Everton boss David Moyes denied his players were overly physical and hailed the battling performance from his players at Arsenal.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said he believed that Darron Gibson should have been dismissed in the first half for two bookable offences following robust tackles on Theo Walcott and Ross Barkley was another player who incensed the home crowd with some tough tackling.
Arsenal players did not help their own cause though by going down and rolling around on a regular basis and Moyes was unrepentant at the end.
He said: “Do you mean when we were a little bit rough with the tackling? Up north we do that quite often. That’s actually allowed in football.
“We weren’t going to come here and let Arsenal stroke the ball around and make 600 passes. He (Arsene) was upset. I just thought he was quite a lot.
“I thought we made it a right good game. Everton got the crowd going. I’ve been at the Emirates and it’s been quiet, but Everton got the crowd going.
“Because you make tackles, not every one is a foul and not every one means you have to kick it out of play.”
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