Man of the Match: Everton 2-2 Arsenal

Arsenal's main frontman saved his team from the jaws of defeat at Goodison Park



Olivier Giroud
Everton 2-2 Arsenal

Minutes Played 45
Goals 1
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The chants of '2-0 and you f****** it up' were echoing around Goodison Park after Arsenal fought back to draw against Everton 2-2 in a pulsating Barclays Premier League Match.
Olivier Giroud's second-half inclusion proved to be the clincher as he scored the equalising goal and constantly tormented Everton's defence with his hold-up play and short passes.
Earlier in the second-half, Giroud could have scored the first goal for Arsenal when he received a cross from Mathieu Debuchy but he hit his volley with too much power.
Everton's centre-back Sylvain Distin, who doesn't seem to age had a tough time when Giroud came in and couldn't stop the French international from heading in Arsenal's second and equalising goal.
Giroud recorded five shots, more than his teammates who were struggling to get a shot on or even off target in the first-half.
Many were bemused when Arsene Wenger took off Alexis Sanchez, who worked his socks off in the first-half for Giroud but that move was enough for Arsenal to bring back a point and earn four points in the first two matches of the season.
Some tabloids are expecting Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani to join Arsenal and push Giroud to the substitutes bench. With this performance, Giroud might be signalling to Wenger to keep his cheque book inside his drawer and rely on him to get the goals for the Gunners.