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Arsenal misses chance to go further in front in EPL

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A fine 84th-minute goal by substitute Gerard Deulofeu has earned Everton a 1-1 draw at Arsenal that prevented the Premier League leaders from moving seven points clear.

Arsenal had taken the lead only four minutes earlier, through Mesut Ozil, but with a handsome advantage beckoning, on-loan Barcelona forward Deulofeu smashed home to earn his side the point that their endeavour deserved.

Having seen Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United drop points on Saturday, Arsenal are nonetheless five points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of their trip to City next weekend.

Defending champions United, meanwhile, are now 13 points behind Arsene Wenger’s side in ninth place.

“We regret we were 1-0 up and couldn’t keep a clean sheet,” said Arsenal manager Wenger, whose side will look to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of Champions League qualification at Napoli on Wednesday.

“We were caught a bit on the flanks. This team has a fantastic attitude and response always. They give everything,” Wenger said.

“The three points would have been better, but the attitude and quality of the players is there and is a good basis for improvement.”

It was another spirited performance from Roberto Martinez’s Everton, who won 1-0 at United on Wednesday and continue to stalk the Champions League contenders, sitting a point below fourth-place City in fifth.

“Their goal came from nothing, but to display the character and come back to score with a goal of that quality was fitting for a game of that standard,” Martinez said.

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