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April 16, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 60071‎
 
Top of the Match
Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman
Everton
Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal
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Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
Arsenal
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
Arsenal

Arsenal 0-0 Everton: Wasteful Gunners miss chance to pull clear in race for top four

The Gunners missed several clear-cut openings, most notably by Olivier Giroud, in a pulsating encounter that did neither sides Champions League prospects much good

By James Goldman

EPL - Arsenal v Everton, Leighton Baines, Jack Wilshere, Kevin Mirallas
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Arsenal and Everton both missed the chance to significantly boost their Champions League prospects after a pulsating but ultimately scoreless 0-0 encounter at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners remain in third place, two points ahead of Chelsea albeit having played two more games, while David Moyes’ side lies a further two points adrift.

The visitors, who impressed hugely on their last visit to north London in their entertaining 2-2 draw with Tottenham earlier this month, were dominant in the early stages, pressing high up the pitch and denying Arsenal’s artisans time and space to create.

In possession, meanwhile, Everton carried a significant threat and should have taken a sixth-minute lead when Seamus Coleman’s pass dissected Arsenal’s defense, only for Steven Pienaar to display an uncharacteristically rash touch in front of goal, firing high over Wojciech Szczesny’s crossbar.

What the game lacked in aesthetics it more then made up for in brute force as Everton set about its business in typically bruising fashion. Marouane Fellaini was guilty of several early transgressions that might otherwise have resulted in cautions, while Darron Gibson was fortunate to remain on the field following two bone shuddering challenges on Theo Walcott in quick succession.

Arsenal’s threat had come down its right-hand side and it was from one enterprising foray that it came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening half.

Aaron Ramsey escaped the attentions of Leighton Baines and whipped an inviting low ball across the six-yard box which was met by Olivier Giroud on the slide – the French striker was, however, unable to provide the finish that would have given his side an undeserved lead three minutes before the interval.

The feisty nature of the contest continued after the halftime whistle with Kevin Mirallas and Jack Wilshere involved in a tunnel altercation that saw the Belgian squirt the contents of his water bottle over the England midfielder.

The 21-year-old, starting his second game in three days following a five-and-a-half week absence, was struggling to influence the game but his midfield partners Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey quickly warmed to the challenge in the second half with the latter testing Tim Howard with a fizzing drive from 25 yards.

At the other end Leighton Baines, unusually for him, was wasteful with a free kick that appeared tailor made for him, while the increasingly influential Barkley was inches wide with a rasping drive from 20 yards that was fractionally wide of Wojciech Szczesny’s left-hand post.

With 15 minutes remaining of a potentially season-defining game for both of these sides both managers remained commendably committed on the attack and it would have paid dividends for Arsenal had Giroud not been prevented by an astonishing goal saving clearance from Slyvain Distin, before he blazed over soon after when a more controlled finish would surely have broken the deadlock.

In the end a point represented a fair outcome, one that will be celebrated by both Chelsea and Spurs in a race for a top finish that assumes a different and more fascinating complexion by the game.

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Arsenal

1
Wojciech Szczesny
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Bacary Sagna
Defender
3.00
4
Per Mertesacker
Defender
3.00
6
3.00
28
Kieran Gibbs
Defender
90′
3.50
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
56′
3.00
10
Jack Wilshere
Midfielder
69′
2.50
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
3.50
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
3.00
12
2.00
14
Theo Walcott
Striker
69′
3.00

Everton

3.00
24
Tim Howard
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
3.50
6
4.00
15
3.00
4
Darron Gibson
Midfielder
28′
3.50
20
Ross Barkley
Midfielder
70′ 76′
2.50
22
Steven Pienaar
Midfielder
35′
4.00
23
3.00
25
3.50
11
3.00
28

Substitutes

25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
17
Monreal
Defender
90′ 94′
2.50
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00
27
Gervinho
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Jan Mucha
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
2.50
8
Bryan Oviedo
Midfielder
94′
 - 
10
 - 
18
2.50
18
2.50
14

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18 6
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Striker
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15 2
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Striker
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15 0