Aug 23, 2014 at 5.30pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Everton
2-2
Arsenal
Coleman (19'), Naismith (45')
Baines (29')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Ramsey (83'), Giroud (90')
Mertesacker (43'), Wilshere (54'), Chambers (57'), Flamini (77')

Half-Time Report: Everton leading against Arsenal

Everton take a 2-0 lead into the break of their Premier League clash against Arsenal this evening, courtesy of goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith.

Goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith have given Everton a 2-0 lead against Arsenal at the halfway stage of their Premier League match this evening.

Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates scoring the second goal with team mate Leon Osman during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors came closest to scoring in the opening exchanges, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could only put his effort wide from the edge of the box.

However, it was Everton who broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when Coleman arrived unmarked at the back post to head Gareth Barry's cross into the roof of the net.

They should have doubled their lead moments later when Kevin Mirallas was played through on goal by Naismith, before dragging his shot past the post.

On the half-hour mark, Oxlade-Chamberlain had another opportunity for the Gunners, but again he failed to find the target.

Five minutes later, it was Everton who threated the goal once more as Mirallas curled a free kick from range just past the top corner.

In the final minute of the half, Everton scored their second when Naismith was slipped into the box by Romelu Lukaku before slotting through the legs of Wojciech Szczesny, but replays showed that the striker was offside.

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Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates his goal with team mate Mikel Arteta during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on August 16, 2014
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