Following their defeat at the hands of French outfit AS Monaco, Arsene Wenger’s boys stole the show against Roberto Martinez’s Everton in their Premier League clash at Emirates stadium.
French forward Oliver Giroud and Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky’s goals in each half moves Arsenal to third spot in Premier League table.
Though Oliver Giroud’s recent bad performance was the talking point before the match as many pundits predicted to see Giroud on bench but Wenger’s confidence in him paved all the way and why not as the French forward volleyed home six minutes before the interval to give the home team a commanding lead.
Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Gabriel Paulista instead of Per Mertesacker also proved to be fatal for the Gunners as they are just four points behind Manchester City who lost at Anfield to fifth place Liverpool.
Paulista proved to be shaky at the start as his error made David Ospina to come off his line to clear the ball on 17th minute. But the ex Villarreal defender got applause from the Arsenal fans on 82nd minute after he perfectly tackled Belgian striker Lukaku who was looking for the crucial equalizer.
The Toffees were the better side in second half, they had plenty of possession but struggled to find any space except from Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku’s point blank range effort from Ross Barkley’s cross which was tipped over by goalkeeper David Ospina brilliantly.
The Gunners continued to press ahead of half-time, and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard touched over a dipping 20-yard effort from Cazorla.
Everton, who comfortably won against Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys in Europa League failed to emulate their performance at Emirates, which leaves Everton on 14th in the table with just six points separating them from relegation spot.
In second half, Everton kept pressurizing Arsenal players, a effort from substitute Aaron Lennon from Seamus Coleman went straight into Ospina’s hand.
Everton who are struggling to get into top half of the table made a good start after the interval as Gareth Barry sent a volley over.
Arsenal increased their tempo in last 15 minutes where they had numerous chance to double the lead, only Phil Jagielka’s fine tackle stopped Ozil scoring from Chamberlain’s through pass.
There was a brief break between the match as Giroud and Coquelin collided with each other, leaving the midfielder bleeding from his nose.
Phil Jagielka, Everton’s captain could only help a low strike from Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky fly past his own keeper, Tim Howard as the Gunner eventually sealed the match in the final minutes of the match.