There was a period after Everton’s opener, as the chaos that tends to follow goals descended, when one couldn’t help but wonder whether this would end in another Arsenal collapse. Yet this game will be remembered for it’s contrast with Arsenal’s 3-0 loss in the corresponding fixture last season. This time Arsenal came back. This time Arsenal had character. Here are the THREE things we learned from Everton v Arsenal:
Stones excelled when deputising for the injured Jagielka last term, so much so that many speculated as to whether he would keep his place in central defence. Martinez included Stones at right-back for their opening fixture but Coleman’s performance against Arsenal would suggest that Stones is going to have to be patient for his next run in the team.
No surprises in the Everton team – Mirallas and Coleman for McGeady and Stones. Very confident. Until I see the Arsenal team….
— The Twilight Kone (@ViewFromGwladys) August 23, 2014
I see Calum Chambers and John Stones as England's future starting centre backs and they're both 19 as well
— TJ Bass (@BassBraga) August 23, 2014
Mesut Ozil is no orthodox winger but can be effective out wide once he’s not expected to do too much defending. Why Wenger then chose to pick the German here when facing a marauding full-back in Coleman is unknown. It’s beginning to feel like the Arsenal is going to have to play the German in his favoured No. 10 role or not at all.
Didn't sign Cesc cause we have Ozil, then you play Ozil left mid??
— Mark (@OPMMark16) August 23, 2014
Having Ozil on the left means he is less effective as an attacking force and makes us susceptible to opposition attacks down that flank. Mad
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) August 23, 2014
I didn't even realise Ozil was playing until he was at fault for the first goal
— Bobby Faghihi (@BobbyFaghihi) August 23, 2014
Arsene Wenger cited ‘World Cup fatigue’ in his explanation of why he’d left Giroud on the bench again but this is a hard reason to accept when those, such as Mesut Ozil, who went further into the competition and are back in the starting line-up. Giroud may not be the striker that many Arsenal feel they need but he’s certainly the best one they’ve got.
Say what you will, Arsenal looked a much better side when Wenger took Sanchez off for Giroud. Could prove a crucial point in the run in.
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) August 23, 2014
We weren’t good, but not found wanting in terms of character. Giroud made a big difference second half. Decent point all things considered
— arseblog (@arseblog) August 23, 2014
Public apology time – Thank you Giroud !!
— Arsenal News (@_arsenal__news) August 23, 2014