Everton 2-2 Arsenal: Giroud's last gasp goal completes stunning comeback

Everton 2 - 2 Arsenal

  • 19" Seamus Coleman
  • 45" Steven Naismith
  • 83" Aaron Ramsey
  • 90" Olivier Giroud

Ref: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 39,490

Everton Goodison 2

Arsenal performed a miraculous recovery to come from 2-0 down to rescue a 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

Arsene Wenger's side performed another late act this evening, just a week after Aaron Ramsey's injury time winner against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners were thoroughly outclassed by Everton for around an hour of the game, but an incredible revival saw them rescue a point against Roberto Martinez's Toffees.

An entertaining first half saw Everton dominate, and a poor defensive mistake from Mesut Ozil allowed Seamus Coleman to sneak in at the back post and head the ball past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Wojcich Szczesny from Gareth Barry's deep cross.

One became two when Arsenal were caught on the break with Per Mertesacker unable to shield the ball away from Romelu Lukaku, and the Belgian kept on going against a stretched Arsenal backline before threading a through ball into the path of Scottish international Steven Naismith, who slipped the ball through Szczesny's legs to give Everton a 2-0 lead.

Arsenal came out in mostly the same vein, but the introduction of Santi Cazorla sparked a recovery from Arsenal. The Spaniard's ball into the six yard box gave Aaron Ramsey the chance to bring Arsenal back into the game with just seven minutes left, and then another Spaniard crossed from the left in Nacho Monreal, with his ball into the box finding Olivier Giroud, who thumped his header past Tim Howard in the 90th minute.

Arsenal's comeback was commendable, but it changes little from their performance - they were second best for most of the game, and Arsene Wenger must once again ask questions of how his side perform in the big games. 

Statistics

Everton

Arsenal

Possession

45.8%
54.2%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Everton

  • Tim Howard
  • Leighton Baines
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Sylvain Distin
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Steven Naismith
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • James McCarthy
  • Gareth Barry
  • Steven Pienaar
  • Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes

  • Aiden McGeady
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Joel Robles
  • Muhamed Besic
  • John Stones
  • Christian Atsu
  • Leon Osman

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Calum Chambers
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Mesut Özil
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Alexis Sánchez

Substitutes

  • Olivier Giroud
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Damián Martinez
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Joel Campbell
  • Santiago Cazorla

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