Marouane Fellaini was the decisive figure for Everton once again after his goal earned a point against Arsenal at Goodison Park.
The Belgian midfielder was on hand to cancel out Theo Walcott’s early strike and earn a point for David Moyes’ men, who have seen their bright start to the season stall after a run of six draws in their last eight games.
It was a result that will frustrate Arsene Wenger as the North London side shared the spoils for a second successive away game despite racing into the lead inside the first minute, courtesy of Walcott.
The England winger curled a delightful effort around Tim Howard after exchanging passes with Aaron Ramsey to further underline his importance to the Gunners as talks over a new contract continue to loom.
However, any early momentum was suppressed after Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a muscle injury allowing the hosts to recover from going behind with Wojciech Szczesny saving Fellaini’s low header to denying them an equaliser.
The Toffees talisman wasn’t to be denied in the 28th minute, taking advantage of a mistake from Bacary Sagna following pressure from Steven Pienaar, to drive the ball left-footed past Szczesny from 20 yards.
Nikica Jelavic then struck over from close range before Szczesny displayed lightning quick reactions after the break to keep out Sylvain Distin’s header from Leighton Baines’ cross.
Despite having to fight against a wave of Everton pressure the visitors had chances of their own in the second half, the best of which fell to Santi Cazorla but the Spaniard’s snap shot was kept by Tim Howard.
Gervinho also wasted a excellent chance as the clock ticked down towards its conclusion but failed to latch on to Olivier Giroud’s cross as both teams were made to settle for an unwanted point.