Arsenal vs. Everton: Live Ratings for the Gunners

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterDecember 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates Stadium on December 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Arsenal host Everton in a Premier League match Sunday at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Live player ratings for Arsenal will appear here at halftime and full time, along with analysis for the first half and second half.

The match finished 1-1, with Mesut Ozil scoring for Arsenal and Gerard Deulofeu scoring for Everton. The goals came within four minutes of each other, late in the second half.

Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Everton
Wojciech Szczesny67
Carl Jenkinson66
Per Mertesacker77
Laurent Koscielny78
Kieran Gibbs67
Mikel Arteta67
Jack Wilshere66
Mesut Ozil68
Aaron Ramsey56
Santi Cazorla56
Olivier Giroud67
Theo WalcottN/A7
Tomas RosickyN/A7
Mathieu FlaminiN/A6


Half-time analysis

Everton impressed for most of the half, but the final pass was not there for the visitors. Arsenal played cautiously for much of the half, seemingly not wanting to be caught out. The Gunners' midfielders were guilty of too many giveaways, and Everton's Ross Barkley, meanwhile, was superb in the middle..

Everton controlled the pace for most of the half, isolating Arsenal full-backs Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson. However, Arsenal improved later in the half, with Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey setting up chances for each other.


Wojciech Szczesny: The first half wasn't quite as busy for Szczesny as you might expect. Everton dominated and took five shots compared to Arsenal's three, but the Toffees didn't hit the target with any of their shots.

Carl Jenkinson: Found himself isolated often on the right

Laurent Koscielny: Was involved in a bit of an altercation with Lukaku near the end of the half. Overall, he fared well against Everton's repeated attacks, making six interceptions. 

Per Mertesacker: The big German made only two interceptions (compared to Koscielny's six), but he led the team with four clearances. Completed 91 percent of his passes, the best percentage of any Arsenal player.

Kieran Gibbs: Had three interceptions and recorded two tackles.

Mikel Arteta: Unable to slow down an Everton break early, led to a dangerous situation. Was overrun at times in midfield but improved late in the half. Still completed 90 percent of his passes.

Aaron RamseyMade a couple of mistakes early, allowing Everton to regain possession. It was perhaps Ramsey's worst half of the season, at least for the first 35 or 40 minutes, but he did improve near the end, playing a nice through-ball to set up Giroud for a chance.

Jack Wilshere: Starting out wide on the right, Wilshere drifted into the middle and even shaded into areas on the left at times.

Mesut Ozil: Dropped deep trying to get into the game. One such action led to a sweeping Arsenal move that produced a good chance midway through the half.

Santi Cazorla: Completed only 72 percent of his passes. Not his best half.

Olivier Giroud: Worked hard, as usual. Had a chance late in the half and set up another for Ramsey.


Full-time analysis

The teams reversed roles early in the second half, with Arsenal clearly the better side. But the Gunners didn't go ahead until the 80th minute, when Mesut Ozil cleaned up at the back post after substitute Theo Walcott had headed down into the middle.

Four minutes later, though, Everton were level through substitute Gerard Deulofeu's fierce strike.

Olivier Giroud nearly scored the winner in stoppage time, but his sweetly struck shot cannoned off the bar.


Wojciech Szczesny: Saved comfortably from Pienaar early in the half after Everton broke forward quickly. Perhaps should have done better on Everton's goal, but he was alert to block Lukaku's shot moments later after the Belgian was released behind Arsenal's defense. 

Carl Jenkinson: x

Laurent Koscielny: Lost track of Lukaku a couple times in the closing moments but overall played well. Finished with eight interceptions and nine clearances, both best on the team.

Per Mertesacker: Led Arsenal with a 94-percent pass-completion rate. Made six clearances and three interceptions.

Kieran Gibbs: Creatied plenty of danger attacking and combining with his teammates down the left touchline. 

Mikel Arteta: Completed 88 percent of his passes.

Aaron RamseySubbed out midway through the half as Arsene Wenger shuffled his lineup. Not Ramsey's best game, but he did improve after a poor start.

Jack Wilshere: Replaced midway through the half in the triple substitution. 

Mesut Ozil: In the right place at the right time to score the goal. Highly accurate with his passing in the second half.

Santi Cazorla: Much more involved on the left side early in the half. Was replaced midway through the half.

Olivier Giroud: Should have been the one to score the goal, but he whiffed with his attempted shot from Walcott's pullback header. Came within inches of scoring a spectacular winner in stoppage time.


Mathieu Flamini: Came close with a first-time shot shortly after coming on.

Theo Walcott: Gave Arsenal another dimension with his speed. But his greatest contribution was the headed pass-back that set up the goal.

Rosicky: Started the goal sequence with a cross from the left.


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