English Premiership

What they said: Everton v Arsenal

2014-08-25 14:53
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (AP)

Cape Town - Olivier Giroud scored a dramatic late equaliser as Arsenal battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Everton.

Match report - Everton v Arsenal

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was satisfied with the character his side showed and believes it will provide a big boost ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Besiktas.

“In the end it is probably a good result because with 15 minutes to go everyone thought we had lost it,” said the keeper on arsenal.com.

“It was a disappointing first half and we conceded two soft goals, which is not good, but we showed great character to come back and get a result.

“It would have been very disappointing if we had come here and lost again without putting up a fight - so we had no choice in the second half. We came out and pressed them high and got the two goals.

“It is important that we move on quickly now and prepare for Wednesday night. Hopefully it will be an exciting game, it is certainly an important one for us so hopefully we will get a result.”

Roberto Martinez singled out Steven Naismith after his side was held to a draw against Arsenal.

“It is not just the goalscoring start that he has had, it’s the overall work ethic, the understanding of the game – they were all contributing to his and our performance." said Martinez on the club's website.

“I thought he was magnificent from the first minute to the last.
 
“He didn’t deserve to be in a team that left with a draw.”

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