Easy Win for Arsenal as Everton Heap Woe on Boro
Given Burnley’s reputation as giant killers in cup competitions this year, Arsenal may feel a deep sense of relief at how comfortable their progress was on Sunday. They now face Hull in the 6th round for the right to play Chelsea in a London derby in the semi-final.
A goal from Vela in the first half was supplemented by additions from Eduardo and Eboue in the second to give the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 win.
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Boro seemed to be in good shape at Goodison after ending the first half with a 1-0 lead thanks to a David Wheater header. Whatever Everton’s Scottish boss said to his troops at half-time though worked wonders. Within four minutes of the restart Everton were level, and within ten, they were ahead.
The man with the wild hair, Marouane Fellaini, won an uncontested header after Tim Cahill won an uncontested cross, both in Boro’s six yard box for the 49th minute equaliser, before substitute Louis Saha rose unmarked for the winner six minutes later. Much as this makes Moyes look an inspirational genius, Boro fans will be asking what Garteh Southgate said at half-time that triggered such an easy cave-in. Southgate was an international centre-half as a player and that his side lost goals from situations which should be defended by centre-halves will prompt further questions about his coaching.
Boro are now second bottom of the EPL. They lie two points behind Portsmouth who are in the safety position of 17th. The two sides meet on March 14th at the Riverside in what looks to be a crunch game for Middlesbrough. After that they visit fellow strugglers Stoke City and two defeats would almost certainly force the Boro board to act.