Arsenal 1 v 1 Everton: Deulofeu late show denies Gunners victory

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Goals from Mesut Ozil and Gerard Deulofeu settled an entertaining 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Everton at The Emirates.

Arsenal and Everton have played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with at The Emirates - with a draw the fair result in an excellent game.

The first half was a half of two halves, if that makes any sense. Everton came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders with a tremendous display of attacking passing football that The Gunners would have been proud of.

However for all of their pressure they did not really manage to test the Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny,

But as the half went on Arsenal grew into the game and Tim Howard was forced into three very impressive saves coming off his line.

The second half started much as the first finished for Arsenal as they were on top for the opening proceedings before the game levelled out and an entertaining half ensued.

Tim Howard was then forced into stopping a Santi Cazorla header after good work from Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere as Arsenal looked like taking control of the fixture.

However the next big chance came from The Toffees. Excellent play between Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley saw Pienaar rasping a 25 yard shot at goal - but Szczesny saved well, and the Pole was called into action again when Barkley struck from range.

Kevin Mirallas and Sylvain Distin then had chances as Everton started to look the most likely.

However Arsenal bagged a goal in the most unusual of fashions. They went direct, with Tomas Rosicky lofting the ball to the far post, and when Theo Walcott’s nod down was somehow missed by Olivier Giroud the ball ended up at the feet of Mesut Ozil - who fired home what looked like being the winning goal.

But an Everton substitute changed the game.

Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu earned a point after he rasped home a Bryan Oviedo cross that bypassed an acrobatic effort from Romelu Lukaku.

There was still time for heart in mouth moments for both sides - as Lukaku was denied by Szczesny one-on-one and Mathieu Flamini could not connect with a volley with an open goal beckoning after Howard and Distin collided - before Lukaku struck a powerful effort over the bar from 25 yards.

Then, one last scare…Olivier Giroud taking a wonderful touch and half volley from 25 yards which rattled the woodwork - and signed off a wonderful game in style.

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