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Donovan is impressive, helping Everton draw with Arsenal in his debut.

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Landon Donovan (right) chases Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin and the ball in Everton's 2-2 English Premier League draw.
-- Everton FC web site photo --
By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, January 14, 2010) -- United States striker Landon Donovan made his debut in the English Premier League for Everton Saturday and played a strong hour-plus, assisting the Toffees' first goal in a hard-fought 2-2 draw with host Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

In the last 14 years, Everton now has two draws and no victories at Arsenal.

Although Donovan arrived only this week on his 10-week loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, he was pressed into service, starting the match at right wing because of Everton's injury situation and the suspension of Brazilian Jo for going home during the holidays without permission.

"We're only finding out about him," Everton manager David Moyes said of Donovan. "We played him on the right today, I thought he did a great job there. I was really impressed by him. We may play him up front or off the front man as well so we just want to see if we can get the best out of him in the couple of months we've got him for."

In abysmal conditions -- cold, wind and heavy snow -- Donovan was impressive, given he has barely had time to be introduced to his teammates. He played a strong two-way game, holding the ball and picking out teammates for passes, attacking down the flank and twice weaving into the Arsenal penalty area, eluding defenders, to trigger dangerous shots. One was blocked and the second sailed just wide.

The weather was such that only two of nine scheduled Premier League matches were played.

In the 12th minute, Everton went ahead 1-0 when Donovan picked out unmarked midfielder Leon Osman with a perfectly placed corner kick and Osmal headed it home.

Obviously tiring in the conditions, Donovan came out with the score tied at 1-1 in the 69th minute to cheers from Everton supporters who made the trip to North London.

"I thought (Donovan) played very well," Moyes said. "I was disappointed I had to take him off. He cramped up. I don't know if the cold had a bit to do with that as well, I'm sure more to do with it was having four weeks holiday and then only having five or six days training with us. So I've got to say he's done really well today and I thought he was a threat to them all day and he contributed to a good Everton performance."

Everton's American goalkeeper Tim Howard was quite unlucky as he tried to help his club to one of its most impressive victories in many years. Both Arsenal goals came on deflections off Everton players.

Arsenal pulled even at 1-1 in the 28th minute when Osmal stepped in front of a hard shot from Brazilian striker Denilson and the ball changed direction, rocketing past Howard.

After Everton regained a 2-1 lead on a tally by midfielder Steven Pienaar in the 80th minute in the deteriorating conditions, the advantage was dissipated by more bad luck in the second of five minutes of stoppage time.

With Arsenal throwing everything forward, midfielder Tomas Rosicky took a hard shot that Howard appeared to have covered before his defender Lucas Neill came sliding across in front of him. The ball hit Neill's leg and deflected up and over Howard to even matters at 2-2.

Everton is tied for 11th place at 5-7-8 with 23 points.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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