Bendtner, Muamba and more: Twitter reacts as Everton stun Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner and Fabrice Muamba both tweet their thoughts after Arsenal are beaten 3-0 by top-four rivals Everton
Everton took a step towards beating Arsenal to Champions League qualification after a convincing 3-0 victory over the Gunners at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Goals from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku handed the Toffees a 2-0 lead in the first half, before Mikel Arteta’s own-goal capped a miserable afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s side, who are now just a point above Everton having played a game more.
Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off inevitably prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order.
Former Everton striker Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) tweets his delight as the home side take the lead: “Yesssssssss great ball by Bazza and well followed up by #Naismith that will defo settle the nerves. @TC4Academy #COYB”
Ex-Sunderland man Michael Gray (@mickygray33) questions the Gunners’ desire: “Everton want this more than Arsenal right now.. Much better side #EFCvAFC”
Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) is not happy as Lukaku makes it 2-0: “Superb goal. All the pace, power and clinical finishing we don’t have. #EFCvAFC”
Former Norwich man Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) is impressed by the Toffees: “What a great goal that is, Everton are all over Arsenal ! #SuperSunday”
Chelsea forward Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) is delighted for Lukaku: “Great goal my mate @RomeluLukaku9 You deserve it!”
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) is not enjoying the game: “Come on lads show a bit of fight. Be proud to wear that shirt. This is a cup final, don’t worry about wembley! #frustrating”
Morgan (@piersmorgan) chimes in again at the break to vent his anger: “Another shameful 1st half performance vs a Top5 team. Yet still many Arsenal fans cry: ‘Wenger forever!’ Ridiculous. #WengerOut”
Wigan’s James McArthur (@jamesmcarthur16) takes aim at Wojciech Szczesny: “Don’t think there will be any selfies today #arsenal v #everton”
Golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) is unimpressed: “Nice to see Arsenal playing some quality football. 2-0 down at Everton. It’s ok it only champions league. #WhataJoke”
Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) gives his view of proceedings: “Arsenal weak,disorganised, lack leaders.haven’t tried a leg in front of their fans.”
As Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) praises Everton’s performance: “Everton look bigger, stronger, technically better more motivated..better drilled.. Where do Arsenal go from here?.. #EvertonvsArsenal”
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) keeps it short and simple: “Disappointing afternoon!”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) assesses the damage for the Gunners: “Arsene Wenger’s worst nightmare; Win the FA Cup, but finish 5th.”
Former Bolton and Arsenal midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) accepts that the Toffees deserved the win: “The best team won the game. Well done Everton. 4th position really look under threat for Arsenal”
Ex-goalkeeper Shaka Hislop (@ShakaHislop) has been won over by the Merseysiders: “I wanna be an Everton fan. Can I please be an Everton fan? Is that how this fan thing works??”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) reserves special praise for the man of the match: “Ross Barkley is asking the England manager many a questions with his performances of late – “are you ready for me” being one of them!!”
The Everton youngster himself (@RBarkley20) is thrilled: “What a result that was”
As is striker Lukaku (@RomeluLukaku9): “What a win! Congrats to my partners! The road is long but we’re on the right track!”
And finally, Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) is full of praise for Toffees boss Roberto Martinez: “Got to say before this season I wasn’t to sure about Martinez. I thought he was fortunate as in terms of he always had a great second half of a season so people talked about him in the summers. If you swapped it around and his first half of season was great and second half poor”