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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 23 August 2014,

Everton
2
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2
Arsenal
  • Kickoff: 17:30 BST
  • Stadium: Goodison Park
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 39,490
  • 19' Seamus Coleman
  • 45' Steven Naismith
  • 83' Aaron Ramsey
  • 90' Olivier Giroud

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Martinez ready for trial by Gunners

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects his summer's work to be put to the test as Arsenal visit Goodison Park this weekend.

Martinez's side, who finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League last season, opened their new campaign with a 2-2 draw at Leicester last weekend.

Although frustrated to be held to a point, Martinez was pleased with many aspects of the performance and is encouraged for the year ahead.

But he accepts that FA Cup winners Arsenal, who are hoping to mount a stronger title challenge this season, will provide a greater yardstick for his side's position.

The intensity will not drop next week either, with Chelsea travelling to the blue half of Merseyside.

Martinez said: "You need to face this sort of opposition.

"What we saw last weekend is that we are really fluid in possession. The thing we need to change is that mentality to keep going forward and keep scoring goals. We didn't get that cushion that could have given us three points.

"But if you look at the positives of the first half - I am really excited looking at this game.

"It is true that until you play against sides like Arsenal and Chelsea you don't have the answers on the pitch.

"As a team we are ready. I feel pre-season was perfect, a real success.

"Now we have to make sure we are as strong a team as we can be. You can only see that when you face opposition like we are going to face at the weekend."

With a month of last season remaining, Everton sat above Arsenal in fourth place but they faltered and eventually finished seven points behind the Gunners.

This term they hope to sustain a longer challenge for a Champions League spot but Martinez expects the competition to be tighter.

He said: "The league is going to be a lot more open than people think.

"I see five teams with equal chances of winning the title and I think it is going to go come down to small margins. I expect this competition to be the tightest we have ever seen."

Arsenal were involved in midweek action having travelled to Turkey for a Champions League play-off against Besiktas.

Martinez does not think that will affect the Gunners negatively and, having also played in the Community Shield, they may even boast greater match-fitness.

He said: "They have got a big enough squad and the mentality to cope.

"It can be a positive as you can get rid of that rustiness and into a competitive frame of mind straight away.

"Clearly when you are involved in such an important game like in Turkey you see them reaching full levels very quickly and that could be a negative for us.

"It is going to rely heavily on how well we can play."

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson could be back in contention.

The Irishman, who suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage last October, has steadily built his fitness and is thought to be nearing a return.

Right-back Seamus Coleman (hamstring) is also fit after appearing as a late substitute at Leicester last week but striker Arouna Kone (knee) and midfielder Bryan Oviedo (leg) are not yet ready and midfielder Ross Barkley (knee) faces a lengthy lay-off.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy believes Arsenal will be "incredible" once World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski have fully integrated back into the squad.

The German trio are expected to be involved for the first time in the squad for Saturday's evening kick-off at Everton, having returning to London following an extended break after their triumph in Brazil.

Arsenal have made a positive start to the new season, recording victories over Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley and Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League. They also left Istanbul with a goalless draw from the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Besiktas on Tuesday night.

Debuchy, signed from Newcastle earlier in the summer, is confident once Arsenal have all their key men up and running again, they will prove a force to be reckoned with.

"It is fantastic for me to be part of this team. When I see the squad now and I think that Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski are still missing, it is incredible. It is an amazing squad," Debuchy told the September edition of the official Arsenal magazine.

"Playing with them is pure happiness, even at training it is top level.

"You have to give your best all the time because the level required is immense."

Debuchy has settled in quickly at right-back, the B£16million France international filling the void left by the departure of compatriot Bacary Sagna to Manchester City on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old is in no doubt everything is in place at Arsenal to help develop his game.

"This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the one at Arsenal. It is another world," he said.

"Everything here is made to optimise your preparation and you as a player so you can be in the best condition to play and win football games."

Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at Everton in April last season, a result which dented their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Wenger feels his squad have what it takes to produce the required performance away to the Premier League's stronger sides.

"A team is life and life is movement. That means the team doesn't stand still, we move forward and improve," said Wenger, who must do without captain and former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, who will miss the game against his old club because of an ankle problem.

"We have young players, which means that every year they can be better, also the team improves with success, which we had a reasonable (amount of) last year.

"We have a good opportunity on Saturday to show that we have moved forward and that we are stronger than last year.

"It will be interesting, because Everton are a team now flirting with the Champions League places.

"They were close last year. They lost some pivotal games which allowed us to get (back) in front of them after they beat us, but they have the quality, so it is a good, good test."

91'+4

Second Half ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 2.

91'+4

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 95'

91'+4

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 95'

91'+3

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 94'

91'+3

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 94'

91'+3

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 94'

91'+2

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 93'

91'+2

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 93'

91'+1

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'

2 - 2

Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

90'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 90'

89'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 89'

89'

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 89'

89'

Leon Osman (Everton) Free Kick at 89'

88'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 88'

88'

Leon Osman (Everton) Blocked Pass at 88'

88'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 88'

88'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 88'

87'

James McCarthy (Everton) Blocked Pass at 87'

87'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 87'

87'

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

86'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 86'

85'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

85'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 85'

85'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Free Kick at 85'

85'

Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

84'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

2 - 1

Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

83'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 83'

83'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 83'

81'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Throw In at 81'

79'

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

79'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 79'

78'

Aiden McGeady (Everton) Corner Kick at 78'

78'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free Kick at 78'

77'

Mathieu Flamini

77'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Blocked Pass at 77'

76'

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

76'

Aiden McGeady (Everton) Assists Shot at 76'

76'

Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Romelu Lukaku.

74'

Substitution, Arsenal. Joel Campbell replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

74'

Substitution, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla replaces Jack Wilshere.

73'

Tim Howard (Everton) Free Kick at 73'

72'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 72'

71'

Tim Howard (Everton) Free Kick at 71'

71'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Free Kick at 71'

71'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

69'

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Jagielka.

69'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Assists Shot at 69'

69'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Blocked Pass at 69'

69'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 69'

69'

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67'

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

67'

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 67'

66'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 66'

66'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 66'

65'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 65'

64'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 64'

64'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 64'

64'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 64'

63'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 63'

61'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Corner Kick at 61'

61'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 60'

60'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 60'

59'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free Kick at 59'

59'

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 59'

58'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 58'

58'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58'

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Flamini.

58'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 58'

58'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 58'

57'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Free Kick at 57'

57'

Calum Chambers

57'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Free Kick at 56'

56'

Offside, Everton. Sylvain Distin tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

55'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Free Kick at 55'

54'

Jack Wilshere

53'

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Free Kick at 53'

52'

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

52'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Blocked Pass at 52'

52'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Throw In at 52'

51'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

51'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Free Kick at 51'

50'

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 50'

50'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 50'

49'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 48'

46'

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

46'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 46'

46'

Second Half begins Everton 2, Arsenal 0.

46'

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Alexis Sánchez.

46'+2

First Half ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 0.

46'+2

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 48'

46'+1

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 47'

46'+1

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 47'

46'+1

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 47'

46'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

2 - 0

Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 0. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a through ball following a fast break.

45'

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Assists Shot at 45'

44'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 44'

44'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 44'

43'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 43'

43'

Per Mertesacker

43'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41'

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

41'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Assists Shot at 41'

40'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free Kick at 40'

40'

Hand ball by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

40'

Handball

40'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 40'

40'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Free Kick at 40'

39'

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

James McCarthy (Everton) Blocked Pass at 39'

38'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 38'

38'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 38'

38'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Blocked Pass at 38'

37'

James McCarthy (Everton) Free Kick at 37'

37'

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36'

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

35'

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

34'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

30'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 30'

30'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

30'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 30'

29'

Leighton Baines

29'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 28'

27'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 27'

26'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

25'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 25'

25'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Throw In at 25'

23'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 23'

22'

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a headed pass.

22'

Steven Naismith (Everton) Assists Shot at 22'

21'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 21'

20'

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

19'

1 - 0

Goal! Everton 1, Arsenal 0. Seamus Coleman (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross following a set piece situation.

19'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Assists Shot at 19'

19'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 19'

18'

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 18'

17'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 17'

15'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

15'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 15'

13'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 13'

12'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Blocked Pass at 12'

11'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a headed pass.

11'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 11'

10'

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Throw In at 10'

10'

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar because of an injury.

8'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 8'

8'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 8'

5'

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 5'

5'

James McCarthy (Everton) Throw In at 5'

5'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 5'

5'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 5'

4'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 4'

4'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 4'

3'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 3'

3'

Seamus Coleman (Everton) Throw In at 3'

2'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Corner Kick at 2'

2'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

1'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 1'

1'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

46%
54%
  • Everton
  • Arsenal

Shots

8
13

Shots on target

2
3

Fouls

10
18

Corners

3
3

Yellow Cards

1
4

Red Cards

0
0

Everton

Everton2 - 2Arsenal
Leicester2 - 2Everton
Hull0 - 2Everton
Everton2 - 3Man City
Southampton2 - 0Everton
Everton2 - 0Man United

Arsenal

Everton2 - 2Arsenal
Besiktas0 - 0Arsenal
Arsenal2 - 1Crystal Pal
Arsenal3 - 0Man City
Arsenal3 - 2Hull
Norwich0 - 2Arsenal

Head to Head

Everton2 - 2Arsenal
Everton3 - 0Arsenal
Arsenal4 - 1Everton
Arsenal1 - 1Everton
Arsenal0 - 0Everton
Everton1 - 1Arsenal

Everton

  • 24Tim Howard
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 3Leighton Baines
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 22Steven Pienaar
  • -> Leon Osman
  • 11Kevin Mirallas
  • -> Christian Atsu
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 16James McCarthy
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • 10Romelu Lukaku
  • -> Aiden McGeady
  • Subs
  • 17Muhamed Besic
  • 26John Stones
  • 30Antolín Alcaraz
  • 1Joel Robles

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 2Mathieu Debuchy
  • 18Nacho Monreal
  • 21Calum Chambers
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • -> Joel Campbell
  • 11Mesut Özil
  • 17Alexis Sánchez
  • -> Olivier Giroud
  • 10Jack Wilshere
  • -> Santi Cazorla
  • 20Mathieu Flamini
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • Subs
  • 7Tomas Rosicky
  • 26Damián Martinez
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • 6Laurent Koscielny

Giroud grabs point for Gunners

Everton threw away two valuable points at Goodison Park as Olivier Giroud scored a last-minute header to hand Arsenal a dramatic 2-2 draw on Merseyside.

- Jolly: Arsenal's away fortunes change

Roberto Martinez's side looked to be coasting to an easy 2-0 win thanks to goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith, but their defence crumbled in the dying minutes to gift the Gunners a point.

First, Aaron Ramsey bundled home a Santi Cazorla cross and then, with 30 seconds to go, Giroud headed past Tim Howard thanks to some sloppy marking from Sylvain Distin.

It was a cruel blow to Everton, who really should have secured an early blow over their rivals in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

The Toffees were far more clinical and efficient in front of goal right up to the point where Ramsey found the net in the 83rd minute.

In fact, Arsenal looked blunt and impotent in the final third for most of the match.

Alexis Sanchez started as a lone frontman, but, despite his trickery and pace, he never troubled Phil Jagielka and Distin - who have a combined age of 68 - and he was hooked off at half-time.

His replacement Giroud fared just as poorly straight after his introduction, wasting a couple of good chances.

But the France striker came up with the goods in the final minute to send Everton home fans wondering how on earth they did not win.


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