Arsenal 0-0 Everton: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Premier League: Arsenal 0-0 Everton
16 April 2013
Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Arsenal XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla; Giroud
Everton XI: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Mirallas, Barkley, Gibson, Pienaar; Fellaini; Anichebe
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were the big winners, Tuesday, as Arsenal and Everton played out a scrappy, scoreless draw at Emirates Stadium.
The splitting of the points means the Gunners are just two points above their London rivals in the race for Champions League football, with Chelsea having played two fewer matches and Spurs one.
Neither Arsenal nor Everton were able to create much in the way of quality goalscoring opportunities over the 90 minutes, although Olivier Giroud will surely rue at least one of his three half-chances. With 11 minutes remaining he was played in nicely by Kieran Gibbs but ended up blasting his effort well over the bar from in close.
At the other end Kevin Mirallas was Everton’s most serious threat of goal, but it was young Ross Barkley who came closest for the guests, cutting in on his right foot and curling an effort from distance just wide of the far post.
The biggest talking point of the night, however, was not a missed chance but a missed call from referee Neil Swarbrick, who probably should have ejected Everton midfielder Darron Gibson following an intentional block on Theo Walcott.
Gibson had been issued the first yellow card of the match just minutes before after clattering into the same player.
That's all for me, folks. But keep it locked to B/R for all your post-match analysis and previews of tomorrow's games.
FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-0 Everton
90+3' YELLOW CARD for Monreal, who brought down Naismith.
90+2' Naismith has replaced Anichebe for Everton.
There will be four minutes of added time.
90' Monreal has replaced Gibbs for Arsenal.
90' Arteta found himself in the clear after a neat exchange between Podolski and Cazorla, but Coleman did ever so well to just nick the ball from his feet.
88' Gibson with a lovely cross to Mirallas, but the Belgian's second touch let him down and he coughed up possession. Rather sums up his night.
Half-hearted handball shout after the ball came off Coleman. Definitely wasn't intentional, and it got more of his stomach than his arm.
If Olivier Giroud was a character in The Wizard of Oz, he'd be some kind of big, gawky bird who didn't have a right foot.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) April 16, 2013
Should have bagged one of his chances, you feel. But to be fair, neither side has really created much in the way of quality goalscoring opportunities.
84' Fellaini on the receiving end of a challenge for a change as Ramsey clips him. At this point Arsenal look the only side likely to get a late winner. But stranger things have happened...
While Giroud is struggling to find the back of the net, rumoured Arsenal transfer target Mario Gomez has scored three goals in six minutes for Bayern, who are on their way to the DfB Pokal final.
81' Jelavic with a needless giveaway as Everton broke downfield. Can't be giving the ball away like that. My goodness.
79' Giroud misses AGAIN! Cazorla with a really nice ball into the Frenchman, but perhaps Jagielka did just enough to close him off.
As it stands, Everton are four points back of Arsenal and three adrift of both Chelsea and Spurs. They don't want to lose this, but a draw doesn't do them much help, either.
78' Oxlade-Chamberlain breaks downfield after a superb ball from Podolski, but once again Giroud cannot get on the end of the resulting ball into the goalmouth. Oxlade-Chamberlain should probably have just taken the chance, himself.
76' Jelavic replaces Barkley for Everton. Moyes is going for it.
74' Ramsey's header from an Arsenal corner is deflected over the bar for another corner. Ramsey with another opportunity but Howard smothers the ball.
71' Just under 20 minutes to play at the Emirates, and there's still nothing separating Arsenal and Everton. The biggest talking-point so far involves Toffees midfielder Gibson, who can consider himself lucky to still be on the pitch after a block on Walcott midway through the first half that might well have resulted in a second yellow card.
70' YELLOW CARD to Everton's Barkley for a shirt pull.
68' Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Wilshere and Podolski comes on for Walcott. Wilshere, to me, didn't look particularly fit.
68' Everton spreading the ball around in their own half but are struggling to move it forward. A couple Arsenal changes coming up shortly.
65' Barkley cuts onto his right foot and hits one just wide! Everton coming on a bit now.
64' Corner for Everton. Mirallas cuts inside and his cross is headed wide by an Arsenal defender.
62' Sagna with a cross to no one and Howard catches the ball unharassed. Meanwhile, Walcott is down after a collision with Baines. Not intentional, that one.
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