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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
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13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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