London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Gerard Deulofeu’s late goal carried Everton to a 1-1 draw with Premier League leader Arsenal Sunday at Emirates Stadium.
Deulofeu, a Barcelona loanee, scored with six minutes remaining as Everton ended an excellent week, which also featured a victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Deulofeu, who was introduced just five minutes before scoring, fired one past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to rescue a point for Everton.
“We conceded really late from an unlikely source but we didn’t accept defeat.The draw was a fair result. For long spells we frustrated Arsenal and looked like the home team. The players deserve huge credit,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said.
With the draw, Arsenal missed a chance to go seven points clear at the top of the standings but extended its lead to five points over Liverpool and Chelsea.
“A point is not bad to take. Overall, ideally we wanted seven but at least we got five points. It gives you a little bit of cushion to play in a serene way against the other teams,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
After dominating majority of the game, Arsenal looked to have secured three points when Mesut Ozil converted from close range in the 80th minute. However, Deulofeu had other plans as he scored the game-tying goal four minutes after.
Olivier Giroud, who returned to the starting lineup, almost found a dramatic winner for Arsenal, firing a long-range effort against the crossbar deep into stoppage time.
Meanwhile, Rene Meulensteen claimed his first win as Fulham manager and ended Aston Villa’s five-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage.
Steve Sidwell scored midway through the first half to give Fulham the lead, which was extended nine minutes later when Dimitar Berbatov scored just his second Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot.