Tuesday 28 January 2014
Robin van Persie scored a superb injury-time volley to rescue a point for Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Van Persie collected a pass from Abu Diaby on his chest and hammered an unstoppable left-foot shot past Tim Howard for his ninth Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
The point kept Arsenal in fifth place in the table - five points and one spot ahead of Everton.
“When you are 1-0 down with a minute to go and you get a point you are relieved," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "It was a match where two teams gave everything and we showed quality and character. We showed fighting spirit, passion and intensity and Robin scored an exceptional goal."
The Toffees had enjoyed the better of the match and had taken the lead through Tim Cahill in the 61st minute. The midfielder powered a header into the net in the 61st minute, after a cross from Leighton Baines, for his sixth Barclays Premier League goal of the season and 100th of his career in all competitions.
There had been few clear chances for either side before Cahill opened the scoring and the Australian could have doubled the lead in the 82nd minute - but his fierce shot rebounded clear off the chest of Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
"We feel bad because the players were terrific," said Everton manager David Moyes. "We deserved the victory and to have it taken away right at the end is very disappointing. Tim Cahill is doing a magic job for us - he has got a goalscoring record like a centre-forward."
Arsenal comfortably ended the season in fourth place - finishing nine points above fifth-placed Everton.