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Arsenal left frustrated by resilient Everton

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The huge clash delivered everything it promised after a tense day at the Emirates stadium. Both teams gave it their all and cancelled each other out with equally fool-hardy displays.

Everton were undeniably the better team from kick-off; they played with a fearless ferocity at a turn of pace that really exposed an uncharacteristically timid looking Arsenal.

The great Belgian beast Romelu Lukaku always looked dangerous and more than capable of causing the north London side problems from the start.

The only criticism one could give of Everton during the first half hour of play was that the Toffee's failed to capitalise on their dominance with an all important goal.

Arsenal's central defenders were one of the few positives for Arsenal, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny making a match-saving performance right through to the final whistle. 

The Gunners eventually sprang to life during the last fifteen minutes of the half, but it was too little too late with Everton's Tim Howard on top form.

Arsenal also took the initiative from kick-off with their strongest spell during the whole match shortly after half-time and put Everton under pressure despite lack lustre displays from the Gunners' midfield.  

Arsenal's midfield maestros Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla looked out of sorts, out of legs, and out of mind.

Whether the problem was down to fatigue, brilliant play from Everton's defensive midfield or simply a bad day at the office is anyone's guess. Their substitutions three quarters of the way through the match came as no surprise.

Theo Walcott's late inclusion was however, a much needed breath of fresh air into the Arsenal team with the England man providing a vital outlet for the Gunners.

For much of the match Everton refused to bow to pressure from the north London club and always looked dangerous on the counter with Lukaku continuing his great form from the first half.

Eventually Everton gave in and Ozil's eightieth minute tap in came with the celebration of a team that looked as if they had just secured the Premier league title.

The sheer relief on the Arsenal players' faces showed just how hard fought the goal was.

Credit must go to Walcott who used his electrifying pace to get on the end of a Rosicky through-ball, serving up the ball on a plate with his head to the German star. 

Four minutes later and the Gunners came crashing down to earth with a superb individual effort from on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu.

Both teams had the chance to earn a winner in the final few minutes of the game with the most spectacular being a long-range effort hitting the post from Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. 

Everton were on top form against the league leaders. Arsenal simply were not up to their best and will be especially frustrated at losing the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points. Overall, a point was a fair result.

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