Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.
Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.
Arsenal took on Everton in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Nigel Winterburn and Tim Clark from Arse2Mouse.
Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.
DAN ROEBUCK, PRESENTER
In a game like that, it comes as no surprise that Robin van Persie's moment of pure genius won it for Arsenal. Arsène Wenger's side really should have had the game well and truly put to bed by half time, but a lack of clinical edge in the final third cost them dearly. In the second half it was a much more difficult test for the Gunners. Everton sat deeper, looked tighter and made life a struggle for Arsenal. But yet again that talismanic Dutchman struck - and what a way to win any football match. Did any of us see that coming? You just never rule out anything with him at the moment.
There's no point being down about the midweek defeat in Greece - it was probably the least painful Arsenal defeat I can remember. The only real concern was the injury suffered by Andre Santos but I'm not concerned about Thomas Vermaelen or Ignasi Miquel at left back. I'd probably go for the Belgian - he likes to get forward and will get the opportunity if he deputises for Santos. To be honest we need some forward-thinking on the flanks because Everton will crowd the midfield and make it hard for their old boy Mikel Arteta to pick his passes. The big plus from midweek is that most of Arsenal's key players had a rest so they should not grow tired in the latter stages. It's all about the first goal - if the home side get it I think they will be comfortable winners. If Everton nick a lead, they will make life very difficult.
NIGEL WINTERBURN, STUDIO GUEST
I thought that in the first half Arsenal were terrific and created four or five really good opportunities. They didn't take them though, which was slightly disappointing. The second half was more scrappy for me and it became a bit of a battle. It was a terrific goal by Robin van Persie to win the game and I'm delighted that we can keep pressing on up the league table. We're back in that top four now and long may that continue.
Everton have picked up a little bit of late. They had a couple of wins in succession recently but then lost their last game against Stoke. They've always seemed to be a team who start slowly and then pick up around Christmas time, but the games Arsenal have had against them at the Emirates have been quite difficult. I think they will make it hard for Arsenal to break them down, so I do think we need to get the first goal to force them onto us a little bit. They've had limited money to spend and I do think the one thing they miss is an out-and-out goalscorer.
I think Louis Saha is a very good player but he just doesn't play enough. After that I don't think they've got anybody who's going to provide them with 15-plus goals a season. I think from set plays they can be very dangerous with the likes of Tim Cahill, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jagielka who can all pop up with a goal. Baines could be very dangerous down that left-hand-side and that's where we'll probably see Cahill arriving at the far post where he tends to get a lot of his goals from. But I've got to say an Arsenal victory. They need to keep their momentum going - they've been in good form in the league and I'll go for a 2-1 win.
TIM CLARK, ARSE2MOUSE
It was a privilege to be at the Emirates on a special day, lit up by a very special goal. For a while it had looked like the kind of nuggety game that would either fizzle out to a draw or be settled by a moment of brilliance/calamitous mix-up. Thankfully, we were on the right end of the former. If the performance seemed a little flat at times, I put that down to having to field a back four entirely comprised of centre backs. The one-twos and overlapping runs that are the modern full-back's stock-in-trade make it a truly specialist position, so it's no surprise we lacked a little endeavour. In the end we did get to see Miquel and his spectacular, dare I say noble, trews. I suspect we may see a fair bit more of him over Christmas too. Oh, and a word too on the fans, who were excellent throughout, running through the full Arsenal songbook. If only we could bottle that atmosphere. Eau D'Arsenal, anyone?
Having already blanked out the midweek result like a particularly unsettling cheese dream, it’s back to the far tastier meat and drink of the Premier League. Our record against Everton over recent seasons is better than decent, winning six of the last eight encounters and losing none (thanks, Opta). In terms of team selection, the obvious concern is that we’re now deep into what will eventually come to be known as The Great Full-back Drought of 2011. High on the new medical centre’s agenda must be a solution to stopping them from exploding like Spinal Tap drummers. The smart money - ie not mine - suggests young Spaniard Ignasi Miquel will get the nod at left-back. This will greatly please Arse2Mouse’s better half, as she’s much taken with his hair, which she describes as “glowing”. No argument here. He’s incredibly well-groomed. More pertinently, the boy looks like he can play too, and seems to have a comparatively calm head for one so young. With the other first teamers returning alongside him, and Kos reprising his increasingly impressive stint at right back, I reckon we’ll run out 2-0 winners.
* The views expressed in Talking Heads do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Dec 2011