• Arsenal now five games without a win against Everton
  • Ramsey scores fourth goal in last five matches
  • Before that Naismith scored his second goal in two games
  • Both teams remain unbeaten after two matches

Two goals in the last seven minutes by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud denied Everton as Arsenal fought back to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

It appeared that the Toffees were to give the Gunners' title aspirations an early-season reality check as they took charge of the game with first half goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith.

Just as on their last visit to Goodison Park, a 3-0 defeat in April, Arsenal were being out-fought and out-thought by Roberto Martinez's side and looked set to suffer the consequences.

As impressive as Everton were with their slick passing and fluid moves going forward, it was far too easy for them to find a way through the Arsenal midfield and defence, and the Toffees were rarely troubled at the back.

Wenger impressed with fight-back

It would have been a familiar sight for the travelling fans, who saw their side ship 20 goals as they lost heavily in all four of their away games against the other teams in the Premier League's top five last season.

But that changed when Olivier Giroud came off the bench at half-time, and gave Wenger's side a platform up front to haul themselves back into the game and, eventually, salvage a draw.

Ramsey gave them hope when he converted Santi Cazorla's low cross and the much-criticised Giroud capped a fine display when he headed home Nacho Monreal's cross in the final minute.

The equaliser was a reward for Arsenal's persistence rather than their performance but perhaps it also demonstrated a new resolve that they lacked last season.

Finding a way of picking up points when they did not play well is not something that has come easy to the Gunners in the past but, after beating Crystal Palace in injury time last week, they have managed to do so in both their Premier League matches so far this season.

The ball hits the net as Steven Naismith wheels away in celebration

Naismith looked to have put the game beyond Arsenal with his side's second goal before the break

They certainly did it the hard way here, falling behind thanks to some terrible defending when a quickly-taken Everton free-kick was played to Gareth Barry.

He had time to look up and bend a cross into the far post, where Romelu Lukaku was unmarked but left the ball for Coleman to run in unchallenged and power home his header.

The Gunners did not learn their lesson at the back and were lucky not to go 2-0 down moments later. Naismith's flick-on found Kevin Mirallas surging into the area but he slipped as he shot and saw his scuffed effort roll wide.

Arsenal's defensive problems were being compounded by the complete lack of threat they were posing at the other end.

Alexis Sanchez was struggling to make any inroads as a central striker and Mesut Ozil was almost completely anonymous on the left of the three players behind him.

We ran out of energy - Martinez

Along with Ozil, Arsenal had another World Cup winner, Per Mertesacker, back in their line-up for the first time this season, but he was culpable in Everton's second goal on the stroke of half-time.

Lukaku muscled him off the ball far too easily as the Toffees broke forward and the Belgian surged past Calum Chambers before playing in Naismith, who appeared to be offside, to make it 2-0.

Everton's fans celebrated their dominance noisily at half-time and Wenger did not wait to act, hauling off Sanchez and sending Giroud on to lead the line.

The Frenchman had a chance to make an instant impression, but lashed Ramsey's teasing cross over the bar with a wild volley at the back post.

At least he gave Everton's defence something to think about, however, sending a skidding low shot wide from the edge of the area before finally forcing Tim Howard into a save after 69 minutes.

With Everton dropping deeper Arsenal pushed more men forward and, after Ramsey pulled their first goal back after 83 minutes, got their reward right at the end of the 90 minutes.

Monreal salvaged an over-hit cross and turned the ball back into the area where Giroud beat Distin and nodded home.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We ran out of energy and it became a feeling of wanting the game to end. We are not that sort of side that's not the way we play.

"I was delighted with the performance for 80 minutes. I thought the first half was phenomenal. We looked a real threat and kept Arsenal very quiet.

When you're in a situation you're close to three points, you get something to lose, you need composure to get on ball and take advantage of the opposition throwing bodies forward. Today we didn't have that mental energy."

Steven Naismith of Everton scores the second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal

Naismith scored his second goal of the season to make it 2-0 to Everton in the first half

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and his team-mates look dejected after going 2-0 behind

Sanchez (second from right) played the first half in a lone striker role

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (second from right) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal

Ramsey continued his fine goalscoring form with Arsenal's first goal to start the fight back

Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Arsenal

Giroud came on as a substitute at half time in place of Alexis Sanchez and headed in the equaliser

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines Booked
  • 18 Barry
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (Atsu - 85' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 10 Lukaku (McGeady - 76' )
  • 14 Naismith
  • 22 Pienaar (Osman - 10' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 07 McGeady
  • 17 Besic
  • 19 Atsu
  • 21 Osman
  • 26 Stones
  • 30 Alcaraz

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 18 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini Booked
  • 21 Chambers Booked
  • 04 Mertesacker Booked
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Campbell - 74' )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 17 Sánchez (Giroud - 45' )
  • 10 Wilshere Booked (Cazorla - 74' )
  • 11 Özil

Substitutes

  • 06 Koscielny
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 12 Giroud
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 39 Bellerín
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 39,490

Match Stats

Shots

8 13

On target

2 3

Corners

3 3

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +1:52

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:52

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

89:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

88:47

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:47

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

87:40

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

87:40

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:08

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:08

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).

85:16

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

84:52

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

84:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

83:29

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:29

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).

82:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

78:53

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

77:49

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

76:43 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:34

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

76:34

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:53

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

75:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Romelu Lukaku.

73:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Joel Campbell replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla replaces Jack Wilshere.

71:39

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

71:39

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:24

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

70:24

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:04

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:04

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

69:31

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:31

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

68:44

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Jagielka.

68:06

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:13

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

63:46

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

60:51

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kevin Mirallas.

60:24

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

60:24

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:19

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:19

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

57:10

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:10

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

57:04

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Flamini.

56:22 Booking

Booking Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

56:14

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:14

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

55:25

Offside, Everton. Sylvain Distin tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

54:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:49

Delay in match Gareth Barry (Everton) because of an injury.

53:17 Booking

Booking Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:43

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:43

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

51:57

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

50:27

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

49:53

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:53

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

48:42

Dangerous play by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

48:42

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:56

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 2, Arsenal 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Alexis Sánchez.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 2, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:38

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:38

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

44:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Arsenal 0. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a through ball following a fast break.

42:28 Booking

Booking Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:01

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:01

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

40:53

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

39:33

Hand ball by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

38:49

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:49

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

36:19

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:19

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

35:56

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

34:36

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

33:37

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:37

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

30:27

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

29:19

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

28:40 Booking

Booking Leighton Baines (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:31

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

28:31

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:56

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

25:56

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:38

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

21:04

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a headed pass.

19:58

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

19:58

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Arsenal 0. Seamus Coleman (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross following a set piece situation.

17:17

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:17

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

14:43

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:24

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a headed pass.

9:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar because of an injury.

9:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:30

Delay in match Steven Pienaar (Everton) because of an injury.

1:03

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

0:14

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:14

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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