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Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny's first goal of the season proved to be the winner

Arsenal went top of the Premier League for the first time since February 2014 as headers from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny defeated Everton.

After a cagey opening, the Gunners went ahead as Giroud met Mesut Ozil's floated cross with a deft touch.

Koscielny doubled the lead two minutes later from Santi Cazorla's ball in.

Ross Barkley's deflected shot brought Everton back into it, but Romelu Lukaku wasted an excellent, if rare, chance to level as he headed against the bar.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech denied Gerard Deulofeu late on, but the hosts also had their chances to make the scoreline more comfortable.

Everton's miserable evening was compounded by Gareth Barry's injury-time dismissal as he picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Kieran Gibbs.

Reaction on Arsenal's win over Everton

Same old Arsenal

Ozil and Giroud were the scorers in Arsenal's Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday and the two combined brilliantly to break the deadlock after an even opening half hour.

But Arsenal's fourth successive win was secured in more conventional fashion than their third.

Average position map
Arsenal's dominance allowed Santi Cazorla (no. 19) to advance further forward (left) than he did against Bayern Munich (right)

While the Gunners were penned back and starved of the ball against the Bavarians in midweek, they enjoyed 57% possession and regularly carved through Everton in an ultimately fruitless search for a third.

Giroud and Ozil both hit the woodwork in the second half, with the latter sparkling with invention in a floating role behind the main striker.

Ozil was ably abetted by Santi Cazorla who roamed upfield from his deep-lying position to prompt and probe as Francis Coquelin tidied behind him in midfield.

Problems past, present and future for Everton

It is now 22 meetings and more than 19 years since Everton won away at Arsenal.

In more recent history, Roberto Martinez's side were fifth in the table after their win over West Brom at the end of September.

They have picked up one point from three matches since to slide back to 10th.

There are also problems for the future after captain Phil Jagielka limped off with an apparent knee injury after an innocuous challenge with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The travelling Toffees fans faced a race across London on the final whistle after the last train back to Liverpool - the 21:30 from Euston - was cancelled. The home fans greeted news of the altered timetable with loud cheers.

Man of the match - Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil
Ozil completed 88% of his 69 passes - setting up five clear chances - in another influential display

"Could have gone both ways"

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Arsenal 2-1 Everton: We showed outstanding spirit - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "At 2-1 we became a bit edgy. We gave a lot on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich and I thought it showed in the last 20 minutes.

"We couldn't score the third goal and Everton had chances - it could have gone both ways.

"When you win such a big game like on Tuesday it shows a lot about the mentality of your team.

"We have a lot of questions about our strikers but Theo Walcott is outstanding and Olivier Giroud is outstanding at the moment."

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Martinez frustrated by 'soft goals'

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I thought we shot ourselves in the foot in giving away such an easy two-goal lead.

"But I very much enjoyed the reaction - the personality and desire of wanting to get back.

"We're very concerned about Phil Jagielka. It's a knee injury - we don't the extent of it, but that's the biggest negative today."

What the pundits say:

Former Everton winger Ronnie Goodlass on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's important for Everton to get a win soon.

"They produced a good reaction to going behind, but you have do it for 90 minutes. It is the old what-might-have-been. Everton keep giving teams a one-goal start and then they are chasing the game."

The stats you need to know

  • Olivier Giroud has now scored in four of his last five appearances for Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League meetings with Everton, winning 10 and drawing six.
  • Mesut Ozil picked up his seventh Premier League assist of the 2015-16 campaign - more than any other player.

What's next?

Both sides are in League Cup action in midweek with Arsenal travelling to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and Everton hosting Premier League Norwich on the same evening.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 5Gabriel
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 25mins
  • 19Cazorla
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forFlaminiat 81'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forGibbsat 89'minutes
  • 12GiroudBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Gibbs
  • 14Walcott
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
  • 28Campbell
  • 49Macey

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forKonéat 89'minutes
  • 5Stones
  • 6JagielkaSubstituted forFunes Moriat 52'minutes
  • 32Galloway
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarryBooked at 90mins
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 20Barkley
  • 12LennonSubstituted forMirallasat 70'minutes
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 9Koné
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Cleverley
  • 21Osman
  • 25Funes Mori
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
59,985

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 1.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Gareth Barry (Everton) for a bad foul.

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

John Stones (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Seamus Coleman.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Hand ball by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Brendan Galloway (Everton) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McCarthy with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Offside, Everton. James McCarthy tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Aaron Lennon.

Booking

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

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