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Gerard Deulofeu Goal Cancels Out Mesut Özil, Denies Arsenal Seven-Point Lead Atop EPL Table

Gerard Deulofeu scored arguably the most important goal of the 2013-14 season (so far) to give Everton a 1-1 draw with Arsenal Sunday in London. Only minutes earlier Arsenal went ahead through Mesut Özil. The Gunners were about 10 minutes, plus stoppage time, from extending their lead about the table to seven points over Liverpool and Cheslea. Sure it’s only 15 games into the 38-game marathon, but a seven-point lead is a fairly significant gap considering Manchester City’s inability to win on the road and Chelsea’s up-and-down every week.

Instead, due to Deulofeu’s goal from nowhere, Arsenal are only five points clear. Everton moved up a point and is now only one point behind Manchester City for the final Champions League spot. Deulofeu, on-loan from Barcelona, must still have a little Catalan magic in his boots to beat Wojciech Szczęsny at the far post from that close with his right foot. American keeper Tim Howard also put in another solid 90 minute shift for the Toffees, keeping them in the match with some key saves throughout.

This was not a bad little four-day stretch for Roberton Martinez and Everton, which won at Old Trafford on Wednesday then followed it up with a point on the road at the Emirates vs. table-topping Arsenal. David Moyes, who?

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