Everton vs. Arsenal: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
After a beginning that many would find hard to match, both Everton and Arsenal simply ran out of steam on a night where neither side deserved the three points on offer.
A first-minute opener from Theo Walcott hit the Toffees hard, but Marouane Fellaini was on hand to gift the Blues a very astute equaliser just 20 minutes later.
The pair will now retire to lick their wounds before resuming the battle for European qualification in the very near future.
Everton Starting Lineup:
Howard; Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Naismith; Fellaini; Jelavic
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios
Scorers: Fellaini (28')
Arsenal Starting Lineup:
Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho
Scorers: Walcott (1')
Michael Oliver blows the whistle for the end of tonight's events and after such an exciting first half, it's only natural that the second period failed to live up to the standards already set.
In the end, Everton and Arsenal will share the spoils, maintaining their struggle to break the top four after a night where nobody truly deserved the win.
I'll see you next time for more live football commentary, only here on Bleacher Report.
90'+3—EVE 1-1 ARS
Bodies are evidently tired as passing loses its lustre in these dying seconds..
90'+2—EVE 1-1 ARS
Gervinho leads an Arsenal counter, but Phil Jagielka chases his man down to put in a fantastic lunging challenge.
The ensuing corner keeps Everton on their toes, but Coquelin wastes a shot, firing wide and gifting possession back to the hosts.
It looks like Wenger certainly will be pleased with a point as Francis Coquelin comes on for the departing Santi Cazorla.
Yet again, Bacary Sagna gets caught out of position somewhat, and Nikica Jelavic takes advantage, parading down his team's left flank.
The Croatian then drills a low cross in front of Szczesny's goal, but Everton simply don't have the numbers forward for anyone to connect.
All the signs of a draw here.
88'—EVE 1-1 ARS
It's worth mentioning that, be it aerially or on the ground, Sylvain Distin has put an incredible performance to restrain this Arsenal attack.
Hard to believe that man's 34 years of age. Share with us your secrets, Sylvain..
85'—EVE 1-1 ARS
As we enter the final phases of this game, Everton look to be the wanting all three points just that little bit more, whereas Arsenal may settle for the draw.
It's times like these where seasons are deemed successes or otherwise.
82'—EVE 1-1 ARS
Gervinho is presented with an almost immediate chance and beats the Everton offside trap to get away from his markers.
Olivier Giroud finds enough space on the left to cross but fires just above the Ivorians head. A bit of a let-off for Arsenal.
The ineffective shape of Aaron Ramsey is taken off so that Gervinho can make his potential impact this evening.
77'—EVE 1-1 ARS
Both sides continue to have their share of chances, but the match is becoming predictably scrappy after a highly entertaining first 45 minutes.
Will these last 15 present us with the exhilarating finish we all desire?
David Moyes uses his second substitute to withdraw Darron Gibson in favour of the experienced Thomas Hitzelsperger.
Enter, The Hammer.
71'—Yellow Card—Bryan Oviedo
He may not have been on the pitch for long, but Oviedo finds himself in the book for an admitted foul on Theo Walcott.
71'—EVE 1-1 ARS
As always, some top notch football economy ethics from Piers Morgan in that last tweet.
66'—EVE 1-1 ARS
Luckily for Everton, they're attacking the Gwladys Street end this half, which will undoubtedly have its portion of any influence made in decisions by young Michael Oliver.
Just to simplify that, the fans in this section of the home support are very, very loud.
Steven Pienaar surges on the Arsenal goal, but goes down under a Mikel Arteta challenge. The Spaniard got very little, if any touch of the ball at all in making that attempt on the South African.
Everton are given a corner instead of a penalty, much to the displeasure of the home support.
And, just as I say that, summer signing Bryan Oviedo comes on for Steven Naismith, who has looked slightly off the pace this evening.
60'—EVE 1-1 ARS
While chances are still in the abundance, you get the sense that a substitution could be the key for either manager here.
Who will blink first?
57'—SZCZESNY TO THE RESCUE!
Wojciech Szczesny can again be thanked for keeping out a bullet-header, but this time the effort comes courtesy of Sylvain Distin.
Everton are camped in the Arsenal box following a corner, and the Pole produces a very fine stop to keep his side level. A real back-and-forth affair, this.
54'—EVE 1-1 ARS
That former Rangers partnership of Jelavic and Naismith appears to be a very affective one for Everton so far.
Arsenal have looked suspect to defend the pair at times.
51'—EVERTON GO CLOSE
Nikica Jelavic does very well to streak away from Bacary Sagna before delivering a ball into the area that Steven Naismith just can't get on the end of, thanks to a very neat last-ditch tackle.
Good build-up play by the hosts.
47'—EVE 1-1 ARS
Arsenal come out to resume the second half in much the same fashion that they ended the first; in a dominant position.
Theo Walcott powers an effort from outside the area, which strikes the back of Darron Gibson. Judging by how cold it is in Liverpool tonight, I can tell you that hurt—a lot.
The players are back out and it's Everton that get the second period underway.
No changes from either manager at halftime.
And that clearance is the last kick of the half as both sides head in level at the break.
Everton have come into the game a little slowly, and despite their goal, are still watching a lot of the Arsenal passing game that the Gunners love so much.
45'+3—EVE 1-1 ARS
Kieran Gibbs almost puts his 'keeper in a heap of trouble when he attempts a passback that's just a little too close to Jelavic.
The Polish stopper comes out to clear, but Gibbs can't play that riskily too often on a night like this.
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