Be honest. With 10 minutes to go, who really thought that Arsenal were going to get something from the Everton game? Not me as Everton seemed to be coasting to an easy 2-0 win thanks to goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith, but their defence crumbled in the dying minutes to gift the Gunners a point.
First, Aaron Ramsey bundled home a Santi Cazorla cross and then, with 30 seconds to go, Giroud headed past Tim Howard thanks to some sloppy marking from Sylvain Distin. It was a huge comeback from the Gunners, the kind of comeback that we have not seen from the Gunners in recent years. But a good sign that this could be a special season as Arsenal did not play well, but still got a point at a ground where they got thumped last season.
With Giroud rested in the first half, Arsene Wenger went with Alexis Sanchez started as a lone frontman, but, despite his trickery and pace, he never troubled Phil Jagielka and Distin and he was hooked off at half-time.
To be fair, Giroud was not that much better when he came on, wasting a couple of good chances. But at least he was getting into good positions and his perseverance paid off in the final minute.
The less said about the referee the better today. A clear foul on the BFG in the buildup to Everton’s second goal and then with the linesman looking straight down the line, he somehow could not see that Naismith was offside when he received Lukaku’s pass.
What did you think of the game and Arsenal’s performance?