Carlo Ancelotti hailed an important result after Everton buried a 25-year hoodoo on Arsenal's home turf, admitting that his side was perhaps fortunate to take all three points but pointing out that they arguably deserved more against the likes of Crystal Palace and Tottenham in recent games.
Bernd Leno's 76th-minute clanger and an excellent late save by Jordan Pickford handed the Blues their first win at the Emirates and their first away to the Gunners since 1996 and moved them back to within three points of fourth place.
“It was a good result; an important result because we are still attached to the top of the table,” Ancelotti smiled afterwards. “It is what we needed. I said before we need to keep fighting.
“The team played a good game. We had difficulties in the game but we tried to play and had some good opportunities. Defensively we were good so I'm satisfied with the performance.
“I think, honestly, it was a draw. Arsenal had more control of the ball. We were good defensively and in the first half we were not so clinical with possession.
“So, honestly, it was a draw but that can happen. Last game we played against Tottenham I think we deserved to win. Against Crystal Palace we deserved to win so today we got the points we lost against Palace and Tottenham.”
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1 Posted 24/04/2021 at 00:17:59
2 Posted 24/04/2021 at 00:34:24
He'd even put Salah to shame, and that says it all.
3 Posted 24/04/2021 at 02:44:55
4 Posted 24/04/2021 at 04:54:45
Carlo seems realistic unlike some of our past managers...
Can we scrape and crawl over the finishing line...and into Europe..
As always, TW is full of differing opinions... makes me laugh that Holgate in some eyes is now the new whipping boy and, at the same time, local lad our Tom is getting plaudits for being on the bench
At least TW is more entertaining than some of the games... so I hear.
5 Posted 24/04/2021 at 05:55:33
6 Posted 24/04/2021 at 08:18:22
Well done, boys!
7 Posted 24/04/2021 at 08:42:14
8 Posted 24/04/2021 at 09:22:21
Arsenal without Aubameyang and Lacazette are toothless and not much threat. We didnt do enough creatively at all to really trouble them, which continues to be a major issue for us.
It shouldnt be lost on anyone that the goal came from Richarlison beating the full back and firing the cross in from the byline. Having the capability to do that always, without fail, gets many goals. I couldnt care that it was a Leno error , the goal came from excellent play by Richie beating his man and firing it in , this good play forced the error .
How often do we see that from us this season ? Id like to see us sign a player this summer who can do that regularly. A good bit of acceleration and pace, accompanied by technical skill and control. We need more offensively and we have to spend well getting this player.
9 Posted 24/04/2021 at 13:34:36
Compare that to Klipperty today saying everyone needs to get over it and calm down.
A points deduction would never seem so appropriate.
10 Posted 24/04/2021 at 13:40:50
It's not showing in the Premier League table, we only got three.
11 Posted 24/04/2021 at 13:51:09
Such a likeable man, I do hope he pulls it together over summer.
12 Posted 24/04/2021 at 15:55:26
22 years without a win at Liverpool
13 years without a win at Tottenham
All 3 put to bed in one season.
13 Posted 24/04/2021 at 20:39:26
And yes, I like Carlo Ancelotti. I think he fits Everton like a glove.
14 Posted 25/04/2021 at 00:09:20
15 Posted 25/04/2021 at 00:14:03
You know the penalty was ridiculous when even Souness says so.
16 Posted 25/04/2021 at 02:38:03
He is changing the mentality of the club.
18 Posted 25/04/2021 at 07:01:37
The "penalty" seemed to be a case of referees being told to clamp down on any contact that isn't stand up, face to face, 5-a-side tackling with or without intent and while Richarlison's boot did come into contact with the Arsenal player's shin, he seemed to take another step and then realize what had occurred and took the dive followed by the obligatory rolling around holding the offended part as though only a blast on the magic whistle could heal it.
Then we had the dubious couple of minutes trying to decide which player's sleeve was further beyond which side of an imaginary line which in years gone by would have been merely a matter of if there were two opposition players wholly between him and the goal and while the referee might have let it go, VAR could have judged offside or not within seconds, although it may also have changed our goal.
And while I'm at it, does anyone remember from the late '60s, early 70's, a skinny little Ref with a moustache, Hill, Hunt or Hurst, who apparently used the most foul language (that none of us would be allowed to use on TW) but could keep up with the game and had the utmost respect of the players?
Personally, I'd swap VAR for two more Linespersons(?) even if the cost of extra changing rooms might be an extra financial strain on those of ESL persuasion.
19 Posted 25/04/2021 at 07:44:42
I watched a little bit of Leeds - Liverpool, the other night Alan J, and the Leeds fullback dived after overrunning the ball on the halfway line, and ended up getting the Liverpool player booked. It was a disgraceful decision, and the Leeds player was still laughing at how bad the ref was 30 seconds later,and these are the type of things that retrospective should be brought into football for imo, to help us get rid of the cheats
20 Posted 25/04/2021 at 07:46:17
I am always an advocate of giving ex Blues a great reception when returning but one character I have never warmed to since his departure from us is Mikel Arteta.
Beloved as a player for us as a very classy player but after leaving for Arsenal has not shown the slightest inkling of affection for his former Club (unless I have missed something!).
I remember his first match against us for Arsenal and my abiding memory is of him brandishing imaginary cards at the ref to get his former team mates booked or sent off. Maybe I was expecting too much but I never like to see this let alone against former colleagues/friends.
Think he is holding onto his job at Arsenal by his fingertips. He certainly looked under pressure with his interview after the game. No respect for us at all. Carlo looked positively Top Class with his wry take on the issues and result.
21 Posted 25/04/2021 at 08:02:40
22 Posted 25/04/2021 at 08:22:24
23 Posted 29/04/2021 at 16:40:59
24 Posted 29/04/2021 at 17:42:41
I remember Dave Whelan, later of Wigan fame, in the FA Cup final for Blackburn against Wolves (1960 or 64) claiming that a goal shouldn't have been given as the scorer was offside as he was behind the goal line and therefore couldn't have been keeping him onside as he wasn't on the field of play. The Ref later said that he didn't have his permission to leave the field therefore he must have still been on it. But then I suppose that comes under cricket's, "if in the opinion of the Umpire".
I still believe it should never have been changed to begin with and that there should be two defenders between the attacker and the goal rather than online/level with a defender.
25 Posted 05/05/2021 at 12:58:08
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