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Sunday 8 December 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance 60,001

Arsenal
  • Mesut Özil (80)
Arsenal
1 - 1
Everton
  • Gerard Deulofeu (84)
Everton

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Arsenal missed the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League as Gerard Deulofeu's late goal earned Everton a 1-1 draw.

Arsene Wenger's men failed to take full advantage of Chelsea's shock 3-2 loss at Stoke City on Saturday, although they did extend their lead on their London rivals – and Liverpool – to five points at Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona loanee Deulofeu struck with six minutes remaining as Everton ended an excellent week, which also featured victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, on a high.

The visitors controlled the first half but lacked a cutting edge and, in an end-to-end second period, Arsenal looked to have secured three points when Mesut Ozil converted from close range in the 80th minute.

However, substitute Deulofeu – who was introduced just five minutes before scoring – had other ideas, firing past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to rescue a point.

Olivier Giroud almost found a dramatic winner for Arsenal, firing a long-range effort against the crossbar deep into stoppage time.

Giroud and Jack Wilshere returned to Arsenal's starting XI, while ex-Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs also came in.

Everton were unchanged and carried on where they had left off against United on Wednesday, dominating the early stages with their short, sharp passing.

For all Everton's superiority, they did not muster a clear-cut chance, with Ross Barkley, Sylvain Distin and Kevin Mirallas all failing to hit the target from their side's most promising forays forward.

Kieran Gibbs came agonisingly close to connecting with a teasing Santi Cazorla cross at the other end in the 27th minute.

Arsenal finally awoke from their slumber in the final five minutes of the first half, and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was forced to rush off his line to initially save from Giroud before also denying Aaron Ramsey.

The second half saw far more chances on goal, with Cazorla first to go close when he headed straight at Howard after a clever Wilshere flick.

Steven Pienaar – set free by a Barkley backheel – then forced Szczesny into a flying save, before an acrobatic Ramsey volley, that looked to be creeping in, was kept out by Howard.

Barkley shot at Szczesny as the final 20 minutes approached, while Arsenal manager Wenger opted to make a triple substitution, introducing Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini as he went for victory.

Flamini almost made an immediate impact, shooting just wide, before Mirallas and Distin went close at the other end for Everton.

Ozil gave Arsenal the lead when he converted a Walcott knock-down from a Rosicky cross, but the hosts were in front for just four minutes as Barkley's run and Bryan Oviedo's cross set up Deulofeu, who produced a powerful finish.

Flamini and Romelu Lukaku also had late chances before Giroud went even closer with a spectacular attempt from distance at the death.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a very intense game and you have to say, Everton was a very good side today. They gave us a difficult time, especially in the first half-our. After that, we had the better control but they remained always dangerous on counter-attacks.

"The regret that we have tonight is that at 1-0 with seven minutes left, we are pegged back to 1-1. But it is a point and you can say that it is a logical result."

"It [a point] is not bad to take. Overall, ideally we wanted seven but at least we got five points [in front of Liverpool and Chelsea]. It gives you a little bit of cushion to play in a serene way against the other teams.

"It is important that we recover and we have a difficult task in Naples. Then we go to Manchester City on Saturday morning."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "The performance – I couldn't be happier. The only bit of criticism is you need to take your chances – in the final third we were not ruthless enough. But I am really, really pleased. The character is really strong.

"We conceded really late from an unlikely source but we didn't accept defeat.The draw was a fair result. For long spells we frustrated Arsenal and looked like the home team. The players deserve huge credit."

"It is vital to have that blend [of youth and experience]. If you have eleven 19-year-olds you wouldn't be competitive. It is a perfect blend, you need to have a team that balances each other."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 5.97 6.33
6. Laurent Koscielny 6.38 6.08
4. Per Mertesacker 6.39 6.37
28. Kieran Gibbs 4.94 6.16
25. Carl Jenkinson 5.26 5.75
10. Jack Wilshere 6.22 6.54
11. Mesut Özil 7.8 7.44
8. Mikel Arteta 6.27 6.01
16. Aaron Ramsey 7.97 7.68
19. Santiago Cazorla 6.21 6.72
12. Olivier Giroud 6.45 7.05
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. Nacho Monreal 4.13 5.39
20. Mathieu Flamini 6.57 6.22
21. Lukasz Fabianski 4.5 5.0
5. Thomas Vermaelen 5.44 5.4
23. Nicklas Bendtner 4.38 5.74
14. Theo Walcott 7.3 6.88
7. Tomas Rosicky 7.12 6.2
Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Tim Howard 7.21 6.18
23. Seamus Coleman 7.25 6.77
6. Phil Jagielka 6.9 5.82
8. Bryan Oviedo 5.95 5.91
15. Sylvain Distin 4.78 5.73
20. Ross Barkley 6.75 6.75
16. James McCarthy 5.65 5.83
11. Kevin Mirallas 5.47 6.21
22. Steven Pienaar 5.4 5.75
18. Gareth Barry 5.37 6.12
17. Romelu Lukaku 6.72 7.21
Substitutes All Fans BFR
21. Leon Osman 5.6 5.44
1. Joel Robles 1.4 3.66
14. Steven Naismith 4.25 5.5
26. John Stones 2.5 4.93
7. Nikica Jelavic 3.0 5.24
10. Gerard Deulofeu 7.89 6.16
5. Johnny Heitinga 3.67 4.38

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