Arteta wheels away in celebration after stealing 2 points off of Man Utd with a stoppage time goal!
Eight games, 26 goals, countless incidents of excitement as the EPL gears into full-flow! Man Utd dropped two points away at Everton without their main man after conceding two late goals in a 3-3 draw. Champions Chelsea took full advantage by disposing of the luckless West Ham Utd. 3-1, while Arsenal stayed in the mix of things up there after eventually overcoming Bolton 4-1.
Elsewhere, the impressive Blackpool won 2-0 away at Newcastle and Spurs warmed up for their Champions League debut by drawing 1-1 with West Brom! The millions of Man City whipped a poor Liverpool into shape a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t cash well-spent today as they were also held to a 1-1 draw.
EVERTON 3-3 MANCHESTER UNITED
Man Utd. lost out on 2 points, lost more vital ground on Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as some of their pride to their Merseyside rivals. But they didn’t lose their talismanic WAYNE ROONEY, who was left out of the squad of 18 for today’s match after allegations of an affair. Also, he always gets a grilling whenever he returns to boyhood club Everton, which was Sir Alex’s excuse of the day. Lets face it, he would’ve feared for his life had he played in Merseyside today.
In terms of the football, Utd. did well. They still had a strong line up containing Nani, Berbatov, Scholes and Giggs and always looked a threat on the break. Everton matched them equally for most of the first half though, utilising Pienaar, Cahill, Fellaini and Jagielka effectively. The home side took the lead with a STEVEN PIENAAR tap in after poor defending just before the break, but their own defending was even worse (Distin!) after DARREN FLETCHER notched an equaliser just two minutes later. Fair score at the break, but for those who didn’t want Rooney’s absence to disturb the Devils, well…
The second half was classic EPL stuff. Utd. came out and dominated after the break and go 3-1 on the hour, as first NEMANJA VIDIC headed in, and then DIMITAR BERBATOV showed just how shit Distin really is. 3-1, game over. Right? No. Everton offered very little in the second half. TIM CAHILL’S stoppage time equaliser looked like a consolation but MIKEL ARTETA showed his team’s never-say-die attitude as he scored a minute later to draw 3-3. It was definitely two points lost, and not one gained for the Mancs. They’ll have Rio, Rooney and a few others back soon, but my, how an affair-scandal can influence proceedings so much. That as well as Jonny Evans’ crap defending! Everton are picking themselves up. They have undoubted quality and its good to see that they save it for big days and big games. Their average players (Distin!) and poor consistancy bring them down. Watch them lose next week…!
Man-Of-The-Match: TIM CAHILL (Everton)
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