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Arsenal 1 Everton 1

A searing drive from Gerard Deulofeu secured Everton a hard earned point at the Emirates Stadium after Mezut Ozil had given Arsenal the lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Michael Regan

A point was the least Everton deserved after yet another spirited display against one of the Premier League’s leading sides and caps a highly satisfying week that has taken in a 4-0 thrashing of Stoke and that famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

It is perhaps uninspiring that Roberto Martinez named an unchanged side from the XI that beat Man United and they appeared to carry on where they left off in Manchester, stroking the ball around the Emirates turf with supreme confidence.

The impressive Ross Barkley had the first opportunity but his shot from distance was deflected behind for a corner.

Everton continued to impress, at one stage Arsenal – the apparent pass-masters of the Premier League – were chasing shadows at the Blues passed it around them.

The only frustrating aspect was the lack of killer finish, with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas firing efforts well on target when well placed.

Arsenal grew into the game as the half wore on and began to show Everton how is should be done on the edge of the box.

Twice before the break the Gunners combined to play in Olivier Giroud and then Aaron Ramsey but Tim Howard made two smart stops.

Arsenal began the half the brighter and opened up a decent chance for Santi Cazorla, but his diving header was easy for Howard to claim.

Everton then roused themselves and battled back into the contest, Steven Pienaar firing in a rasping drive from the edge of the box that was well saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

The in-form Ramsey then found himself in space at the far post but his first time effort was well palmed out by the impressive Howard.

The visitors at this stage where taking everything Arsenal could throw at them and hurling it back with gusto, Barkley firing in another drive that stung the palms of Szczesny.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger responded by making an unusual triple substitution, with Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini all entering the fray.

The move initially had little effect, before Rosicky and Walcott combined to tee up Ozil at the far post and give Arsenal the lead with 10 minutes remaining.

The Arsenal supporters felt that was enough and were already totting up their seven-point lead at the top of the table. But this Everton side is not only made of stern stuff but crucially also has the quality to match their desire.

The Toffees pushed for an equaliser and when a cross from the left fell for Deulofeu at the far post, he pushed the ball onto his right foot before unleashing an unstoppable drive past the goalkeeper and into the net.

There was still time for both sides to push for a winner, Lukaku firing over from 30 yards before Giroud rattled the crossbar with a fabulous effort from around the same distance.

But in the end both sides had to settle for what was probably a deserved draw and another sign that Everton do not look out of place alongside the Premier League’s leading lights.