Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Stalemate Leaves Arsenal Frustrated

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Stalemate Leaves Arsenal Frustrated

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Arsenal 0 Everton 0 ARSENAL were left frustrated as Everton battled to a goalless draw in last night's Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had won four league games in succession to move above both Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.

However, despite plenty of endeavour, Arsene Wenger's men were unable to breakdown a determined Everton side, who utilised all their physical qualities if not collecting the win they probably needed to harbour any real hopes of getting into the top four.

Arsenal's best chances fell to Olivier Giroud, but the France striker failed to test Tim Howard.

The hosts had to be content with a point which sees them move two clear of their London rivals below them but having played more matches.

Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere started his second match in four days since returning from an ankle injury, while England forward Theo Walcott came into the side.

However, captain Thomas Vermaelen dropped to the bench with Per Mertesacker returning from a one-match suspension.

It was a lively start by Everton, who had won four of their last five matches.

After six minutes, Steven Pienaar was played into the right side of the Arsenal penalty area by Seamus Coleman.

However, he lifted his shot over both goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, back in the side because of injury to Lukasz Fabianski, and also the crossbar.

Arsenal pressed again on 25 minutes, the ball worked out to full-back Kieran Gibbs on the overlap down the left, but his angled drive flew into the Clock End.

Referee Neil Swarbrick finally reached for his pocket to show Darron Gibson a yellow card after the Everton midfielder clattered into Walcott.

Gibson was fortunate to stay on the pitch when he bodychecked the England winger a few minutes later, the referee instead deciding just to dish out a stern talking too - much to the disbelief of Gunners boss Wenger.

The notebook was, though, out again when Pienaar blocked Walcott's run towards the right side of the Everton penalty area. …

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