Arsenal overcome “offside goal” to beat Everton

Arsenal overcame a controversial Everton goal last night thanks to Koscielny and Arshavin to secure 3 points and keep up the pace with Manchester United at the top of the table.

In the 22nd minute Louis Saha was played a pass while in an off-side position from which he scored to put Everton ahead. However referee Lee Mason decided that the goal should stand, wrongly thinking that Koscielny’s touch played the Everton striker onside. Both Arsène Wenger and David Moyes later agreed that the goal should not have stood.

Arsenal were slow to get into the game in the first half in part because of the excellent play by Marouane Fellaini who was overpowering the Arsenal midfield. Although there were some moments when Arsenal managed to break through, a notable example being Van Persie’s excellent back-heel in to the path of Fábregas which the captain shot wide.

Wenger made some changes in the second half bringing on Abou Diaby, Arshavin and Bendtner and Arsenal started to assert more control over the match.

Finally in the 70th minute Fábregas lifted the ball over the defence where Everton’s Jack Rodwell accidentally headed the ball on to a waiting Arshavin. The Russian calmly placed the ball in the back of the neck to level the score.

5 minutes later a Robin Van Persie corner found Koscielny’s head and the defender added another goal to his tally to put Arsenal ahead.

There were some final chances for Theo Walcott and Gaël Clichy but Arsenal couldn’t add to the score. As the game went on Arsenal asserted themselves more and more and deservedly took home the 3 points.

Watch the highlights of Arsenal v Everton here!

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