In a game of two halves at Goodison Park, Everton took a 2-0 lead into the break only for Arsenal to score two goals to finish the match 2-2. Here are the player ratings:
Tim Howard – 5
Didn’t have a lot to do with only three shots on target against him but conceding two goals does ask the question if he could have done more.
Seamus Coleman – 6
First half, the Irish full back played brilliantly and was rewarded with a goal to give Everton the lead. Second half, he faded and made mistakes. No pressure on Cazorla for the cross, which gave Arsenal their first goal.
Sylvain Distin – 6
Was strong and disciplined, like he always has been in his career. Was weak against Giroud for the equalizer, which ultimately lost Everton all three points.
Phil Jagielka – 6
Similar to Distin in the way he played today, was strong and controlled the back four well. Missed the header, which resulted in Giroud scoring, which again was similar to Distin.
Leighton Baines – 6
Had a somewhat quiet game by his standards. Was involved in the build-up to Everton’s first goal and had points in the game where he delivered well.
Gareth Barry – 7
Very good game for the central defensive midfielder. Kept the Arsenal midfield quiet for most of the game, which is not an easy thing to do. Assisted for Coleman’s first goal with a brilliant cross.
James McCarthy – 6
Had a quiet game, kept the game ticking throughout but didn’t do a lot to influence the game. His role in the team is to keep it simple and he did that very well. He just needed to put more of a stamp on the game when Everton were holding on to the lead.
Steven Pienaar – N/A
Only played eight minutes before injury ended his game early.
Kevin Mirallas – 7
Always looked a threat whenever he had the ball. His pace was devastating and had Arsenal by the scruff of their neck. Did tire towards the end but did enough throughout to cause problems.
Romelu Lukaku – 7
Was deployed on the right wing as he did against Arsenal in the 3-0 victory last season. Played very well first, setting up Naismith for the second goal. Was strong and played smart. Fitness was an issue towards the end before he was substituted.
Steven Naismith – 8 (Man of the match)
The Scottish player was asked to be the point of the attack and he did very well. Coming in deep to collect the ball, the Arsenal defenders were unable to stop him. Endless in his running and scored Everton’s second goal after great work from Lukaku.
Leon Osman – 6
Coming on for Pienaar, he was very sloppy when distributing the ball. Already having McCarthey on the pitch that does the same role as Osman saw him look lost at times.
Aiden McGeady – N/A
Had little of the ball in the fifteen minutes he was on the pitch.