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.