Match ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.
- Arsenal bounce back from Champions League defeat
- Giroud scores fourth goal in four matches
- Wenger's side record third straight league win
- Everton six points above the bottom three
Olivier Giroud rewarded manager Arsene Wenger's support with a goal as Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 to climb back to third place in the Premier League.
Wenger kept the striker in his starting line-up even though he missed several chances during Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League defeat by Monaco.
Giroud volleyed in Mesut Ozil's corner six minutes before half-time.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku was denied by keeper David Ospina before Tomas Rosicky's late goal sealed the win.
The visitors were the better side for most of the second half but struggled to create clear chances, aside from Lukaku's near-post shot from Ross Barkley's cross, which Ospina tipped over brilliantly.
Roberto Martinez's side once again failed to transfer impressive European results to the Premier League, in which they have taken 11 points from their last 15 matches and could yet be dragged into a relegation battle.
Yet they could justifiably claim to have deserved something from the match against an Arsenal side who wobbled to victory.
Giroud's selection proved pivotal to that win, as did Wenger's decision to give centre-back Gabriel Paulista a first Premier League start in place of the out-of-form Per Mertesacker.
|Giroud's hits and misses|
|Olivier Giroud has had 12 efforts at goal in Arsenal's last two matches - six against Monaco and six against Everton. The goal that he scored against Everton was his only effort on target.|
Gabriel was shaky at first, misjudging a long clearance and allowing Lukaku to get in behind him, with Ospina racing from his line to pat the ball clear.
But the Brazilian defender won applause from the home fans for a perfectly timed challenge as Everton's Belgium striker threatened to tear through and score eight minutes before half-time.
That lifted an Arsenal side who had been ponderous for the opening 35 minutes, and they were soon ahead.
Giroud, who had earlier planted a header wide from eight yards out, found a few inches of space inside a crowded penalty area to turn a lovely low volley into the corner of the net from Ozil's corner.
Arsenal had to survive a significant spell of Everton pressure after half-time, but aside from Lukaku's effort, the only chance came when substitute Aaron Lennon steered Seamus Coleman's low cross straight at Ospina.
Wenger's side did finish strongly, and only a magnificent saving tackle by Phil Jagielka stopped Ozil scoring from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's through-pass.
Rosicky eased the jitters of the home fans with a shot that was deflected past keeper Tim Howard by the unlucky Jagielka.
- 6KoscielnyBooked at 78mins
- 34CoquelinSubstituted forChambersat 89'minutes
- 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 82'minutes
- 17SánchezSubstituted forWelbeckat 87'minutes
- 12GiroudBooked at 46mins
- 18BarrySubstituted forGibsonat 84'minutes
- 17BesicSubstituted forNaismithat 77'minutes
- 11MirallasSubstituted forLennonat 62'minutes
- Andre Marriner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.
Offside, Everton. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.
Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).
Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.
Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Tomas Rosicky.
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín with a cross.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Darron Gibson.
Goal! Arsenal 2, Everton 0. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.
Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Francis Coquelin because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) because of an injury.
Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Alexis Sánchez.
Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).
David Ospina (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.