Alexandre Lacazette fired Arsenal to a fourth successive Premier League win as the French forward’s superb strike inspired a hard-fought 2-0 success against Everton on Sunday.
Unai Emery’s side rode their luck in the first half at the Emirates Stadium as Everton wasted a host of chances to punish a sloppy opening from the Gunners.
“We won, but we didn’t control the first half like we wanted. They’re a good team with good players, and they had more chances, but in the second half we stopped them attacking and we were effective in our attacks”, said Coach Unai Emery.
Lacazette inspired an Arsenal revival as he smashed a sublime opener in the second half.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead moments later when the Gabon forward was allowed to slot home despite being clearly offside.
That controversial effort shattered Everton’s resolve as Arsenal celebrated a flattering victory that lifted them to sixth place in the Premier League.
“The result doesn’t reflect how the teams played. We deserved more; we can here to play, to challenge. In the first half we created clear chances, two or three of them. Petr Cech was the best player on the pitch”, Everton manager, Marco Silva said.
The north Londoners have now won their last five games in all competitions, yet, not for the first time, this was a far from convincing display.
A first clean sheet of the Emery era was a welcome sight for the Arsenal manager, but he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement in all areas.
Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.
Marco Silva’s team have lost their last two matches and have won only one of their six league games this season.