By Avenell Dave
When a young player gets booked for an innocuous tackle after only four minutes and then a number of seemingly more rash tackles by opponents go unpunished, you know it's going to be a long night.
I Tweeted soon after Jack Wilshere's ridiculous caution, which made him far less effective for the rest of the game, that Lee Mason was bound to get a big decision wrong on the basis of his early display, and that it would cost us.
Everyone agrees that Louis Saha was offside. Anyone who says that Laurent Koscielny's attempted interception played the forward onside, misses the point.
When the ball was PLAYED, before Koscielny had even touched it, the assistant should have raised his flag and called the offside.
The manner of our victory, refusing in the second half to be bullied an imposing our game on Everton rather than resorting to their standards, speaks volumes for the hunger of this side and makes you wonder why they couldn't be as determined in earlier games, such as the N London derby.
Even Abou Diaby, who is not good enough, did a fair job in midfield when he replaced the injured Alex Song and the fire shown by Andrey Arshavin, as Graham McNorthbank said earlier, gives hope that we may not miss Samir Nasri too much in the next few weeks.
Sad news about Lukasz Fabianski that he may miss the rest of the season, just as he was establishing himself.
Wojciech Szcsesny has perhaps his most uncertain game last night. Yes, he had little to do and could not be expected to have saved Saha's fine shot, but he looked anxious and nervous. He's supposed to be a cocky kid, so let's see more of that please, Sir.
Rumours abound that Sakho may be on his way to the club in the summer - but on the basis of last night, do we need him?
Koscielny has had a fine few weeks after a mixed start and with TV4 coming back, we have three fine central defenders and one sub in Seb Squillaci. Do we need four top top draw centre-backs? I don't think so.
Especially with Kyle Bartley coming back in the summer with a decent level of intensity at Rangers which is bound to help his development and get used to big game atmospheres.
And there are no bigger games than those that include The Arsenal.
Let's hope Song and Theo Walcott's injuries aren't too tricky - and get ready to pile more misery on the Geordies on Saturday...