Arsenal 0 Everton 0: Rough and tumble night ends all square as top four fight rumbles on
20:38 GMT, 16 April 2013
20:39 GMT, 16 April 2013
Arsenal and Everton slugged it out for a share of the spoils which does little to boost either sides' top four hopes.
The two came into the match in third and sixth place respectively, and remain there after a draw which will be remembered more its blood and thunder style than it will the football on show.
Such was the ferocity of the opening exchanges that tempers flared as the players left the pitch at half-time after Everton's Kevin Mirallas squirted Jack Wilshere with his drink.
Back on the pitch, Olivier Giroud wasted the two best chances enjoyed by either side, sliding one effort wide from an excellent Aaron Ramsey cross, then falling in a heap when well found by Theo Walcott.
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No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Monreal 90), Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 68), Cazorla, Walcott (Podolski 69), Giroud Subs not used: Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho
Booked: Arteta, Monreal
Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Distin, Barkley (Jelavic 76), Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe (Naismith 90) Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Neville
Booked: Gibson, Pienaar, Barkley
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
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Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy
Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half
Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break