Arsenal 1 Everton 1 – Toffees take a point from the Emirates
The Gunners were denied the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after substitute Gerard Deulofeu scored an 85th minute equaliser after Mesut Ozil had previously looked to have snatched the win for Arsenal.
December 8th, 2013
Everton deserved a point from a pulsating encounter which saw the Toffees enjoy plenty of possession, with Ross Barkley looking especially impressive in midfield and causing the hosts plenty of food for thought.
Although the visitors didn’t create too many chances of note, they probed away throughout the ninety minutes, with the Gunners only starting to look dangerous towards the end of the first half, with Olivier Giroud coming close to scoring.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Arsene Wenger making a triple substitution on the 70-minute mark and the introduced players were to make an impact, with Tomas Rosicky’s cross headed towards goal by Theo Walcott, with Ozil sweeping the ball home after Giroud had missed.
It looked as though Roberto Martinez’s team were going to be cruelly denied, although smart play from Barkley saw Oviedo set up Deulofeu to claim a point, while Romelu Lukaku burst through in the final minute only to blaze over the bar when his team-mates were crying out for the ball.
England manager Roy Hodgson will have been impressed by Barkley’s contribution, while Phil Jagielka was rock-like in central defence for Everton. The Toffees stay fifth in the table and have taken four points from visits to Old Trafford and the Emirates. Arsenal are now top by five points but six clear of Manchester City and thirteen ahead of United.