Everton 2 (Coleman 19, Naismith 45) – Arsenal 2 (Ramsey 83, Giroud 90)
Man of the Match – James McCarthy (Everton)
Arsenal scraped a late point at Goodison Park, having been 2-0 down at half time. Having been trounced 3-0 on their last visit to the Goodison, this visit seemed no different as the Gunners struggled to get a good hold of the game.
Everton looked the better side for majority of the match, and were able to foray past the Gunners’ midfield and defence with relative ease. Coleman capitalized on some poor defending, as a free-kick was played to Gareth Barry, who only had to look up and spot Lukaku and Coleman, who ran in unchallenged to head home the opening goal. Mirallas almost made it 2-0 moments later, having been set up by Naismith, but his shot went narrowly wide.
Alexis, playing as a central striker, looked incapable of fashioning chances, while Mesut Ozil looked like a complete shadow of himself. Everton were 2-0 ahead before half-time, as Romelu Lukaku out-muscled Per Mertesacker and Callum Chambers before setting up Steven Naismith.
Olivier Giroud was bought in place of the ineffective Sanchez, and Arsenal looked more potent in attack immediately, with the French forward leading the line. He had a couple of chances, before forcing Tim Howard into his first save of the match in the 69th minute. Arsenal struck on 83 minutes when Aaron Ramsey pulled one back, and the Gunners’ persistence finally paid off when Olivier Giroud beat Sylvain Distin to head home a Nacho Monreal cross.
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