Last Updated: 23/08/14 7:23pm
The full-time whistle goes and there is to be no winner, but the two teams will have very different emotions after a dramatic encounter. Everton looked in control at 2-0 but two late goals from Arsenal have rescued a 2-2 draw and left Goodison Park stunned.
Is there time for Arsenal to snatch an unlikely win? Wenger certainly seems to think so on the touchline as Cazorla stings the palms of Howard from 20 yards.
GOAL! Giroud levels it for Arsenal. Ramsey's cross from the right is too deep but Monreal keeps it in and whips in a much better delivery, which Giroud buries with an excellent header.
Naismith does well to hold the ball up for Everton and induce a foul from Cazorla in the Arsenal half, relieving the pressure for the hosts.
Everton have looked comfortable for most of the evening but suddenly there is a spring in Arsenal's step as they search for an equaliser.
GOAL! Ramsey gives Arsenal a lifeline. Cazorla is the provider with a good low cross from the left and the Welsh midfielder shows great determination to get to the ball before a couple of defenders and turn it in from close range.
Ozil has not had a particularly good day and his latest cross from the left is neatly cleared by Barry.
Campbell looks very eager to impress he runs into traffic as he tries to dribble into the Everton area.
Ramsey slices an ambitious shot well wide from 20 yards but that is a rare effort on goal from Arsenal, with Everton good value for their lead and in truth looking the most likely to score next.
Mertesacker may not be the quickest but he is able to stretch out a long leg to knock the ball out of play before Coleman can cut inside from the right.
McGeady is in business straight away as he links up with Naismith, who ends up hitting a rasping shot high into the stands.
Lukaku, who had reportedly been a fitness doubt before kick-off, receives a tremendous ovation as he makes way for McGeady.
Arsenal make a double change as Cazorla and Campbell are sent on to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere.
Coleman jinks his way past Monreal before delivering a decent cross from the right, but Debuchy heads it away.
Barry bursts forward on an excellent run before cutting back a very menacing cross, but Ramsey shows good strength to get the ball before Mirallas can pull the trigger.
Lukaku is running riot down Everton's right but Mertesacker manages to get back and block his shot from a tight angle.
Howard is forced into his first save of the match as he comes out to smother a Giroud shot. The game is really becoming stretched now.
Lukaku shows his strength to break free down the Arsenal right in a manner reminiscent of Everton's second goal, but on this occasion he dwells on the ball too long and eventually tries a needless back-heel which is blocked.
Giroud drives a powerful low shot narrowly wide of Howard's left-hand post from 20 yards after being played in by a neat pass from Wilshere. Arsenal are enjoying a good spell here so we could be set for an exciting finish.
Everton are beginning to sit perhaps a bit too deep, but there is still no end product from Arsenal as Ozil's cross from the left flies beyond his team-mates in the centre.
The corner comes to nothing and Arsenal just seem unable to find a killer pass, as Monreal turns away in disgust a moment later after playing an attempted pass to Wilshere straight out of play.
Arsenal work the ball out wide to the overlapping Debuchy, whose cross is blocked to give the visitors a corner.
Everton are looking comfortable at the moment and that is in no small part down to Barry and McCarthy in central midfield, who have been disciplined defensively and intelligent on the ball.
Arsenal appear to be growing increasingly frustrated as a free-kick is given against Ramsey in midfield.
Distin slides in with a challenge on Wilshere and times it well enough to dispossess him on the edge of the Everton area.
Everton look calm in possession as they patiently pass it around in midfield and try to pull Arsenal out of position.
Wilshere thunders into Barry with a bad challenge and the Everton crowd bays for blood, so there is disappointment when the referee only decided to issue a yellow card.
Barry has shown a great range of passing today and he almost picks out Mirallas with a sumptuous through-ball, but the flag is raised for offside.
Giroud catches Baines with a lunging tackle to give Everton a free-kick out wide. They go on to win a corner and there is an appeal for handball in a crowded area, but the referee waves play on.
Jagielka does well to cut out a pass from Wilshere before it can reach Giroud. Arsenal already look more dangerous.
Giroud quickly has a chance to reduce Arsenal's arrears as he peels off to the back post and is picked out by an Oxlade-Chamberlain pass. He connects forcefully with a volley but smashes it over the top. It was a narrow angle but he should have done better.
Sanchez did not look comfortable up front on his own but it is slightly surprising that he is the one who has been sacrificed, rather than being switched to a wide role.
Arsenal get the second half started and they have a huge task ahead of them to get back into this game. There has been a change at the interval, with Giroud coming on in place of Sanchez.
The half-time whistle goes and Everton are in complete control at 2-0. It has not been one-way traffic by any means but Arsenal have not done enough with their possession and Everton have been far more clinical.
GOAL! Naismith makes it 2-0 to Everton. It is a cool finish by Naismith but he owes a huge amount to Lukaku, who shrugged off Mertesacker deep inside his own half before poking the ball past the next defender and charging towards goal. Lukaku then kept his composure to play in Naismith, although replays show it should have been chalked off for offside.
Mertesacker is yellow carded following a foul on Naismith. The German looks baffled by the referee's decision but replays show that he took the man rather than the ball with his tackle.
Mirallas' low cross from the left goes just behind Lukaku in the centre and Arsenal manage to get it clear, although not entirely convincingly.
Sanchez tries to release Ramsey with a pass down the Arsenal right and the Welsh midfielder beats the offside trap, but Howard rushes off his line to get there first.
Oxlade-Chamberain charges down a Coleman clearance but cannot latch on to the ball before it trickles over the byline for a goal-kick.
Szczesny was nearly caught out by a shot from the halfway line against Besiktas in midweek and Mirallas feels inspired to have a go from similar range, but his effort drifts well wide.
Mirallas steps up take the free-kick and there is a terrific shape on his shot as it dips over the wall and curls just wide of Szczesny's right-hand post, but it was close enough to have the keeper scrambling somewhat nervously.
Chambers escapes a booking, much to the annoyance of the Everton fans, following a clumsy challenge on Mirallas just outside the Arsenal box.
Everton are doing well to take the sting out of the game by just passing it around nicely at the back and inviting Arsenal to come at them to try and win it back.
Oxlade-Chamberlain works his way into a good area just outside the area but drills his low shot well wide of Howard's right-hand post.
Arsenal are lacking an aerial threat up front without Giroud and have little choice but to be intricate with their passing. Some of it is very pleasing on the eye but Everton look organised at the back.
Baines catches Debuchy with a late tackle and apologises straight away, but that is not enough to save him from becoming the first player to be shown a yellow card.
Everton threaten down the left but Osman is unable to quite turn the final pass into Mirallas' path and Debuchy gets it clear.
Arsenal work their way into another decent position but Oxlade-Chamberlain fails to connect powerfully with a shot from 20 yards and his effort is blocked.
Naismith flicks a long ball on and Mirallas darts in front of Chambers, who recovers well enough to put the winger under some pressure and force him to scuff a shot narrowly wide.
The goal came slightly against the run of play but Everton will not worry about that and the Everton fans are in great voice now.
GOAL! Coleman heads Everton 1-0 in front. Sanchez fouls McCarthy to give away a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half and the ball is played out wide to Baines on the left. He plays it back in to Barry just outside the area and it is an excellent pass clipped to the back post, where Coleman just gets away from Ozil to nod firmly past Szczesny.
Arsenal are starting to click into gear with some delightful passing exchanges. They have not carved out any great chances yet, though, as Oxlade-Chamberlain drags an effort wide from the edge of the area.
The ball breaks into space down the Everton left and it is a race between Mirallas and Chambers. The Arsenal youngster just gets there first to get the crucial touch, because if the Belgian had nicked it past him he would have had a clear run on goal.
A slick passing move from Arsenal ends with Ramsey attempting an extravagant volleyed chip in towards Sanchez, but Howard is out quickly to gather the ball.
Lukaku drops deep to pick up possession in a pocket of space and tries to thread a ball through to Naismith, but Chambers intercepts.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made a bright start and he tries his luck here with a shot from range, but the radar is just off as he blazes it over the bar.
Baines earns a round of applause from the Goodison Park faithful as he puts in a good tackle on Debuchy and the ball ricochets off the Frenchman to give Everton a goal-kick.
Pienaar is still struggling with a knock and, despite receiving some further treatment from the physio, is having to admit defeat. He goes off to be replaced by Osman.
Debuchy picks out Sanchez with an excellent long pass straight up the right wing and it is controlled beautifully by the Chilean, but Ramsey's ball moments later is poor as he had the chance to feed Monreal but gave it away.
Ozil sets Arsenal on a swift counter-attack and Barry has to be alert to scramble the ball clear in the area.
Some good pressing from Everton forces Debuchy into a defensive error and he gives away a soft throw-in. Everton are making a very positive start here.
Pienaar is clattered into again, this time by Chambers in a much more advanced position, and he holds his back in obvious discomfort. The South African will be fine to continue, as an Everton corner sails harmlessly over the heads of everyone in the centre.
Pienaar is brought down by Debuchy near the touchline to give Everton an early free-kick, but they take it short and enjoy a spell of possession in midfield to feel their way into the game.
Everton get the game started on a sunny evening at Goodison Park. Let us hope for an entertaining encounter between two fine sides.
Pete Shields from Mansfield writes: 'I can see a tentative start from both teams - I hope i am wrong. If Arsenal decide to attack from the first whistle, I could see them winning the game comfortably. They are great when they are in a positive mode.1-3 to Arsenal.'
Chris Green from Huddersfield says: 'I see Everton springing a surprise this evening. Prediction: Everton 2-1 Arsenal.'
Just a few minutes away from kick-off now and it will be interesting to see how both teams set up. World Cup winners Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil make their first starts of the season for Arsenal, with Mathieu Flamini replacing the injured Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming into the side. Olivier Giroud has to be content with a place on the bench, so Alexis Sanchez is set to lead the attack. Hosts Everton make two changes, with Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas coming in for John Stones and Aiden McGeady respectively.
Arsenal fan Jamie Salt writes: 'Reckon we will see Arsenal come off with a 2-1 victory against Everton, but it won't be easy, Sanchez and Ramsey to get the goals!'
Dele Ojomo says: 'I have a funny feeling about this match. Arsenal aren't ready for such a challenge, so early in the season. I see a 1-1 draw.'
Wenger has insisted that his team cannot be bullied by anyone this season and a good result this evening would be the perfect way to banish the memories of some of their miserable away games last term. Arsenal lost on all four of their trips to the other members of the top five in 2013/14, conceding 20 goals in the process.
Why not check out the betting odds with Sky Bet ahead of the game? Everton are at 7/4 to win, with Arsenal at 13/8 and a draw 12/5. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is at 5/1 to open the scoring for Everton.
'This is Stewart MacLaren from a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park this evening with good goals from Seamus Coleman & Romelu Lukaku.'
Everton failed to make a winning start to their Premier League campaign last weekend after twice being pegged back by newly-promoted Leicester City in a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium. They have also lost midfielder Ross Barkley to injury for the next few weeks and face a tough clash with Chelsea at the same time next Saturday, so Roberto Martinez will be determined to pick up three points this evening.
People from around the world are following this one. Iakovos from Thessaloniki in Greece says: 'Come on Everton! 2-0 this one. Hope for a few more signings though...our attack is thin.'
Arsenal started the new season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace last weekend as Aaron Ramsey scored a stoppage-time winner. The Gunners were then held to a goalless draw by Besiktas in Turkey in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off, with the return leg to follow on Wednesday.
Arieh from Launceston writes: 'Arsenal not fielding a proper striker will come back to haunt them in this game, Everton will claim a 2-1 win.'
Julie from Perth in Western Australia is the first to get in touch, saying: 'Hoping for another Arsenal win. Would have preferred some height up front to start the game. Will be interesting to see how Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey play together. Arsenal win 2 nil.'
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, McGeady, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Stones, Alcaraz.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Rosicky, Bellerin, Giroud, Cazorla, Campbell.
These two teams were embroiled in a battle for fourth place last season which was ultimately won by Arsenal, but they were convincingly beaten 3-0 at Goodison Park in April. That result piled the pressure on Arsene Wenger before the Gunners bounced back impressively to clinch UEFA Champions League qualification and lift the FA Cup, giving them some momentum coming into the new campaign. Everton earned rave reviews for their performances and results in their first year under Roberto Martinez and, after some decent business in the transfer market, they too will be confident of making further progress this season.
Let us know your views and predictions ahead of the match by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com. Will Everton come out on top on home soil or will Arsenal prove too strong? What kind of match are you expecting? The full team news will be in shortly but which players are you particularly looking forward to following?