021
This is ridiculous – how is Godfrey still on the pitch?
– arblog (@arblog) December 6, 2021
Another farcical decision. Everton should be down to ten men, it’s as bad a challenge as you will see. Godfrey a happy boy.
– Harry Symeou (@HarrySymeou) December 6, 2021
One of the stories in the game was Richarlison’s unwillingness to stay on the sidelines. The Brazilian deviated twice beyond the last man and twice his goal was rejected after being analyzed by the video referee.
He first nodded in Andros Townsend’s delivery before shooting in from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.
WHERE Every time Richarlison thinks he has scored https://t.co/iLwyGlnlwD
– Lewis (@ lewishay17) December 6, 2021
richarlison? more like richarlisOFF ??
– Haz ?? (@pubIad) December 6, 2021
If he gets another VAR-subject goal, will Richarlison take the VAR monitor home? #MNF #VAR
– Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) December 6, 2021
But in the midst of all the madness, Arsenal had actually taken the lead just before half-time.
Kieran Tierney, finally returns to the Gunners starting lineup for the first time in several months. ran down to the left to deliver a fantastic cross for Martin Odegaard – his side’s best player of the night – to slip into the start of the match.
Odegaard today: https://t.co/mUrXHMma3z
– ?????. (@__DavidLFC) December 6, 2021
Fantastic from Tierney and Odegaard. ??
– LTArsenal ™ (@ltarsenal) December 6, 2021
Was really so sad for Odegaard, Saka, Ramsdale and especially the away fans. You all deserve better. ? pic.twitter.com/og3EAKXDyl
– AFC_TransferNews (@ABTNews_AFC) December 6, 2021
But while the visitors had the lead, neither side could exercise any control over the match and the next goal felt like it could come anywhere.
With only ten minutes left of regular time, it was Richarlison who made up for his two illicit goals by equalizing and nodding a nod over Aaron Ramsdale after Demarai Gray had hit the crossbar.
Richarlison celebrates offside after his goal. ? pic.twitter.com/6TjG1ljzSC
– 90 min (@ 90min_Football) December 6, 2021
Richarlison with the best hat trick with a goal in Premier League history.
– Arlo White? (@arlowhite) December 6, 2021
Thankfully for the neutral viewer, the drama was not over yet. First, substitute Eddie Nketiah somehow missed a nod from close range, which cost his team the victory when it seemed easier to score …
Eddie Nketiah is not the only reason Arsenal lost, but I have no idea why a player who will leave on a free transfer in six months gets playing time over a highly ranked talent like Folarin Balogun who refused other clubs to sign a long one. -time contract in the club.
– Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) December 6, 2021
I when I see Nketiah produce another disaster class: pic.twitter.com/6dCRiyAsd2
– Matt? ⚪ (@GabiMattinelli) December 6, 2021
It was Arsenal’s big chance and one they had to regret moments later.
Everton, who have been without a win in the Premier League since September, charged forward and it was Gray who proved to be the match winner.
The former Leicester winger burst into an unstoppable drive past Ramsdale in stoppage time, causing Goodison Park to rage just under 20 minutes after the atmosphere had become toxic.
Only 0.02 xG for that image ..
It’s magnificent from Demarai Gray. Did the same at Old Trafford five years ago but it was something else.
– Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 6, 2021
When you see the ball bounce up perfectly for Demarai Gray. pic.twitter.com/XDMO0RHPZy
– Bashy Mc (@bashy_mc) December 6, 2021
From an Arsenal perspective, there can be no excuses. Everton were in a cruel shape and were there to take.
But apart from Odegaard and Saka, their attacking talents did not show up and squander the chances they had, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late miss exacerbating the former clan from Nketiah.
We end with this little carpenter about Arsenal’s goal problems.
Arsenal 21-22: 18 goals in 15 matches Thierry Henry 3 Dec to 04 April: 19 goals in 16 matches
– Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 6, 2021
There is work to be done for Mikel Arteta, but if previous appearances are something to go by, he will have time to put things right. Or maybe not.
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