Everton 2 Arsenal 2: Three talking points as Ozil & Sánchez disappoint

Everton 2 Arsenal 2: Three talking points as the Gunners fightback to secure a point at Goodison Park

By Mark McDougall
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Arsenal
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Arsenal’s big-money players not showing up

In the last two summers, Arsenal have splashed the cash on World Cup winner Mesut Ozil and Chile international Alexis Sánchez from Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, but the duo were very disappointing at Goodison Park. Ozil and Sánchez struggled to get involved in the clash on Merseyside as the Toffees surged into an early 2-0 lead. Sánchez lit up the World Cup but there was none of that shown in the Premier League clash and it gave Arsenal problems, but luckily they had Olivier Giroud to dig them out of a hole. Arsenal manager Wenger will need these two to up their games if they want to challenge for the title, or even a Champions League spot.

Concentration poor for Everton

If Everton are to compete for a top-four place, they will need to learn to see out games. For the second week in a row, the Toffees failed to secure victory and ended up drawing 2-2. Last week, newly-promoted Leicester City fought back, whilst a Giroud-inspired Arsenal showed fight on Saturday evening. Everton manager Roberto Martinez will rightly be annoyed with his sides inability to seal all three points, but he will be happy to see his attacking duo of Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku linking up well and causing problems for the opposition.

Coleman sparkles on return

The Republic of Ireland international has just returned from injury but he was his usual self by motoring up and down the right-hand side of the field and causing problems for Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal and Ozil. Coleman scored the opener for good measure, too. In a summer of big transfers, it has been a surprise not to see him linked with a big-money move, although he did pen a new deal at Goodison Park this year. But Coleman, second only to Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City in a list of Premier League full-backs, is proving his worth to Martinez and showing why his manager has him as one of the first names on his team sheet.

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