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April 16, 2013
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 60071
That's all from me, but be sure to stay with Goal.com for our match report, ratings and all the reaction from tonight's game.
90' + 5'
FULL TIME! All over at the Emirates and it finishes Arsenal 0-0 Everton. No goals, a point apiece and both teams stay where they were in the table - the Gunners in third, two points ahead of Chelsea and Everton in sixth two points behind Spurs.
90' + 4'
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Monreal
90' + 3'
And Monreal's first action of the night is to get booked for a cynical foul on Naismith. Gibson takes the free kick, trying to find Fellaini in the box but Mertesacker clears and that might just be that...
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
Anichebe wellies one high into the stands and it's his last action of the night. The striker wanders off to be replaced by Steven Naismith for the final few minutes.
Into FOUR minutes of added time at the end of the game and Arsenal have sent on, erm, Nacho Monreal. Arsene knows...
A rare attack from Everton sees Gibson delay, before picking out Mirallas on the edge of the box. However, he takes a poor touch and the chance has gone.
Another corner to Arsenal, again it's Cazorla but for the umpteenth time tonight it's cleared by a thumping header from Fellaini.
It's all Arsenal now who are forcing Everton back in these closing stages. However, Fellaini manages to give his side a breather after going to ground under some vague pressure from Ramsey.
It's Podolski's turn this time, he runs at Coleman but can only win a corner. The kick is sent in right-footed by Cazorla and Giroud and Mertesacker both challenge for the ball. Goal kick Everton.
GIROUD AGAIN! Another missed chance for Arsenal and again it's Giroud. Oxlade-Chamberlain picks him out once more, this time at the near post. He has Jagielka for company but turns away from the defender before smashing it high in to the night sky!
Great break Arsenal! A lightning-quick counter sees Oxlade-Chamberlain tee up Giroud but he is denied by Coleman who just gets a toenail on the ball to deny the Frenchman. The Gunners are getting closer.
David Moyes opts to makea change, sending on Nikica Jelavic for Barkley. His first action will be to help defend another Arsenal corner, which Everton eventually clear after a short game of head tennis.
Another Arsenal corner produces some minor panic in the Everton box. Ramsey misses his header, but is the first to react to the loose ball, flicking it goalwards but Howard is there to claim. Arsenal starting to pile on the pressure now.
Arsenal win a free kick on the right which Arteta whips in. He finds Giroud at the near post but he doesn't quite get enough contact on the ball to trouble Howard. Still the Gunners retain possession and win a corner.
Yellow Card Ross Barkley
Yellow card for Barkley! A shirt pull on Ramsey does not go unnoticed by the referee and it's a booking for the Everton man.
Double change for Arsenal and it's goodnight to Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott who sprint off with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski their replacements.
INCHES AWAY! Almost an absolute screamer from Barkley! He's on the edge of the box, does superbly to twist away from Arteta before unleashing a ferocious shot that misses the top corner by millimetres!
Wilshere loses out again to Fellaini who sets Everton forward once more. They work it to Baines who tries to find Anichebe with a cross and wins a corner.
Now Arsenal try again, Walcott goes down on the edge of the box after being caught by Baines, but the Gunners play on with Sagna. He sends a high ball into the box but it's straight into Howard's grateful arms.
An hour gone at the Emirates and still no score, Arsenal go forwards again with Ramsey but he can't beat Coleman and it's out for a goal kick.
....straight into the wall by Baines! Arsenal then counter with Wilshere whizzing down the right but he can't find Giroud in the box. It's end-to-end stuff at the moment.
Yellow Card Mikel Amatrian Arteta
Lovely play by Mirallas! He takes the ball beautifully, completely fooling Gibbs. Everton work it forwards and finally get their rewards when Pienaar goes tumbling on the edge of the box. Free kick...
Everton have a free kick on the edge of the box after Wilshere tangles with Mirallas. Up steps Baines who swings a superb ball in, but Anichebe can't quite get enough on the ball and it flies wide.
Super stuff from Distin! Walcott races goalwards, twisting and teasing but the defender slides and nicks the ball clear for a corner. Arsenal looking more dangerous since the break.
Another attack from Arsenal, who try their luck down the left again. Gibbs does well, squares the ball to Giroud on the edge of the box but he can't find the finish.
Good save Howard! Some neat play by Arsenal sees Wilshere dink the ball into Gibbs. He nods down to Cazorla who smashes a shot goalwards but the American keeper parries it clear and we have our FIRST corner of the match!
Fellaini beats Wilshere to the ball again to set up another Everton attack but a loose ball by Pienaar lets Walcott race forwards on the counter. Still, guess who gets back to win possession again for the Toffees. Yep, it's that man Fellaini.
And Everton pick off where they left off and go straight on the attack. The ball breaks to Mirallas on the edge of the box, he takes aim but just scuffs his shot a little and it's an easy save for Szcszesny.
Here we go again! No changes for either side as Everton kick off the second half and we are back underway in north London.
And just to spice things up a few shenanigans at half-time. Kevin Mirallas and Jack Wilshere appeared to have a, shall we say, difference of opinion. One to keep an eye on in the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! All square at the Emirates and this game is finely balanced at the break. Both sides have had good chances to open the scoring with Pienaar missing for the visitors and Giroud wasting a good chance for Arsenal. Will we have a winner?
45' + 1'
Arsenal try to break after a spell of Everton possession. They have Wilshere in the centre circle, but he waits, and waits, and waits...and eventually is dispossessed. Uncharacteristic indecision there by the England man.
Into TWO minutes of stoppage time at the end of the Emirates and the home side finishing the half strongly...
More Arsenal pressure, Cazorla picks out Giroud who backheels it beautifully....to no-one in particular! Everton don't get it away though, the ball comes back in, and Cazorla shoots from a tight angle but it's brilliantly blocked by a diving Jagielka.
GREAT CHANCE ARSENAL! Cazorla is the architect, picking out Ramsey on the right. His low cross beats Howard and finds Giroud but the Frenchman puts it wide from close range!
Another chance for Everton! Barkley does brilliantly to fool Arteta before finding Anichebe, but he's surrounded by defenders and although he does manage to find a scuffed shot it's not good enough to beat Szczesny who grabs it at the second attempt.
A speculative shot from Barkley calls Szczesny into action, it's a comfortable save in the end for the Arsenal keeper but he's not impressed with his defence for allowing the Everton man so much room.
A vain pass from Wilshere has Giroud scrambling to reach it. He doesn't quite have the pace and ends up crashing into Coleman late instead. The Everton man does not look impressed and waves away the Frenchman's handshake. It's getting tetchy out there.
The subsequent free kick is hurled into the box but again it's cleared by that man Fellaini. Arsenal try to keep the pressure on, but Fellaini is once again the man in the right place to deny the Gunners. Still, signs of life from the home side....finally.
Yellow Card Steven Pienaar
Now there is another booking for Everton. This time it's Pienaar who eases Walcott cynically off the ball after he's beaten Distin for pace.
Let off for Darron Gibson! The midfielder goes crashing into Theo Walcott again, right near the halfway line. The crowd howl for a second yellow, but the referee opts for a talking to, and Gibson avoids dismissal.
This time Mirallas does keep the ball in play! He plays a one-two with Barkley, leaving Gibbs trailing in his wake before picking out Pienaar. The South African then tries to return the favour in the box but Mirallas is offside.
Everton ping a few passess around with a degree of nonchalance it has to be said. Until, that is Mirallas knocks it straight out of play much to the delight of the Arsenal fans who, to be fair, haven't had much to cheer so far tonight.
Wilshere pumps the ball into the box...but can only find the, rather considerable, hair of Fellaini who clears for Everton with a strong header.
Yellow Card Darron Gibson
Another Arsenal player is left in a heap and this time it's Walcott after he gets sandwiched between Gibson and Mirallas. Gibson picks up the first booking of the game for his troubles and the Gunners have a free kick in a very tasty position.
Anichebe has a minor meltdown, screaming at the assistant referee after the ball comes off Koscielny but the throw-in goes Arsenal's way. The referee ignores his tantrum though and on we go...
Mistake by Fellaini! He's near his own corner flag but instead of clearing the ball manages only to pick out Cazorla!. The ball then finds its way to Gibbs who shimmies on the edge of the box before smashing a shot into row Z. The Belgian looks a VERY relieved man.
Almost mid-way through the first half and Everton will be delighted with the way this game has gone They have looked the better side and have fashioned the only chance so far, with Pienaar firing over early on.
Wilshere's back, Arsenal fans throughout the world breathe a HUGE sigh of relief and play continues with Everton once again in possession.
More nervous moments here as Jack Wilshere is down after a challenge from Ross Barkley. The physio is on, Arsene Wenger is moaning on the touchline, but I'd be surprised if Wilshere doesn't continue....
Short break in play here as Santi Cazorla receives some treatment. The Arsenal midfielder took a knock but he looks as though he will be OK to continue. Fear not, Arsenal fans!
More probing from David Moyes' men, Ross Barkley heads goalwards but his shot is blocked. Arsenal then head up the other end and there are howls of protest after Walcott goes down under pressure - but no foul!
Ramsey wins possession back for Everton to wide applause from the home fans, and it's no surprise. The Toffees have dominated proceedings early on.
Fellaini leaves Ramsey on the turf this time but he avoids a booking. Still, he's going to have to be careful here the midfielder, if he wants to avoid an early card.
More pressure for Everton. This time the threat comes down the left. Gibson whips in a low ball, and Arsenal need a diving Szczesny to claim. Bright start here from the visitors.
Wilshere is furious! He takes the ball on his chest, tries to beat Fellaini but is blocked off by the Belgian and wins a free kick. The Englishman is quick to tell the referee what he thinks about that though! Not a happy bunny.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR EVERTON! A super ball from Jagielka sends Pienaar clean through with just Szczesny to beat. He has to take it first time, however, and scoops it over the bar! Let off for Arsenal.
A glimmer of the goal for Everton! Mirallas is sent scampering into the box, but he has Koscielny for company and Mertesacker lurking, and the ball instead runs harmlessly through to goalkeeper Szczesny.
Some early possession for the Toffees but it ends abruptly after a tussle between Fellaini and Arteta ends in favour of the Gunners. Free kick to Arsenal which they send forwards but Ramsey's cross comes to nothing.
And we are OFF! Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere kick-off for Arsenal and we are underway at the Emirates.
Get excited people....the teams are out on the pitch, handshakes are being exchanged and we are just minutes away from kick off at the Emirates...
Everton, meanwhile, make just one change to the side that beat QPR at the weekend with Ross Barkley starting in place of Leon Osman.
So, Arsene Wenger makes three changes to his side with Wojciech Szczesny returning in goal for the injured Lukasz Fabianski while Theo Walcott replaces Gervinho in attack and Per Mertesacker comes in for Thomas Vermaelen in defence.
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Mirallas, Gibson, Barkley, Pienaar, Fellaini; Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Neville
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott; Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Monreal, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Podolski
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com as we bring you LIVE commentary of tonight’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Everton. It’s all about the top four tonight with just four points separating the Gunners in third from the Toffees in sixth. So, without any further ado, let’s take a check on tonight’s teams...
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