A superb strike from Everton substitute Gerard Deulofeu dashed Arsenal’s chances of victory today at The Emirates despite going ahead through German star Mesut Ozil.
Everton went into the match on a high after dispatching Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the week. The visitors started strongly, threading passes together and keeping possession against a side that are usually renowned for their ability to keep hold of the ball. The first chance came through Kevin Mirallas, who streaked down the wing and crossed the ball along the Arsenal six yard box, narrowly in front of strike man Romelu Lukaku.
After a slow start to the game, The Gunners began to move the ball around nicely with Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla linking up nicely with Aaron Ramsey. A counter-attack, led by Ozil broke through the Everton ranks and defender Kieran Gibbs was just a few inches too slow when Cazorla eventually crossed the ball into the area.
Ross Barkley, Everton’s key man in midfield, put in a strong performance and in the first half was not afraid to take on the Arsenal defence. But it was the home side who had the best chance of the game in the 43rd minute through Olivier Giroud, who couldn’t lift the ball past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard when through on goal.
It wasn’t until the 80th minute that Arsenal finally broke the deadlock. Rosicky picked out Walcott on the right wing, who headed it back across the area. Giroud hit nothing bu air with his effort but luckily Ozil was aware and managed to smash the ball from close range into the top of the net.
Four minutes later though Deulofeu struck. The ball was crossed in from the left hand side and made its way to the Spaniard who slammed it in.
Giroud nearly grabbed Arsenal a win at the end when he smashed a left-footed volley into the bar from 25 yards out.
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