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Everton vs. Arsenal: Score, Analysis and Grades
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In a key matchup between two squads battling for position in the EPL, Everton and Arsenal finished in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday afternoon.

Both squads were passed up by Tottenham, which knocked off Liverpool. Everton now sits in sixth in the table with 22 points while the Gunners are right behind with 21. 

It only took 50 seconds for the scoring to get started in this one. 

Aaron Ramsey left off a beautiful through-ball to Theo Walcott, who was streaking down the left side of the box. From there, the 23-year-old emerging star delivered a wonderful chip over the outstretched arms of Tim Howard into the top right corner of the goal.

Bam, 1-0.

Considering the start, it appeared as though we were in for a thrilling match. We were right.

Both squads exchanged threatening attacks as the pace continued to quicken, and it was Everton that took advantage in the 28th minute.

Arsenal gave it away in its own half, which is something you don't want to do with Marouane Fellaini lurking. The talented Belgian forward controlled the ball at the top of the box and sent a low line drive on the ground past Wojciech Szczesny in the bottom right corner. 

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Bam, 1-1. 

No one else was able to find the back of the net, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. The two teams sent off a combined 25 shots, with plenty of those needing very solid saves from Howard and Szczesny to keep things square.

Fans of both teams will likely be disappointed with the one point. Arsenal controlled 58 percent of possession while Everton was at home and often looked like the more dangerous team. Each squad had its chances, but neither was able to take advantage.

Nonetheless, common fans had to enjoy the back-and-forth nature. 

 

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Grades

Fellaini, Everton: A

Without a doubt the best player on the pitch in this one.

Not only did Fellaini slot home a clinical goal from outside the box, but he constantly created more chances with his threatening runs and accurate passes.

On the night, Fellaini finished with four shots on target, three key passes, two aerial duals won and three fouls drawn. 

 

Darron Gibson, Everton: C

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Gibson wasn't horrendous by any means, but he just didn't make enough of an impact out of the all-important center-mid position.

The Irishman was used more in defense, so his lack of presence on the attack is understandable, but he still managed to be dispossessed twice, which was second most on the squad.

Throw in two fouls and a yellow card on the defensive half, and it was a below-average performance from Gibson's standards. 

 

Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal: B+

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Szczesny probably should have done better on Fellaini's goal, but his view appeared to be somewhat blocked and his defense put him in an unfair position, anyways.

Other than that, the young Pole was terrific. 

Everton was the more dangerous side and put together a seemingly endless string of promising attacks, but Szczesny calmly put an end to them. He finished with nine saves, a couple of which were world-class efforts.

 

Bacary Sagna, Arsenal: C

It was an up-and-down game for the Frenchman.

On the one hand, it was his error on the defensive end that led to Fellaini's goal.

But on the other, he made several key passes from the back, whipped in a bunch of dangerous crosses and completed the second-most passes on the team (65) behind Jack Wilshere.

 

What's Next?

Arsenal will attempt to right the ship at home against Swansea will travel to The Etihad for a huge mathchup with Manchester City. 

 

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