Everton 2 Arsenal 2
( Coleman19, Naismith 45, Ramsey 83, Giroud 90)

It had all the makings of being another heavy defeat at Goodison Park, where Everton ran into a comfortable 2-0 half time lead against an Arsenal side who at that stage where looking well short of their normal game. Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put the Toffees in command at the break, the Gunners misfiring with lone Alexis Sanchez being tasked as the furthest attacker. Arsene Wenger had to re-organise at half time, and having replaced the Chile striker with Olivier Giroud, a much more balanced Arsenal offence saw late goals from Aaron Ramsey, and in the last minute of normal time, Giroud’s thumping header, cap a remarkable turnaround for Wenger’s side to claim a well earned point.

Wenger brought added Mesut Özil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nacho Monreal and Per Mertesacker to the Arsenal team from the side which beat Crystal Palace last weekend, and an early effort from Oxlade-Chamberlain suggested that the away side were up for the fight.

Under Roberto Martinez, Everton are a much more dynamic side, with Romelu Lukaku and the often underestimated Naismith providing the attack options. It was a defensive relapse from Özil which would cost the Gunners the early goal. Gareth Barry’s deep cross was claimed by Coleman over Lukaku and the defender, unmarked as Özil switched off, saw his header power past Wojciech Szczesny, despite the Pole getting one hand to the ball.

Kevin Mirallas was also giving the visitors cause for concern as the Gunners failed to create anything of note. Jack Wilshere has come under scrutiny of late, unfairly so given his recent injury set backs and this being an early season fixture, but Everton were able to nullify Wilshere at every turn and that will worry Wenger.

As an Arsenal attack unraveled, Everton began a controversial move which doubled their advantage. The home side broke out. Mertersacker seemed to have been unfairly nudged off the ball, but play was allowed to continue. Lukaku skipped past Calum Chambers, and although he fed Naismith in an offside position, the resultant goal was allowed to stand for the home side to grab a 2-0 lead on the stroke of half time.

After the break, on came Giroud and within seconds of his introduction, he volleyed over the bar from Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross with only Tim Howard to beat. Two further chances fell to the France striker, one scuffed wide after some good ball control and then Howard saved as the Gunners stepped up a gear sensing a resurgence.

Given the form he is in, we shouldn’t be surprised that it was Ramsey who grabbed the Gunners a lifeline. Substitute Santi Cazorla drilled a low cross from the right and alert as ever, the Welshman was first to the ball, beating Leon Osman and Coleman to score past Howard.

Everton still looked lively, but as their energy levels dropped, Arsenal seized their chance. Ramsey’s over hit cross was salvaged by the advanced Nacho Monreal. The Gunners’ left back cross eluded Phil Jagielka’s jump as Giroud saw off the attentions of Sylvain Distin to head beyond Howard for an away point in the final seven minutes of an enthralling game, for an away point which sees Arsenal maintain their unbeaten start to the season.