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Arsenal 1-1 Everton

Gerard Deulofeu scores for Everton

Substitute Gerard Deulofeu's late strike earned Everton a draw and denied Arsenal a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The 19-year-old smashed past Wojciech Szczesny from inside the box to cancel out Mesut Ozil's close-range finish.

Arsene Wenger

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Wenger encouraged by Everton draw

Everton's Tim Howard had earlier denied Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, before Szczesny thwarted Kevin Mirallas.

Giroud hit the bar in injury-time, but the point moves Arsenal five clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who was relegated with Wigan on his last visit to the Emirates, praised his side's "lack of fear" in recent matches and Deulofeu's late strike spoke volumes for the Blues' character as they remain the only side with one loss in the Premier League.

Arsenal, who have now led in 13 of their 15 league matches, will be frustrated to have squandered the advantage having battled to break down their visitors with Ozil's fourth league goal of the campaign.

Their manager, Arsene Wenger described the visitors' midweek win over Manchester United as a "warning" for his side, but with the two best defences in the league on show, early chances were sparse despite spells of crisp passing.

Everton, who last won at Arsenal in 1996, enjoyed large bouts of possession and drew protestations from Wenger for the intensity of their pressing without the ball.

Sylvain Distin swiped a volley wide for the visitors, before Ross Barkley, operating behind Romelu Lukaku, fed Mirallas on a breakaway but the Belgian's effort was wasteful.

Martinez described Arsenal's attacking-play as "as good as it gets" in the run up to the fixture and late on in the opening period, Wenger's side began to showcase the guile which had earned them four consecutive wins.

Howard, seeking a fourth successive clean sheet, dived at the feet of Giroud to block after a neat Ramsey pass, before the Arsenal charges reversed roles.

This time Giroud dummied to release the Welshman, but Howard was again swift and brave to block at his feet.

The Gunners started the second period with the intensity their opponents had the first and Carzola headed tamely at Howard after a delightful interchange with Wilshere.

The intricate play was not lost on Martinez's side and Steven Pienaar collected Barkley's confident flick to warm the hands of Szczesny in Arsenal's goal.

Ramsey, whose eight goals make him the Premier League's most potent midfielder, was denied by Howard before the influential Barkley blasted straight at Szczesny at the other end.

After making four changes from the midweek win against Hull, Wenger highlighted the strength of his bench ahead of the match and the introduction of Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini backed up his confidence.

Flamini instantly shot wide, before Rosicky and Walcott combined to present Ozil with the opener.

The German, who now has four goals and six assists in his last 12 Premier League matches, volleyed high past Howard from six-yards, sparking relief amongst home supporters.

Their emotion was soon swung by Deulofeu, who had been on the field just five minutes when he collected a pass inside the area to unleash a shot past Szczesny.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Giroud's volley from 30 yards at the death almost offered a dramatic end to a pulsating final 10 minutes of play, but the ball cannoned back of the angle of post and crossbar to ensure the points were shared.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"It was a good game and Everton played well. Overall it took us time to get into it and in the first 25 minutes they were stronger.

"After that we had three one against ones in the first half and that's the regret I have.

"We didn't take our chances very well and the other regret is that we gave the lead away with seven minutes to go. But credit to them, they always looked dangerous. In the end, we are disappointed to get caught but it's still a point."

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 28Gibbs
  • 16RamseySubstituted forFlaminiat 68'minutes
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 10WilshereSubstituted forRosickyat 68'minutes
  • 8Arteta
  • 12Giroud
  • 11Özil
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forWalcottat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Vermaelen
  • 7Rosicky
  • 14Walcott
  • 17Monreal
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Fabianski
  • 23Bendtner

Everton

  • 24HowardBooked at 77mins
  • 23Coleman
  • 8Oviedo
  • 18BarryBooked at 43mins
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forDeulofeuat 79'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 61mins
  • 17R Lukaku
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forNaismithat 90+3'minutes
  • 22PienaarSubstituted forOsmanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 5Heitinga
  • 7Jelavic
  • 10Deulofeu
  • 14Naismith
  • 21Osman
  • 26Stones
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
60,001

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 1, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Everton 1.

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Ross Barkley.

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leon Osman.

Booking

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, Everton 1. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, Everton 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt missed. Sylvain Distin (Everton) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Osman with a through ball.

Booking

Tim Howard (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Jack Wilshere.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Santiago Cazorla.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

Booking

James McCarthy (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal1511221935
2Liverpool159331630
3Chelsea159331330
4Man City159242629
5Everton15771928
6Tottenham15834-127
7Newcastle15825-126
8Southampton15654523
9Man Utd15645322
10Aston Villa15546-219
11Swansea14536118
12Stoke15456-517
13Hull14527-617
14Norwich15528-1417
15West Brom15366-415
16Cardiff15357-1114
17West Ham15348-613
18Fulham154110-1213
19Crystal Palace154110-1213
20Sunderland152211-188
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