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Everton v Arsenal

Everton's unbeaten run is over after a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

David Moyes' side had plenty of possession throughout but ultimately Gunners goals in either half from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas halted the Blues' seven game unbeaten run - despite Tim Cahill's late goal giving his side hope.

Before the game wreathes were laid as part of the Remembrance Day tributes and a period of silence was impeccably observed.

Everton created a great chance as early as the 11th minute when Seamus Coleman surged down the right, outstripped Fabregas and floated the ball onto the head of  Cahill who nodded disappointingly over the bar.

The young Irishman threatened again moments later before Andrey Arshavin had Arsenal's first efforts, both off target from distance.

Saha pressurises SquillaciSaha pressurises Squillaci

Louis Saha's left-foot curler was similarly misdirected 27 minutes in but Arsenal's 36th minute opener was the result of a much better effort.

Samir Nasri's strike was palmed away by Tim Howard but Arshavin fielded the rebound and fed Sagna who lashed the ball high into the net from an acute angle.

Everton continued to probe without seriously troubling Fabianski and in first half added time Sylvain Distin headed a deep corner against the post.

It wouldn't have counted though, with ref Howard Webb awarding a goal kick, saying the ball had already crossed the goal line before the Frenchman headed it back.

And things got worse for Everton shortly after the break when Arsenal sub Denilson robbed Mikel Arteta in the middle of the pitch and drove forward, eventually feeding Fabregas who exchanged passes with Marouane Chamakh before steering the ball past Howard.

Heitinga and Arshavin fight for the ballHeitinga and Arshavin fight for the ball

Straight away Sebastien Squillaci was booked for hauling down Saha on the edge of his own box, with the Goodison crowd suggesting he may have been the last man. Leighton Baines' free kick was comfortably snared by Fabianski though.

Fabregas was next in the book after a late challenge on Distin and just before the hour mark Jack Rodwell, on for Heitinga at the break, squandered a great chance to get his side back into the game after superb build-up play from Pienaar on the right-hand side.

Nasri was denied by Howard and Chamakh missed a sitter for Arsenal before Song blocked Saha's goal-bound effort, again after good work by Pienaar.

With 20 minutes left Moyes withdrew a defender, Phil Neville and midfielder Arteta, introducing Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford in an attacking triumvirate in search of a comeback.

Rememberance Sunday wreaths at Goodison ParkRememberance Sunday wreaths at Goodison Park

They had an effect; Beckford seeing a curling effort finger-tipped wide inside the last 10 minutes and Yakubu teeing up Pienaar who forced another good stop from Polish custodian Fabianski.

Next a shot from Saha was pushed away for a corner and from the flag-kick Cahill turned the ball home to give Everton brief hope that a point could be salvaged.



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