Arsenal 1-1 Everton: Player Ratings

Pienaar Everton

An 84th-minute equaliser from super sub Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a point for Everton, despite Mesut Ozil's opener for Arsenal.

Roberto Martinez is in dreamland.

First, his Everton side beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, now they hold Arsenal to a draw at the Emirates Stadium.

They had Gerard Deulofeu to thank for a fantastic strike in the 84th minute, after Mesut Ozil had put the Gunners ahead minutes earlier.

The result keeps the Toffees in fifth and extends Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.

Here is how the players rated:

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny - 7/10

The Poland goalkeeper could not stop Deulofeu's late strike but was a rock in between the sticks for the rest of the 90 minutes. Szczesny made several important saves and is living up to his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

Kieran Gibbs - 7/10

Looked exposed at the back on occasion but was efficient defensively for the most part. Impressed more going forward, linking up well with those around him and getting into dangerous positions.

Carl Jenkinson - 7/10

Like Gibbs, Jenkinson did not have the perfect display defensively but looked solid for the most part.

Laurent Koscielny - 7/10

Romelu Lukaku was quiet all afternoon and that was in no small part down to the efforts of Laurent Koscielny and his defensive partners. Looked comfortable throughout.

Per Mertesacker - 7/10

Linked well with Koscielny and will be disappointed that Arsenal's powerful back line was breached.

Mikel Arteta - 6/10

Although Mikel Arteta is usually at his best when he is unnoticed, today he looked slightly off the pace. Was outmuscled by Lukaku on one particular occasion, which seemed to sum up his game.

Aaron Ramsey - 6/10

For once, the Welshman failed to shine. He can, however, count himself unlucky to have been taken off in one of three changes by Arsene Wenger. He could have added a lot in the final stages.

Santiago Cazorla - 7/10

One of his side's main threats going forward, Santi Cazorla fashioned chances with considerable regularity. His only fault was his finishing.

Jack Wilshere - 7/10

Like Ramsey, can consider himself unlucky to have been subbed in the second half. Fared well, providing some creativity for the Gunners - even though this was not his best performance.

Mesut Ozil - 7/10

Was quiet for the most part but still effective, also working hard and getting himself into great attacking positions. His opener looked to be the winner for Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud - 7/10

This was not the Frenchman's finest performance - and certainly not his most prolific. However, many might overlook the fact that he was always trying to hit the back of the net, especially when he hit the woodwork in the 93rd minute.

Substitutes

Theo Walcott - 7/10

One of Wenger's super subs, Theo Walcott provided the assist for the Gunners' goal and made a healthy impact after coming on.

Tomas Rosicky - 6/10

Added something for the Gunners but nowhere near enough to make an definitive impact.

Mathieu Flamini - 7/10

In truth, the Frenchman did not do too much of note after coming on but his impact off the ball was especially notable. Arsenal missed his influence during the opening hour or so.

Everton

Tim Howard - 8/10

Even though Everton were the better side overall, they had to withstand heavy pressure and Tim Howard was a huge factor in the Toffees holding on for a draw. Made several crucial saves.

Bryan Oviedo - 7/10

Another fine performance from the full-back, who - not unlike Leighton Baines - could be seen as more of a left winger on the day.

Sylvain Distin - 7/10

Missed a good chance from a header before the Gunners took the lead but was superb defensively.

Seamus Coleman - 8/10

Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in Seamus Coleman and today showed exactly why. The Everton man was all over the pitch, defending well and providing a constant threat going forward.

Phil Jagielka - 7/10

Considering what a poor game Gary Cahill had for Chelsea this weekend, Phil Jagielka fared the best out of England's two main central defenders. Made plenty of clearances and did not look troubled.

Steven Pienaar - 7/10

Came off after taking a few knocks in the second half but was a very lively presence for Martinez's side.

Gareth Barry - 7/10

Although Gareth Barry's tackles were sometimes a little wild - not for the first time this season - he was strong defensively and worked very hard to give the Toffees an edge in midfield.

Ross Barkley - 8/10

Once again, Ross Barkley impressed heavily with a free role for Everton. England manager Roy Hodgson was at the Emirates today and would have taken note of Barkley's performance.

James McCarthy - 7/10

Anonymous at times but contributed well to keep his side running in midfield.

Kevin Mirallas - 6/10

The Belgian actually had the perfect performance in terms of creating chances and getting into dangerous positions but was wasteful with his shooting and even more so with his passing.

Romelu Lukaku - 6/10

Although it was mainly down to good defending rather than bad forward play, Romelu Lukaku had a disappointing game today. He could have used more energy to try and take the game to Koscielny and Mertesacker.

Substitutes

Steven Naismith - 6/10

Came on in the final minute - hardly enough time to have any influence.

Leon Osman - 7/10

Offered a lot in the last 20 minutes after replacing Pienaar. Would perhaps be starting more were it not for his age.

Gerard Deulofeu - 8/10

Within five minutes of coming on, the 19-year-old had struck a beautiful equaliser. Is showing so much promise for Everton this season.

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