Watch The Color Purple Cast Perform ‘Miss Celie’s Pants’

first_img Related Shows That woman’s a wiz with the sewing machine—and the audience! The Color Purple Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo appeared on The View on June 2; before performing with the vibrant cast, the Broadway newcomer thanked View host Whoopi Goldberg for inspiring her. (Goldberg nabbed an Oscar nom for the role of Celie in the 1985 film. She and Erivo also have the role of Sister Act’s Deloris in common.) Watch the resplendent cast of The Color Purple perform “Miss Celie’s Pants,” and be sure to catch the Tony-nominated revival at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre! Star Files View Comments Cynthia Erivocenter_img The Color Purple Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Cynthia Erivolast_img read more

Bolivia Admits Some Coca Goes to Illegal Drug Trade

first_imgBy Dialogo October 19, 2010 President Evo Morales on 17 October urged farmers growing coca — the source plant for cocaine — to respect production limits because the excess crop was being funnelled to the illegal drug trade. Morales, 50, is a former head of the powerful coca farmer’s union in the Chapare region, the heart of Bolivia’s coca growing region. “Part of our coca goes to the illegal market” for the production of cocaine, Morales told a meeting of some 1,000 delegates of various regional coca growing unions. Coca has been grown legally for centuries in the Andean nations, where locals use it for medicinal purposes. Chewing coca produces a mild narcotic effect that helps combat altitude sickness in the high mountain range. Coca growers have been pressing their union leaders to demand higher official production quotas. “If the whole production went to the legal market, there would be no problem, but some of it is being diverted,” Morales said. Bolivia legally allows 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of coca bushes to be planted, but currently more than double that amount — some 30,500 hectares (75,400 acres) — are under cultivation, according to figures from the Organization of American States (OAS). Forty-five percent of the world’s coca leaf production comes from neighboring Peru, according to a June report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Nearly 40 percent is grown in Colombia, and 15 percent is grown in Bolivia, according to the report. Colombia remains the largest source for processed cocaine, and United States and Europe are the main cocaine-consuming markets, according to the UN report.last_img read more

Costa Rica seizes drug cargo destined for Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo July 19, 2012 MOÍN, Costa Rica — The country’s National Drug Control Police seized 88 kilograms (194 pounds) of cocaine divided among 28 packages stashed in a container in this Caribbean port city on July 16, authorities said. The container, which arrived days before from Colombia, was destined for Europe after scheduled layovers in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, the National Drug Control Police said, without specifying the final port of call. The narcotics were hidden inside an insulated thermal unit of the container and were found in a joint operation by Costa Rican customs agents, Police and the Public Security Ministry. No arrests were made. [Msp.go.cr (Costa Rica), 17/08/2012; Espanol.upi.com, 17/08/2012]last_img

Operation MARTILLO: U.S. and Canada Cooperate to Seize Cocaine

first_img Mexican Army, Navy, Federal Police capture an alleged top Sinaloa Cartel leader The Kauffman deployed its U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment to board the vessel. However, the water grew rougher, making the interdiction more difficult. Canadian ships Goose Bay and Shawinigan arrived to help with the interdiction, and Naval forces found the cocaine in a hidden compartment. La Señora, who allegedly used a network of companies to assist in the drug-smuggling operation, is also wanted in Honduras, where he allegedly has close ties with the Los Valles organized crime group. The Kauffman deployed its U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment to board the vessel. However, the water grew rougher, making the interdiction more difficult. Canadian ships Goose Bay and Shawinigan arrived to help with the interdiction, and Naval forces found the cocaine in a hidden compartment. Naval forces removed the cocaine and crew members from the vessel before the Kauffman sank the ship off the coast of Panama after determining it was in no condition to return to shore because it had taken on too much water. U.S. and Canadian Naval forces captured eight crew members in connection with the cocaine, which had a wholesale value of about $33.9 million. Naval forces conducted the interdiction on February 28 after crew members of the Kauffman, which was conducting patrols in international waters, noticed a suspicious vessel. The Kauffman, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate, is deployed to the 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. La Señora, who allegedly used a network of companies to assist in the drug-smuggling operation, is also wanted in Honduras, where he allegedly has close ties with the Los Valles organized crime group. The Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police teamed to capture an alleged high-ranking leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in the city of Cancún. Security forces took him into custody as he tried to switch vehicles, apparently to evade law enforcement officers. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Neither the U.S. nor Canada immediately reported the suspects’ identities nor which narcotrafficking or organized crime group was believed to be responsible for the cocaine. He had been on the U.S. Treasury Department’s most-wanted list since 2014 and is suspected of having close ties to the heads of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Mexican Marines captured El Chapo in February 2014. The USS Kauffman partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy to seize 1,017 kilograms of cocaine off a vessel in the western Caribbean Sea in support of Operation MARTILLO. The USS Kauffman partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy to seize 1,017 kilograms of cocaine off a vessel in the western Caribbean Sea in support of Operation MARTILLO. By Dialogo April 14, 2015 The Sinaloa Cartel is a transnational criminal organization that’s one the world’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. The suspect, alias “La Señora,” “is accused of trafficking large quantities of cocaine via the Colombia-Honduras-Guatemala route into Mexico, with the final destination in the United States,” National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told reporters. “[He] used an extensive criminal network that allowed him to run an organization capable of transporting many tons of drugs per week.” Mexican Army, Navy, Federal Police capture an alleged top Sinaloa Cartel leader The Sinaloa Cartel is a transnational criminal organization that’s one the world’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. The suspect, alias “La Señora,” “is accused of trafficking large quantities of cocaine via the Colombia-Honduras-Guatemala route into Mexico, with the final destination in the United States,” National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told reporters. “[He] used an extensive criminal network that allowed him to run an organization capable of transporting many tons of drugs per week.” The Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police teamed to capture an alleged high-ranking leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in the city of Cancún. Security forces took him into custody as he tried to switch vehicles, apparently to evade law enforcement officers. The Kauffman, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate, is deployed to the 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Neither the U.S. nor Canada immediately reported the suspects’ identities nor which narcotrafficking or organized crime group was believed to be responsible for the cocaine. Naval forces removed the cocaine and crew members from the vessel before the Kauffman sank the ship off the coast of Panama after determining it was in no condition to return to shore because it had taken on too much water. U.S. and Canadian Naval forces captured eight crew members in connection with the cocaine, which had a wholesale value of about $33.9 million. Naval forces conducted the interdiction on February 28 after crew members of the Kauffman, which was conducting patrols in international waters, noticed a suspicious vessel. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. He had been on the U.S. Treasury Department’s most-wanted list since 2014 and is suspected of having close ties to the heads of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Mexican Marines captured El Chapo in February 2014. last_img read more

Ahead of Tokyo Olympics: Your Welfare Is My Priority – Dare tells athletes

first_img ”This is what we are doing. Gone are the days when athletes wait till competition venue to get training grants that ended up to be counterproductive.’. ‘I am impressed with what I have seen here and I can assure you that we will encourage the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to provide more competitions for you to keep them busy, evaluate your performances and ensure the needed growth is achieved. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will also provide the necessary support to the AFN to ensure a smooth and efficient administration of the sport. We will not interfere in the day-to-day running of the administration of the AFN. We will only collaborate and provide the necessary intervention especially when the team is going for international competitions where they will be representing Nigeria.’. The AFN All-Comers witnessed a huge turn out of athletes who expressed their appreciation to the federation for giving them a quality event to assess how far they have gone in their training as they prepare for two major events this year. Enoch Adegoke, Emmanuel Arowolo, Favour-Ofili,Ifeanyi Ojeli,Joy Udo-Ganriel,Oyeniyi Abejoye and a host of other national athletes who represented Nigeria at the African Games in Rabat,Morocco last year gave glimpses of what Nigerians should expect this year. Meanwhile, the AFN has debunked rumours that the few athletes who attended the illegal competition in Ozoro in Delta state will be sanctioned. Read Also:2020 Olympics: Sports Minister plans with Presidents of Federations on Nigeria’s successful outing ‘That is just a figment of the imagination of people who are bent on distracting us but we are focussed,’ said Olamide George, president of the AFN. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Sunday Dare, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development has said the welfare of athletes will not be negotiable as they prepare for both the African Athletics Championships in Algeria and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. New Sports Minister Sunday Akin Dare Dare said this while addressing track and field athletes in Akure at the weekend at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) All-Comers competition. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Dare said he will create a safe environment for the athletes to train and compete. ‘Government is determined there is the rapid development of sports in Nigeria as it is not only a unifying factor but also generates employment. This is why the welfare of athletes, especially their off-field environmental which has been taken for granted will be given priority attention,’ said Dare. The Sports Minister says prompt payment of allowances and training are key to success in sports and that athletes will no longer be owed allowances either in part or in full again. ‘I am sure you are all aware of the adopt a talent programme we have introduced. It is for all categories of athletes, whether foreign or home-based. I am sure one or two people here have benefitted from it. I can assure you we are expanding the net to capture more athletes,’Dare promised, adding that government all over the world partners with individuals and corporate bodies to develop sports.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Foreman begs Tyson to call off boxing comeback at 53

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Super Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemShe Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan WomenInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Best Cars Of All Time “I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. “Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***er like me. “I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition. “I’m starting to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.” The “Baddest Man on the Planet” was crowned the youngest world champion ever, aged 20, and his illustrious 20-year career saw him knock out 44 of his 50 opponents. His former trainer has even claimed he would still KO fellow American Deontay Wilder inside a MINUTE if he trained for six weeks. In recent years, Tyson has been more focused on his business and owns a weed farm in California having previously gone bankrupt in 2003 – when he was forced to sell his extravagant 52-room mansion to 50 Cent for £3.3million. read also:Inside Tyson’s 52-room mansion he sold to rapper 50 Cent for £3.3m But he has clearly been considering hopping back in the ring for some time – having given his two cents on how he’d fare against the likes of Tyson Fury, Wilder and Anthony Joshua. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Iron Mike, 53, recently revealed he is training for a stunning return to boxing amid plans to compete in four-round exhibition fights for charity. But Foreman, who the oldest world heavyweight champion ever at 45 in 1994 when he beat Michael Moorer, has pleaded with Tyson to keep the gloves off. Foreman, 71, told World Boxing News: “Tyson has done enough great things for boxing. No more is needed. “He is in the Hall of Fame and was a mighty puncher.” Tyson last stepped inside the ring in June 2005 – where he was stopped by Kevin McBride – but recently admitted he might make a return 15 years on. Speaking on an Instagram Live with rapper T.I. he said: “I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. “That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. “I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. Loading… Former boxing heavyweight champion, George Foreman, has begged Mike Tyson to call off his boxing comeback, saying “no more is needed” from the big-hitting heavyweight legend.last_img read more

Drogba reveals how Mata’s advice helped Chelsea win UCL

first_img “Eight years ago, the Manager [sic] had been sacked by the club and we, the players had a team meeting where we recognised being partly responsible for his departure,” Drogba wrote. “The captain [John Terry] spoke, [Frank Lampard] [Petr Cech] and other leaders in the group too. “We decided to all give this competition everything, despite our defeat 4-1 against Napoli. “We had been chasing this trophy for eight years and couldn’t do better than runner up. Everyone agreed to put egos aside and challenge each over [sic] for the same goal. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Disney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the 83rd minute at the Allianz Arena and Drogba admitted that he was “so discouraged.” But the Ivorian former striker would cross paths with Mata again on the pitch and the Spaniard told him to believe as Drogba was on the verge of tears. Drogba tweeted: “Three months later, we were in Munich, in the final, in their stadium, submerged with a red wave. Loading… Chelsea mounted a successful comeback against Napoli in the second leg and continued to march all the way to the final against Bayern Munich. And the Blues were on the verge of going out of the Champions League after they suffered a first-leg 3-1 defeat to Napoli in their round-of-16 tie.Drogba, 42, has taken to Twitter and explained how the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech stepped up during a team meeting and how the players recognised they were “partly responsible” for Villas-Boas’ dismissal. The Chelsea hero, who retired from football in 2018, also opened up about his exchange with Mata over a series of tweets. I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the final with Côte d’Ivoire.Last minute, last corner, I mean first corner for us against eighteen for Bayern Munich.Guess who took that corner kick… @juanmatagarcia and the rest is history.The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE !!!!— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 19, 2020center_img on my way to kick the ball for the last 8 minutes I was so discouraged, the young man said to me “believe Didi, you have to believe” , almost in tears I answered after looking at the time score “believe in what? It’s almost over,— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 19, 2020 Didier Drogba revealed that he pleaded with Juan Mata to help him win the Champions League with Chelsea — and the former Blues star delivered in the final. Chelsea experienced an up-and-down 2011-2012 season as Andre Villas-Boas was sacked and replaced with Roberto Di Matteo. Read Also: Ronaldo talks tough after returning to Juventus training Mata whipped in a corner only minutes after Muller’s opener and Drogba connected with a powerful header past Manuel Neuer. Only the Manchester United midfielder would miss his spot-kick effort for the Blues during the shootout as Chelsea sealed a 4-3 win on penalties. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “The hosts took the lead with 8 minutes to go and on my way to kick the ball for the last 8 minutes I was so discouraged, the young man said to me ‘believe Didi, you have to believe’, almost in tears I answered after looking at the time score ‘believe in what? It’s almost over.’ “I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the final with Cote d’Ivoire. Last minute, last corner, I mean first corner for us against eighteen for Bayern Munich. “Guess who took that corner kick… [Mata] and the rest is history. The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!!” “After that meeting I asked a young 23 years old [Juan Mata] ‘please Maestro, help me win the champions league’ he looked at me like ‘man you’re crazy, you’re Didier Drogba you are gonna help me win it,’ I then told him I’ve been here for 8 years and never won it. “[So] I believe you’re the one who’s gonna help us win. I’ll even give you a present if we win it, that was end of February.”last_img read more

Toure kept believing

first_img The club’s former captain has enjoyed a return to prominence and form in recent weeks with four successive starts in the injury-enforced absence of current skipper Vincent Kompany. The 31-year old told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “We have so many players here and it’s difficult to play every game, but you need to get ready and any time you have the chance to play give 100 per cent.” He added: “It’s very important to keep focused and to keep your concentration high and keep working hard in training. That’s the only thing you can do. “It’s always difficult when you don’t play and are not in the team, but the only thing that can keep you going is working hard and believing in yourself – and that is what I have been doing.” The Ivory Coast international is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation that his recent form could earn him a one-year extension. Yet while his future remains uncertain, Toure is just happy to have been able to contribute again. Toure, a £16million signing from Arsenal in 2009, said: “I feel very good at the moment. I’ve had the chance recently to play more and I’m really enjoying being able to give my best for my team. “Everyone around me and all my team- mates have helped me a lot, and that’s very important. Every time I have played for City, I just give 100 per cent – for me the main thing is just to work hard.” Kolo Toure never lost belief in his ability after slipping down the pecking order at Manchester City, the defender has said.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Walcott demands quick start

first_imgTheo Walcott has called for Arsenal to “step it up” and lay down a marker in the Barclays Premier League title race with a flying start to the new season. Press Association The Gunners are set to play the second match of their Asia tour against a Thailand XI at the My Dinh National Stadium on Wednesday as manager Arsene Wenger continues his squad’s preparations for the new campaign. There has been much talk of the need for Arsenal to bring in some marquee signings this summer – with one £30million bid for Liverpool’s Uruguay striker Luis Suarez rejected, while Real Madrid’s £25m-rated forward Gonzalo Higuain, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, and even Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney have been touted as potential new arrivals. center_img Walcott, who was top scorer with 21 goals last term, believes no matter what the team make up is, they must all build on a superb end to the previous campaign which saw the Gunners go on a 10-match unbeaten league run to snatch fourth place ahead of Tottenham and with it secure another shot at the Champions League, with a two-legged play-off ahead next month. “The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated – we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can,” Walcott said, quoted on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. “The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we have got a very good chance of challenging this season. Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games, so we need to believe in ourselves. “Time will tell if players come in or not, but we just work with the squad we’ve got at the moment. Come the start of the season, there could be changes. We know it is a very long campaign, but we are all very excited about our prospects.” England midfielder Jack Wilshere missed Sunday’s 7-0 win over an Indonesian side in Jakarta with illness, but is expected to feature on Wednesday. As well as being busy on a recruitment drive, Arsenal are also looking to offload several more fringe players this summer to help free-up the Emirates Stadium wage bill. However, Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner appears no closer to departing after talks with German club Eintracht Frankfurt broke down over personal terms and Hull manager Steve Bruce, who had the forward on loan when at Birmingham and Sunderland, admitted a deal to bring him to the newly-promoted Premier League club could prove too expensive. Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, who did not travel to Asia because of illness, has been linked with a £7m switch to Roma. Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Costa Rica international Joel Campbell, 21, has received a work permit to play in England, having spent time in both France and Spain following his initial signing in the summer of 2011. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a loan move to Crystal Palace. last_img read more

Deulofeu earns point for Toffees

first_img Finally, the home side managed to fashion an opening as Giroud was played through on goal in the 43rd minute, but Tim Howard was out quickly to block from the France forward. The American had to be alert again in first-half stoppage time when Aaron Ramsey broke through the middle of a crowded penalty area. There was at least more purpose to Arsenal at the start of the second half, as Gibbs crashed a 20-yard effort wide following a corner. Ozil’s ball in from the right was knocked back by Jack Wilshere, but Cazorla could not get any power on his header, which was straight at goalkeeper Howard. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert when Everton broke quickly in the 54th minute, with Barkley playing in Steven Pienaar, whose 20-yard drive was turned away. The Gunners were soon back on the offensive, with a cross from Gibbs met by Ramsey at the far post, and his angled half-volley was blocked by Howard. James McCarthy was shown a yellow card for leading with a high boot into a challenge with Ramsey, which saw the Everton midfielder collect a caution, his fifth of the season which will result in a suspension. Szczesny saved from Barkley’s 18-yard strike before Arsenal made a triple substitution with 23 minutes left as Cazorla, Wilshere and Ramsey were replaced by Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini. Flamini dragged his angled shot wide of the far post after Walcott’s determined run into the right side of the Everton penalty area. Howard was booked for time wasting with 13 minutes remaining and on the break a Mirallas shot was deflected behind with Sylvain Distin heading over from the resulting corner. Arsenal took the lead with 10 minutes left. Rosicky’s sweeping cross out to the right was met by Walcott, who headed it straight back through the Everton six-yard box. Giroud completely missed his kick, but Ozil was on hand to crash the ball into the roof of the net. The lead, though, lasted only four minutes as Deulofeu smashed in from the right side of the box less than five minutes after coming on as a substitute, after Arsenal had switched off at the back. Giroud, though, almost snatched victory in stoppage time when his stunning 25-yard drive struck the woodwork, but Everton deserved to share the points. Arsenal almost snatched a dramatic victory in stoppage-time when Olivier Giroud’s 25-yard effort struck the woodwork, but Everton deserved to take something back to Merseyside. Following other results on Saturday, which saw Chelsea lose and Manchester City draw, Arsenal were looking to put clear daylight between themselves and the chasing pack. France forward Giroud was back in the starting XI having been rested for the midweek win over Hull, but England forward Theo Walcott, however, was again a substitute in a fixture designated to the Arsenal Foundation Charity. Unchanged Everton made a positive start, with a counter-attack seeing Kevin Mirallas get away down the right and send a low ball straight through the Arsenal six-yard box. The Toffees – who were on a seven-match unbeaten Premier League run – continued to dominate possession, with Costa Rica full-back Bryan Oviedo, who scored the winner at Old Trafford, a constant danger on the overlap down the left. After such an uncharacteristic slow start, Arsenal began to find some possession in midfield. A sweeping counter by the hosts, started from Ozil deep on the left, saw Santi Cazorla freed on the overlap down the right – and his low centre flew across the face of goal, with only a touch needed from the onrushing Kieran Gibbs to put the ball into the net. It proved only a temporary rally as Everton were soon back on top, with England World Cup hopeful Ross Barkley most impressive as he drove at the Arsenal defence. Everton battled to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal as the Gunners moved five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The Toffees, who had won at Manchester United in midweek, dominated for large spells, but fell behind to a Mesut Ozil goal with 10 minutes remaining. However, Roberto Martinez’s well-drilled side produced an instant response as substitute Gerard Deulofeu equalised. last_img read more