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December 8, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 60001‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-1 Everton

Substitute Gerard Deulofeu struck late on to cancel out Mesut Ozil's opener at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as the spoils were shared in north London.

By Ewan Roberts at the Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    23
    3
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Despite Everton's superior possession in the first half, the Polish keeper was never troubled. Carried out his duties with minimal fuss, though might feel he could have done more to stop Deulofeu's late goal.

  • Per Mertesacker
    27
    1
    4.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Was handed the unenviable task of trying to shackle Lukaku and largely matched the Belgian's force and power. The German was commanding on the air and marshaled the back line with authority.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    26
    2
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Carried the ball out from the back with supreme confidence and managed the pace of Lukaku well. Has developed an understanding with Mertesacker that was rarely breached.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    15
    10
    3.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    Kept Pienaar under wraps well, though was occasionally exposed by Oviedo's overlaps. Played a rather conservative role and didn't push forward in the manner that saw him create the opener against Hull.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    9
    16
    1.50

    Kieran Gibbs Flop of the Match

    Gibbs struggled to contain an Everton right flank that was full of pace and intent, and took time to get to grips with Coleman's overlaps. Guilty of switching off, showed little attacking impetus, and failed to close down Deulofeu for the Spaniard's goal.

  • Mikel Arteta
    14
    13
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    The former Toffees' skipper really grew into the game. After losing the midfield battle in the first half, he took more control as the game wore on. Kept possession ticking and made some fine tackles and interceptions to halt Everton's advances.

  • Jack Wilshere
    14
    9
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Worked diligently in midfield and was moved around to scupper Everton's more threatening partnerships. Found little pockets of space to create, forging a handful of chances, though they were not converted. Came off for Flamini in a triple sub for the hosts.

  • Mesut Özil
    38
    4
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Far from his most effective today, though nevertheless struck Arsenal's goal, thumping the ball in from close range. Played some level, intricate passes and remains a talisman for the league leaders.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    14
    14
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    As hard working as ever, the Welshman scrapped and fought in midfield while offering a consistent outlet on the ball. Busy in possession, threading through balls, but could not beat Howard one-on-one. Replaced by Rosicky.

  • Santi Cazorla
    12
    13
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Did not offer enough protection to Gibbs in the early exchanges so swapped flanks with Wilshere. Flitted in and out of the match, and had chances to score but for his wastefulness. Replaced by Walcott.

  • Olivier Giroud
    26
    5
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    The Frenchman was an excellent release for the Gunners, holding onto the ball and feeding others with consummate ease. As cerebral as he is, he struggled in front of goal before hitting the bar with a stunning drive late on.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    26
    2
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Part of a triple sub for the hosts, the Czech replaced Ramsey. Whipped in an invited cross which led to Ozil's goal.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    21
    4
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Came on for Wilshere and almost scored with his first touch, rifling the ball past the far post. Could have won it late on but missed the ball completely.

  • Theo Walcott
    27
    1
    3.00

    Theo Walcott

    Replaced Cazorla midway through the second half and set-up Ozil's goal with a header back across the six-yard box.

  • Tim Howard
    20
    3
    4.00

    Tim Howard

    The American shot-stopper made several fine saves, especially at the end of the first half - twice darting off his line to paw away dinked attempts. A fine performance from Everton's No.1.

  • Phil Jagielka
    7
    4
    3.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Rarely allowed Arsenal to get in behind him and coped with the threat of Giroud well, stepping up to rob the Frenchman. Composed on the ball and really organized the Toffees' defense well as they dug in for the second period.

  • Bryan Oviedo
    10
    4
    3.00

    Bryan Oviedo

    Deputizing for the injured Leighton Baines, the Costa Rican was an adventurous presence down the left. Linked well with Pienaar and joined counter-attacks, though might have done more to stop Walcott winning a header for Arsenal's goal.

  • Sylvain Distin
    9
    3
    4.00

    Sylvain Distin

    An enduringly dependable presence at the back, the veteran center back used the ball well and showed a rapid turn of pace despite his advancing years. The Arsenal attack got little change out of the Frenchman.

  • James McCarthy
    8
    3
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Tidy and composed in midfield, the Ireland international helped Everton take control of the match and dominate possession. Also worked extremely hard, and tackled even harder - earning a yellow card.

  • Gareth Barry
    12
    7
    4.00

    Gareth Barry Top of the Match

    The on-loan Manchester City midfielder's tireless work rate and tenacity allowed the more attack-minded players in front of him greater freedom. Combined that doggedness with crisp, quick passing.

  • Ross Barkley
    13
    2
    3.00

    Ross Barkley

    Found an enormous amount of space between the lines in the opening exchanges. Came alive in explosive bursts, driving towards goal, though could not find a killer pass. A lively, if profligate, display. Replaced by Naismith in injury time.

  • Steven Pienaar
    7
    7
    2.50

    Steven Pienaar

    Linked up well with Oviedo, releasing the fullback with cute flicks and passes, but caused little threat to the Arsenal back line himself. Did sting Szczesny's palms with a long-range drive. Replaced by the more defense-conscious Osman.

  • Seamus Coleman
    5
    6
    3.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Rampaged forward from fullback, overloading Gibbs on several occasions, though his crosses too often found a red shirt. His forays left a lot of space for Arsenal to break into, but he covered well.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    3
    7
    2.00

    Kevin Mirallas

    Full of intent, driving forward at great pace, especially on the break, but could not find a decisive end product - typified by a wildly over-hit free kick. Drifted out of the game but always worked hard. Replaced by Deulofeu.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    7
    5
    2.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Showed his raw, brutish physicality, though was let down by poor close control. As the game continued, the Arsenal center backs became extremely adept at nullifying him.

Substitutions

  • Leon Osman
    7
    1
    2.50

    Leon Osman

    Replaced Pienaar in the second half and worked hard, though offered far less going forward than the South African.

  • Gerard Deulofeu
    28
    1
    3.50

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Came on for Mirallas late on and made a stunning impact, rocketing a shot past Szczesny. Another fantastic cameo from the Catalan youngster.

  • Steven Naismith
    6
    3

    Steven Naismith

    Replaced Barkley in injury time.

Results
 
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