Arsenal held to 0-0 draw by Everton
Arsenal missed a chance to tighten its grip on third place in
the English Premier League on Tuesday after being held to a 0-0
draw at home by Everton.
Both sides have hopes of playing in the Champions League next
season, but Arsenal will be left to rue the missed chances after
carving out opportunities in both halves for French international
striker Olivier Giroud.
”We should have won the game, but it keeps us in a strong
position for the top four,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley blazed a shot narrowly wide in
the second half of a closely-contested game at Emirates
Arsenal is third on 60 points from 33 games, but can soon be
caught by both Chelsea, on 58 points with two games in hand, and
Tottenham, which also has 58 points but has only one game in hand.
Everton stays sixth, two points further back.
”I would take a Europa League place now, but I’m going for the
Champions League,” Everton manager David Moyes said. ”We more
than thoroughly deserved a point but we did not do enough to win
Both teams wore black armbands to honor the victims of the
Boston Marathon bombings and commemorate the 24-year anniversary of
the Hillsborough disaster. A moment’s silence was also held before
In a physical and feisty first half, Steven Pienaar had the
first good opportunity after just five minutes when he found the
ball at his inside the six-yard box, only to see his effort sail
harmlessly over the bar.
Arsenal gradually took charge of the game but missed two good
chances on the stroke of halftime. Aaron Ramsey charged down the
right flank and sent a cross in toward Giroud, who reached the ball
ahead of the onrushing Tim Howard but sent the ball wide. Santi
Cazorla then charged into the box moments later only to his effort
acrobatically diverted for a corner from the sliding Phil
Arsenal started brightly after the second half, with Kieran
Gibbs looking increasingly dangerous down the left hand side.
He first set up Cazorla for a volley from the edge of the area
that forcing Howard to push the ball away for a corner. Gibbs then
stormed into the edge of the area minutes later but his cross could
not find anyone in a red shirt.
The impressive Barkley almost opened the scoring in the 64th,
his curling effort just evading Szczesny’s right-hand post. But
that was the visitors’ only chance in a second half dominated by
the home side.
With 10 minutes left, Arsenal then produced the best move of the
game as Gibbs was expertly fed the ball by the industrious Cazorla
and sent a low cross in toward the stretching Giroud, but Seamus
Coleman managed to slide in to clear.
Giroud had another great chance three minutes later as he
received the ball in the area and went past Phil Jagielka only to
blast his effort over the bar from a tight angle.
”Maybe we used too much power instead of technique in our
finishing,” Wenger said. ”But you have to respect Everton for the
effort they put in.”