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The referee brings the game to a close.
A cross is delivered by Seamus Coleman, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Seamus Coleman results in a free kick. Seamus Coleman goes into the book. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Emmanuel Eboue on for Marouane Chamakh.
Louis Saha has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save. Steven Pienaar sends in a cross, Tim Cahill scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Louis Saha.
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines to the near post, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
Leighton Baines crosses the ball, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Louis Saha fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Pienaar crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Shot from 20 yards by Steven Pienaar. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Jermaine Beckford is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jermaine Beckford from 18 yards. Save by Lukasz Fabianski. Corner from the right by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance. Effort from outside the penalty box by Jack Rodwell goes wide left of the target.
Seamus Coleman produces a cross, clearance by Alex Song. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Ayegbeni Yakubu sends in a cross, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
Jermaine Beckford concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.
Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Saha. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Bacary Sagna challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Ayegbeni Yakubu on for Mikel Arteta. Phil Neville goes off and Jermaine Beckford comes on. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Shot on goal comes in from Francesc Fabregas from the free kick, Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Shot from just outside the area by Neves Denilson misses to the left of the target. Andrey Arshavin goes off and Tomas Rosicky comes on.
Mikel Arteta crosses the ball, clearance made by Alex Song. Seamus Coleman sends in a cross, Samir Nasri makes a clearance.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Alex Song gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
The official flags Louis Saha offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.
Marouane Chamakh produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Francesc Fabregas manages to make a clearance.
Alex Song challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mikel Arteta from left channel, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
Francesc Fabregas fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Jack Rodwell produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar, Samir Nasri manages to make a clearance.
Neves Denilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francesc Fabregas on Sylvain Distin. Francesc Fabregas is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Sebastien Squillaci results in a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Francesc Fabregas grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 0-2 Arsenal.Marouane Chamakh provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from 25 yards from Francesc Fabregas. Save by Tim Howard.
Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.
The second half begins.
Neves Denilson on for Jack Wilshere. Jack Rodwell on for Johnny Heitinga.
The first half comes to an end.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Johan Djourou. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
Leighton Baines sends in a cross, clearance made by Jack Wilshere.
Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Foul by Mikel Arteta on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
Gael Clichy challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Neville. Leighton Baines fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Goal scored by Bacary Sagna from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance. Shot by Alex Song from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside against Tim Cahill. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
Francesc Fabregas produces a cross, clearance made by Seamus Coleman.
Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
Louis Saha fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri crosses the ball, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Louis Saha has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Johnny Heitinga receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Francesc Fabregas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick. The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
Phil Neville challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jack Wilshere.
Steven Pienaar is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Shot by Andrey Arshavin from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, Tim Cahill produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Samir Nasri takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Louis Saha, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Gael Clichy challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mikel Arteta.
Foul by Tim Cahill on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Louis Saha misses to the right of the target.
Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
Moyes wants more goals
Everton manager David Moyes would have no qualms resorting to long-ball tactics to get the goals flowing as his side prepare to host Arsenal on Sunday.
Moyes has bemoaned the Merseysiders' failings in front of goal all season and his frustration continues to grow.
The Scot felt his team passed up a number of opportunities to test Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in midweek and only a last-gasp Jermaine Beckford strike spared them from defeat.
Beckford's dramatic late equaliser was only the second goal from an Everton striker in the Barclays Premier League this season - Ayegbeni Yakubu's winner against Stoke a fortnight ago the other - and Moyes would happily change approach, if he had the players.
"I might go and start crashing the ball into the box, do it that way," Moyes said.
"It doesn't really matter what you do between the boxes - it is what happens in the boxes.
"Obviously people want to see a brand of football which they think is the right way to do things, and over the years in England there has been a lot of criticism of the long ball.
"But at the end of the day, if you get the ball in the box and knock it down and score goals, then it wins you games.
"At the moment our football is great up to the box but we can't seem to alternate our play.
"In the past we have had people like Duncan Ferguson who we could maybe have brought on and done something.
"So we are a bit limited in what we have got in that respect.
"We have to keep crafting and passing and finding a way of scoring."
Moyes does at least expect his side to be able to approach the game in their own way as they face Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Everton are without midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who marred his return after four games out injured by getting sent off late on against Bolton.
Jack Rodwell is getting closer to a return to action after three games as an unused substitute following his ankle injury.
Moyes has no doubt as to the Gunners' quality but expects both sides to set themselves up to win, rather than to stifle the opposition.
"They are a very good attacking side with lots of options in their squad," said Moyes, whose side were thrashed 6-1 by Arsenal in the corresponding fixture last season.
"I think they will come and do what Arsenal do.
"But I think we have played quite well against them in the last few games, although obviously the first one last season wasn't the case.
"It is a game that over the years I think has been quite close."
England left-back Kieran Gibbs returns to the Arsenal squad following a knee injury.
However, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), centre-half Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) and defender Laurent Koscielny (suspension) remain unavailable, while Aaron Ramsey continues his rehabilitation following a broken leg.
Arsenal head to Everton with confidence renewed following their battling win against Wolves at Molineux in midweek.
However, while the Gunners remain five points off leaders Chelsea, Everton are currently 12th, but only two points from fifth-placed Newcastle.
"This season is by far the most open I have experienced," said Arsene Wenger.
"If you look at some teams who are in the middle of the table, the quality of the teams they have, it is quite frightening.
"It will be very interesting until the end and as I said many times the team who can get together all the difference ingredients needed in every single game for the longest will win it.
"At the moment, Chelsea has a good advantage but apart from Chelsea everybody looks to have a chance, but also looks certain not to be in the top four."
Wenger continued: "I am convinced we have the potential and have the right spirit, we have shown that again against Wolves on Wednesday night.
"We go to Everton where we will want to show a similar commitment that we have at Wolves."
Arsenal will have a large number of players involved in next week's friendly between England and France at Wembley.
Teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere look set for another senior call-up by Fabio Capello and could be handed a first start.
"Of course it is good for Jack to feel he is part of the national team, and he has a chance because in friendlies you can look at players," Wenger said.
"Jack is a player who had an exceptional start to the season, has given a lot and has full commitment, a good combination of talent, intelligence and is still very young."
Gunners go second
Goals from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas proved decisive as Arsenal held off an Everton fightback to claim second in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 win.
Sagna opened the scoring after 35 minutes at Goodison Park with a ferocious strike from a tight angle and Fabregas doubled the lead early in the second half.
Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh spurned glorious chances to add to the lead but Everton produced a thrilling finish and deservedly pulled one back through Tim Cahill late on.
The Gunners also had Lukasz Fabianksi to thank for their three points, the goalkeeper having produced fine saves to deny Jermaine Beckford, Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha.
Jack Rodwell also blazed a fine chance over as Everton refused to surrender their seven-match unbeaten run without a fight.
The Toffees had their first chance of the afternoon from a set-piece as Mikel Arteta swung in a corner but Saha, impeded as team-mate Cahill jumped for the same ball, headed wide.
Nasri broke clear for Arsenal but opted not to pass as he reached the box and Sylvain Distin stuck out a leg to block his shot.
Everton countered swiftly from the resulting corner as Cahill released Coleman down the right. The exciting Irishman beat Fabregas as he raced into the box but Cahill headed over.
Jack Wilshere almost found a way through for Arsenal after intricate play involving Chamakh and Nasri but Phil Jagielka slid in at the cost of a corner.
Everton probed forward and Saha curled a shot over after Cahill failed to control the ball on the edge of the area.
After a subdued period, the game came to life as Sagna opened the scoring with a ferocious strike in the 35th minute.
Nasri first tested Tim Howard as he cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful left-foot shot from outside the area. The American saved well to his left but Andrey Arshavin retrieved the ball and teed up for Sagna to rifle into the top corner from a tight angle.
Webb courted controversy on the stroke of half-time when he refused Pienaar a free-kick just outside the area after an apparent push by Alex Song.
Saha then headed against the post from a corner but Webb caused further ire when he pulled up play to give a goal-kick having apparently felt the initial cross swung out of play.
Rodwell made a welcome return for Everton in the second half after 11 weeks out with an ankle injury, the midfielder replacing John Heitinga.
Arsenal also made a change with Denilson coming on for Wilshere and the Brazilian was soon involved.
Denilson won the ball after Arteta was fed a poor pass in the centre circle and broke forward. Fabregas then worked the ball on to Chamakh in the box and the Spaniard took a quick return pass to swivel and shoot beyond Howard.
Everton attempted to hit back and Arsenal were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men as Saha was hacked down by last man Sebastien Squillaci.
Fabregas was booked after a challenge on Distin which left both players on the ground but the incident appeared accidental, then Rodwell shot over.
Arsenal should have had a third after Nasri broke the length of the field but Howard stood up until the last moment to block the Frenchman's shot.
Chamakh then put another glorious chance over from a Fabregas cross but Saha was unlucky at the other end when Song got in the way of a fierce shot.
Everton sensed the need to attack and manager David Moyes went with three up front as he replaced Arteta and captain Neville for Yakubu and Beckford, who immediately went close as he turned sharply in the area but Fabianski tipped around the post.
Yakubu then picked out Pienaar with a low cross but again Fabianski was alert - and the goalkeeper did brilliantly to tip away a Saha shot.
Everton finally got on the scoresheet with two minutes remaining when Saha jumped high to reach a cross at the back post and Cahill fired past Fabianski - but four minutes of injury time did not produce an equaliser.
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