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29 November 2012
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 37141
M. Fellaini 28'
T. Walcott 1'
Well that's it from Goodison Park. Thank you all for joining me for Goal.com's live coverage of the Premier League this evening, be sure to join us for all of the acion from your team's next match.
90' + 3'
Full-time at Goodison Park! It's finished Everton 1-1 Arsenal. Neither manager will be disappointed, as the game was wide open throughout with both sides attacking well but also proving sloppy in possession. David Moyes will perhaps feel his side could have won the match towards the end, and Arsene Wenger owes his thanks to Szczesny for keeping his side in the match.
90' + 2'
Jelavic nearly scores as he attempts to chip the ball over Szczesny but the ball is cleared off the line by Gibbs. Gervinho then breaks and runs well over half the length of the pitch, but Jagielka gets across well to make a fantastic last ditch tackle. A great example of the kind of football both sides have been playing this evening and a nail-biting finish!
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Santi Cazorla is going off here to be replaced by Coquelin. Three minutes of added time to play!
Fantastic play from Everton! Jelavic races down the left before smashing a low cross into the box. A touch from anybody would send the ball into the net, and Fellaini comes closest but can't quite make it on to the end of the cross.
The ball is put out of play here, as Leon Osman sits a little dazed in the centre circle after a clash with Ramsey.
Both sides are getting sloppy here, as they concede possession to one another easily in the middle of the pitch. The home crowd are roaring their team forwards and the game remains wide open.
The Gunners go close, as Walcott sets Giroud away down the left. Gervinho is arriving unmarked in the box, but the Frenchman elects to chip the ball and fails to find the Ivorian.
Chance for Everton, as they win a free kick 30 yards from the Arsenal goal. Baines looks like he is going to drill the ball goalwards, but it's Jelavic who instead strikes the ball and he can't generate the power to really test Szczesny.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who came onto the field just minutes ago, receives the ball around 30 yards from goal. Encouraged by the chorus of "shoot" which echoes from the stands, the German strikes for goal but Szczesny saves comfortably.
The visitors are moving the ball well around midfield, patiently waiting for an opening in the Everton defence. One eventually comes through Cazorla, as the Spaniard finds space to lash a shot towards goal forcing Howard into a save.
Arsenal go close again, as Ramsey cuts into the box from the right and toe-pokes a ball towards Cazorla. It's too hard for the Spaniard, and evades everybody before almost beating Tim Howard. The USA international gets down late and tips the ball round the post.
Yellow Card Bryan Oviedo
CHANCE! Theo Walcott - who has been the best player for the Gunners so far - clips a ball in from the left towards the head of Giroud. It comes at the Frenchman quickly, but he does well to adjust and nod the ball a whisker wide of the top corner.
Another poor pass from Arsenal, as they go all the way back to the defence before Thomas Vermaelen attempts a 60-yard pass to Theo Walcott. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't come off and rolls harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Big decision for the referee, as Arteta appears to be all over Pienaar inside the Arsenal penalty area. The referee looks for a minute before awarding the corner to Everton.
Change for Everton here, as Bryan Oviedo comes on for Steven Naismith.
Szczesny is really keeping his side in this match! Great work by Pienaar down the left, as he manages to evade Ramsey and Sagna and get his cross in. Fellaini looks as though he is going to get to the ball, but the Arsenal keeper flies out of his goal in front of the Belgian and punches the ball clear.
It's Everton who give away possession cheaply this time, as Fellaini attempts to set Naismith away down the right with a pass that was never going to get through. Gibbs intercepts and Arsenal are back in possession.
CHANCE! Baines finds Pienaar, who is fortunate to beat Mertesacker. But instead of squaring the ball to one of his waiting teammates, the South African tries to beat Szczesny at his near post and the Poland international makes the save.
And here is the perfect example. Ramsey does brilliantly to shield the ball from Fellaini before rolling it out to Sagna on the right. the Frenchman attempts an early cross but kicks the ball straight to Naismith on the edge of the Everton penalty area.
The game is wide open here, as both sides look dangerous going forwards but are giving possession away too easily in the middle of the park. There is definitely another goal in this game!
Pienaar sets Jelavic away down the left and the striker manages to escape the attention of Mertesacker and cross towards Naismith, but Vermaelen gets their first and clears.
Delightful play from Everton's left side once again. Baines reaches the touchline before flicking the ball cleverly past Sagna. He lays off Pienaar who is charging into the box, but the South African misses the target by a yard or so.
Arsenal start as they began the first period, driving for the hosts' goal as soon as they gain possession. Theo Walcott picks up the ball - this time on the left - and cuts inside before attempting a 25-yard strike at goal which is charged down by Jagielka.
Everton get the second-half underway!
For those of you who love a good stat, Theo Walcott's goal after just 52 seconds is the fastest of the Premier League season so far... until Robin van Persie scored after 33 seconds in one of this evening's later starts!
Lots of interesting tweets coming in during that first half. @akballz isn't happy with Ramsey starting for Arsenal, while @OLADEJITIMOTHY is backing the Gunners to run out 3-2 winners. Keep your tweets coming @alfiemeekings.
45' + 3'
Half-time! Theo Walcott's first-minute strike and Marouane Fellaini's fantastic equaliser have ensure that we head into the break at 1-1. Both managers will no doubt be pleased with what they've seen so far. Although, I think the message from both will be to keep hold of possession.
Three minutes of added time to be played.
Cazorla attempts the audacious, as he turns on the edge of the box before smashing the ball wide of Tim Howard's goal with his right foot.
CHANCE! Leighton Baines would have been clean through on goal if Jelavic had left the ball, but the striker - unaware that he was in an offside position - raced onto the ball. The linesman's flag is raised and it's an Arsenal free kick.
Chance for Arsenal, as Sagna races down the right and hits a ball into the box. He only manages to find Distin, however, who does well to clear.
Jelavic excruciatingly close to a second for the hosts! He beats Mertesacker with a great piece of skill, but snatches at the volley and misses the target.
Gibson is very fortunate here, as - having already been booked - he makes a late challenge on Jack Wilshere. Referee Michael Oliver is lenient with the Irishman and he escapes with a warning.
Second corner in quick succession for Arsenal, as Distin and Giroud compete for the ball and the former knocks it out of play. It's a repeat of the first one, however, and is cleared easily by Distin.
Corner to Arsenal taken by Walcott, but the Englishman's delivery is poor and Jagielka clears easily.
Yellow Card Darron Gibson
Goal Marouane Fellaini
GOAL! And it's an equaliser for Everton! Sagna loses the ball cheaply and Fellaini does beautifully to curl the ball past Szczesny from the edge of the area. Everton 1-1 Arsenal!
The visitors are rolling the ball around the midfield comfortably now, searching for a gap to exploit in the Everton midfield. But the hosts' midfield is working hard, and Pienaar eventually wins the ball back.
Free kick in a very dangerous position for Arsenal, as Osman brings down Sagna on the edge of the box. Cazorla and Giroud both want to take it, but it's Vermaelen who eventually attempts to drive the ball through the wall. There's not enough power on the shot, though, and Howard saves comfortably.
Wilshere drifts a measured pass out to Gibbs, who is an advanced position on the left. The full-back attempts to whip a ball in but Hibbert does well to deflect the ball and Howards rushes out to collect.
Yellow Card Kieran Gibbs
Kieran Gibbs, who came on early on as a substitute, has picked up a yellow card for a tug on Osman's shirt in the middle of the park. It was clever from the Arsenal man, as he disrupted what looked to be a good opportunity for the hosts to break.
The corner is drilled towards the far-post by Baines and finds the head of Fellaini. The Belgium international directs the ball towards goal but Szczesny saves comfortably.
Arsenal are unfortunate to concede a corner after some fantastic work by Leighton Baines. Darron Gibson attempts to play a through-ball to Pienaar, but overhits the pass and it looks to be rolling out of play. The Everton left-back fails to give up on the ball, however, and wins a corner off Bacary Sagna.
More action down the left from the hosts, as a ball is lofted up towards Fellaini and the Belgian cushions it down neatly for Baines. He feeds the ball in-field to Osman, who is brought down on the edge of the area by Wilshere. Baines takes the free kick but Mertesacker heads clear.
This game really is wide open at the moment. Moments after Everton's chance at one end, Arsenal press again, as Wilshere mangages to cross a ball in from the left towards the head of Giroud. Jagielka does well to clear.
Much better from the hosts, as Baines and Pienaar link up down the left as they have done so many times this season. The former manages to squeeze in a cross which is headed towards goal by Jelavic, but Szczesny saves and the ball is cleared.
Everton look rocked by that early goal, as they can't seem to string two passes together at the moment. Walcott has certainly sent a message to manager Arsene Wenger on their well-publicised contract negotiations!
Assist Aaron Ramsey
Goal Theo Walcott
GOAL! And it's gone to Arsenal. Theo Walcott runs at Jagielka before exchanging passes with Ramsey and slotting the ball past Tim Howard. Everton 0-1 Arsenal.
Arsenal get us underway!
Here are a couple of stats for you before we get underway: Everton have not beaten the Gunners in their last 10 attempts in all competitions. However, the Toffees are undefeated in 20 of their last 22 in the Premier League and have not lost here this season. So it really could go either way this evening!
Less than 10 minutes away from kick-off at Goodison Park. It's bitterly cold in Liverpool - and seemingly everywhere in the country - this evening, but hopefully a few early goals will heat things up.
So a lot of food for thought in the selections from both David Moyes and Arsene Wenger. What are you thoughts on the team news? Do you think your side can take all three points this evening? Tweet me your views @alfiemeekings.
I should also point out that Lukas Podolski is missing his first Premier League match since arriving at the Emirates during the summer, as revealed exclusively by Goal.com earlier this morning.
The visitors make four changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Villa Park on Saturday, with two changes in defence and two in attack. Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna return to the full-back positions in place of Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs, whilst Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott return to the Gunners’ frontline.
The hosts make three changes from their 1-1 draw with Norwich on Saturday, as Tony Hibbert replaces John Heitinga in defence, Darron Gibson steps back into midfield at the expense of Thomas Hitzlsperger and top-scorer Marouane Fellaini returns from a one-match suspension in place of Bryan Oviedo.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere; Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla. Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho.
Without further ado, let’s get straight to the team news. Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Naismith, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com’s live play-by-play commentary of this evening’s Premier League encounter between Everton and Arsenal. My name is Alfie Meekings and I will be talking you through every kick of the action from Goodison Park.
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