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FULL-TIME Steven Naismith put Everton 2-0 up but Olivier Giroud's 90th-minute equaliser shares the spoils #EVEARS http://t.co/sesLRIOzvj

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Full time. Everton let that two-goal lead slip - and will be very much regretting not capitalising on their first-half dominance when they were probably four goals better than Arsenal. Credit to the visitors, though; Arsene Wenger was brave enough to make the half-time change that removed his big summer signing from the fray, replacing him with Olivier Giroud who eventually scored the equaliser. Thanks for following the match with me.
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And now Naismith seems to be injured. The clock is ticking...
90'+4
Giroud is on the ground having collided with the end of Distin's boot.
90'+3
Ramsey flicks on but nobody there to meet it.
90'+1
That's Olivier Giroud's first Premier League away goal since the 2-2 draw at Southampton in January 2014.

Two crucial last minute goals in a week...maybe I was a bit too tough on Arsenal.

90'
 
GOAL! And Giroud gets the equaliser in the last minute of normal time! Monreal did brilliantly to keep the ball in play, and Giroud gets his head to the cross, which passes over the hair of the Everton defence.
Arsenal Goal

Header - Bottom Left

89'
Osman and Baines stand over the ball, about 15 yards outside the box. It's tapped to the left wing where the plan is evidently to keep possession for a bit.
88'
Naismith has his feet taken away from him again by Cazorla - free kick to Everton and they are in no rush to take it.
86'
Corner to Arsenal, taken by Cazorla, but Giroud can't direct his header.

4 - Aaron Ramsey has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances. Lifeline.

Everton Substitution
84'
 
Atsu arrives at Goodison Park, replacing Kevin Mirallas.
83'
 
GOAL! Finally Arsenal get a goal back. A cheeky back heel from Ozil, a tempting ball in from Cazorla and a firm finish from Ramsey.
Arsenal Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Center

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Good ball in from Monreal to the far post, but there are no Arsenal players there looking for it.
82'
Joel Campbell falls over on the edge of the box, Osman misjudges the distance of his clearance. Comedy of errors at the moment.
81'
Debuchy clips the ball from the toes of Mirallas, and the break is prevented.
79'
Desperate from Ramsey, flashing a boot and slicing well wide.

Lukaku limped off on one shoe. Rumoured to have a toe injury. Has an ice bag on his foot. Went fast for an injured player though.

Arsenal Yellow card

Everton

Arsenal

77'
 
Another bad tackle from an Arsenal player, with Flamini swiping Naismith's legs from underneath him.
76'
Naismith has been terrific today as well - here he's teed up by McGeady, but his shot from the edge of the box is always rising.

15 minutes for Joel Campbell to score a hat trick. I believe.

RT @jasondevos: Arsenal just seem so soft. They'd have a great 5-a-side team - where winning tackles and headers isn't really required.

Everton Substitution
75'
 
And Romelu Lukaku - who has apparently got a toe injury - is replaced by Aiden McGeady. If he's in pain, he's hidden it well.
Arsenal Substitution
Arsenal Substitution
73'
 
Cazorla replaces Wilshere, and Campbell replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain. Final throw of the dice here.
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Baines is harried by the collective Arsenal defence but still gets the ball in, although none of his colleagues can capitalise.
70'
Mertesacker is struggling to deal with Lukaku here, who's sparky on the break and has two yards of pace on him.
69'
Another chance for Giroud, played in this time by Ozil, and Howard is alive to the danger again.
66'
Strike from Giroud, and very nearly on target...Wilshere played him in on the edge of the box, but that's well wide.
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PHOTO Steven Naismith's shot hits the back of the net. Everton 2-0 Arsenal (66 mins) #EVEARS http://t.co/yVMfpMr95r

If Arsenal played T20 they'd bowl 120 balls on a perfect length, wonder why they lost, then next match bowl 120 balls on a perfect length.

64'
Directionless cross from Ozil, managed skilfully away by Baines again.
63'
Barry now has a little dig at Ramsey - winning the ball but that's a, shall we say, firm challenge.
61'
Apparently not. Poor corner, a wild swing of the leg from an Everton defender, and it pings all the way through the box.
60'
Corner to Arsenal. Can they make this count?

'There's only one Steven Naismith' sings the Gwladys. Too right. #EFCvAFC

58'
Nearly two-thirds of the game gone, and this is ridiculously comfortable for Everton now.
57'
 
Chambers shoulder-charges Naismith into touch. Booking for him as well.
55'
Barry is still in one piece, albeit some pain.

Arsenal suck. Perhaps time for Wenger to ditch being "creative" in the transfer window in favour of being effective.

Arsenal Yellow card

Everton

Arsenal

53'
 
The nasty challenges are racking up now. Gareth Barry is left prostrate on the floor after Jack Wilshere takes a chunk out of him.
51'
Shout for handball! Referee Kevin Friend isn't going to give that - it looks like it's actually Ramsey's stomach - but it's a raucous appeal from the Gwladys Street End.
50'
And then Giroud gets a telling-off for clattering Leighton Baines.
49'
Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to divide the Everton back line with a ball through to Ozil, but it's blocked.
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And Giroud makes an immediate impact! He's running in at the far post and volleys Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass over.
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Back under way and this will be an interesting second half. Can Arsenal get back in this?
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PHOTO Steven Naismith beats Wojciech Szczesny to give @Everton a two-goal lead against Arsenal #EVEARS http://t.co/rzTCj8jQIw

46'
 
Giroud is on - replacing Alexis. Interesting.

Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball's family walk out at half time. This performance has been fitting of the Holy Trinity so far.

Arsenal Substitution
45'+2
Half-time. Everton are good for that lead as well. Expect Arsenal changes at the break.
45'+1
Arsenal have conceded two first-half goals in a Premier League match for the first time since April - when they lost 3-0 to, er, Everton.

GOAL! Naismith makes it 2-0. Lukaku destroyed Arsenal's defence.

45'
 
GOAL! Lukaku absolutely roasts Arsenal's flailing midfield, powering past the lot of them, and Naismith - looking a touch offside - fires through Szczesny's legs.
Everton Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Center

Arsenal Yellow card

Everton

Arsenal

42'
 
And a really hard challenge from Mertesacker on Naismith - studs up, and yellow card out.
41'
Arsenal really are far too casual in defence and aren't looking that good going forward either.
39'
Alexis and Ramsey attempt a link-up down the right but Howard as always is alert.
36'
Cheeky attempt by Mirallas to lob Szczesny from range there - slightly too high, but indicative of Everton's dominance and confidence.
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RT @Squawka: HEAT MAP: Leighton Baines & Seamus Coleman. Arsenal need to stop them getting forward. http://t.co/eBsLqfrkcG

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PHOTO @Alex_OxChambo takes a shot at Goodison Park. It's Everton 1-0 Arsenal after 36 minutes #EVEARS http://t.co/LUDlQHE1sC

35'
Curling free kick from Mirallas himself, into the side netting and fooling some of the fans on the other side of the ground.
34'
And Chambers takes the feet of Mirallas - he's allowed to get away with just a scolding, not a booking. It's a free kick on the edge of the box.
33'
Arsenal aren't even making an attempt to close them down, really.
32'
Everton playing keepball at the moment.
31'
Another wild slash from Oxlade-Chamberlain, skewing into touch past the near post.
30'
Nothing comes from the free kick, though; Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to create something but can't connect.
29'
 
Baines is booked for a late challenge on Debuchy. This little duel really is intriguing.
Everton Yellow card

Everton

Arsenal

27'
Osman just needed a little touch to play Mirallas in, but Arsenal are shaking the defence out and his pass is blocked.
25'
Ozil is trying to reingratiate himself - nice cross in for Oxlade-Chamberlain but he's off balance and it's cleared.

7 - No defender has scored more Premier League goals since the start of last season than Everton's Seamus Coleman (7). Mustard.

24'
Disappointing lack of control from Mirallas after a beautiful ball up the left channel from Naismith.
23'
Everton have won all previous six Premier League home matches in which Coleman has scored. Ominous.

We believe, even after last season's goalscoring exploits, that's Seamus' first goal at the Park End. Worth the wait! #EFCvAFC

22'
Mirallas thinks he was fouled as he nips past the statuesque Arsenal defence and screws his shot wide. Good chance.

If they're past you, maybe leave sticking your hand in the air and follow them instead. Just a thought.

21'
Questions do have to be asked about Ozil's failure to keep to his man there, but Chambers played everyone onside.
20'
Arsenal immediately on the attack looking for an equaliser.

Coleman. Everton 1, Arsenal 0. Set up by Barry, Ozil loses Coleman.

19'
 
GOAL! Seamus Coleman makes amends for that ridiculous pass earlier, getting his head to a cross after a nifty free kick routine and finishes brilliantly with a bullet past Szczesny.
Everton Goal

Header - Top Right

18'
Alexis is apparently shocked that his challenge on McCarthy - before which he checked to see where his man was - warrants a free kick.
17'
Debuchy nips in front of Baines to knock it out for a throw.
15'
Shot wide from Oxlade-Chamberlain, set up beautifully by the errant Seamus Coleman.
14'
Leighton Baines makes a sliding clearance and Mirallas races off on the break - again Chambers is solid.
12'
Lukaku is being well dealt with so far by Arsenal, and can't find the space to move in to.
11'
Good run forward from Oxlade-Chamberlain, the bane of the liveblogger's life, but his shot from distance is well off-target.
10'
Interesting battle emerging between Baines and Debuchy, it seems.
Everton Substitution
9'
 
A despondent Pienaar looks like he might cry as he heads off for treatment and is replaced by Leon Osman.
8'
Steven Pienaar has taken up residence on the floor. Looks like an early sub might be required here.

6. No goalmouth action as of yet here at Goodison, but both sets of fans are certainly up for this one. COYB! #EFCvAFC

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And when they're called upon to defend, Everton look momentarily confused.
5'
Naismith is pushing up to support the lurking Lukaku.
4'
Everton are dominant so far, retaining possession very well and moving forward.
3'
Mertesacker is starting on the left side of the central pairing, formation fans.
2'
Calum Chambers bundles over Pienaar, landing heavily on his right.
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Kick-off!
17:30
A nice evening at Goodison Park, as well, with the sun still shining there for the time being.

Everton v Arsenal let's go!!! Arsenal need a better overall performance than their opening day.

17:27
The Z-Cars theme plays, I dance in my chair, the players file out.
17:25
Everton and Arsenal have met in the English top flight on 23 August twice before in the top flight, in 1995 and 1977 – Arsenal won both matches 2-0 and 1-0, respectively.

.@Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "When you play against a side like Arsenal you have to be perfect in everything you do." #EVEARS

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The teams are warming up at Goodison Park. @Arsenal will wear their yellow away kit this evening. 15 minutes to go!! http://t.co/taYYfaLQz1

At Goodison Park which is one of the last places Arsenal would want to be after their midweek exertions in Turkey.

17:15
Mathieu Flamini’s Premier League debut was away at Everton on 15 August 2004 – he then scored his first Premier League goal in the reverse fixture that season, on the 11 May 2005, helping Arsenal to a 7-0 win.
17:15
If you fancy a flutter on the game you can get Everton at 7/4, Arsenal at 15/8 and the draw is 5/2.
17:10
Arsene Wenger: "We have young players, which means that every year they can be better, also the team improves with success, which we had a reasonable (amount of) last year. We have a good opportunity on Saturday to show that we have moved forward and that we are stronger than last year. It will be interesting, because Everton are a team now flirting with the Champions League places. They were close last year. They lost some pivotal games which allowed us to get (back) in front of them after they beat us, but they have the quality, so it is a good, good test."
17:05
Roberto Martinez: "You need to face this sort of opposition. What we saw last weekend is that we are really fluid in possession. The thing we need to change is that mentality to keep going forward and keep scoring goals. We didn't get that cushion that could have given us three points. It is true that until you play against sides like Arsenal and Chelsea you don't have the answers on the pitch. As a team we are ready. I feel pre-season was perfect, a real success."
17:00
For Everton in comes Mirallas and Coleman for Stone and McGeady.
16:55
So looks like Alexis Sanchez will play up front on his own. Plenty of attacking options on the bench for Arsenal though. World Cup heroes Mertesacker and Ozil come back in.
16:50
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, McGeady, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Stones, Alcaraz /// Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal; Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere; Ramsey, Ozil; Sanchez. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Rosicky, Bellerin, Giroud, Cazorla, Campbell
16:45
Hello and welcome to live coverage from Goodison Park as Everton take on Arsenal.

Starting Line-ups

Everton
Arsenal
    • 24
      Howard
    • 3
      Baines
    • 15
      Distin
    • 6
      C
      Jagielka
    • 23
      Coleman
    • 18
      Barry
    • 16
      McCarthy
    • 22
      Pienaar
    • 14
      Naismith
    • 11
      Mirallas
    • 10
      Lukaku
Team Manager:  Roberto Martinez
    • 17
      Sánchez
    • 15
      Oxlade-Chamberlain
    • 16
      Ramsey
    • 10
      Wilshere
    • 11
      Özil
    • 20
      Flamini
    • 2
      Debuchy
    • 21
      Calum Chambers
    • 4
      C
      Mertesacker
    • 18
      Monreal
    • 1
      Szczesny
Team Manager:  Arsène Wenger
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
T. Howard 0 1 2 17 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
L. Baines 0 0 0 3 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 90
P. Jagielka 0 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
S. Distin 0 0 0 2 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
S. Coleman 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
J. Stones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
A. Alcaraz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
M. Besic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Naismith 1 0 2 20 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 90
G. Barry 0 1 0 57 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
J. McCarthy 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
K. Mirallas 0 0 3 18 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 85
L. Osman 0 0 0 35 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 80
A. McGeady 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 14
S. Pienaar 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10
C. Atsu 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. Lukaku 0 1 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 76
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
W. Szczesny 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
P. Mertesacker 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
N. Monreal 0 1 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
M. Debuchy 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Calum Chambers 0 0 0 2 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
L. Koscielny 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
Héctor Bellerín 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Özil 0 0 0 65 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
A. Ramsey 1 0 2 69 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
M. Flamini 0 0 0 53 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 90
T. Rosicky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
J. Wilshere 0 0 0 39 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 74
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain 0 0 5 30 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 74
S. Cazorla 0 1 0 15 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 16
J. Campbell 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Sánchez 0 0 0 19 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 45
O. Giroud 1 0 5 16 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 45
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