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Arsenal 2-0 Everton

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
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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.

Arsene Wenger happy with Arsenal response

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.

Everton need momentum - Martinez

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.

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud was defended in the match programme by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Olivier Giroud
Giroud has scored nine Premier League goals for Arsenal this season
Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez's Everton side have won three of their last 17 league matches
Gabriel Paulista
Gabriel Paulista, signed from Villarreal in January, was making his first Premier League start

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Ospina
  • 39Bellerin
  • 5Gabriel
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 78mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 19Cazorla
  • 34CoquelinSubstituted forChambersat 89'minutes
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 82'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forWelbeckat 87'minutes
  • 12GiroudBooked at 46mins

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 7Rosicky
  • 14Walcott
  • 18Monreal
  • 21Chambers
  • 23Welbeck

Everton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 29Garbutt
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarrySubstituted forGibsonat 84'minutes
  • 17BesicSubstituted forNaismithat 77'minutes
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forLennonat 62'minutes
  • 10Lukaku
  • 20Barkley

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 9Koné
  • 14Naismith
  • 21Osman
  • 25Lennon
  • 30Alcaraz
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
59,925

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

  8. Post update

    Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Tomas Rosicky.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Darron Gibson.

  14. Goal!

    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.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Francis Coquelin because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Alexis Sánchez.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  20. Post update

    David Ospina (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26186256223460
2Man City27167457273055
3Arsenal27156651292251
4Man Utd27148546262050
5Liverpool27146740301048
6Southampton27144938201846
7Tottenham2613584136544
8Swansea2711793134-340
9West Ham2710983933639
10Stoke27116103134-339
11Newcastle2798103242-1035
12Crystal Palace2779113138-730
13West Brom2779112534-930
14Everton27610113339-628
15Hull2768132536-1126
16Sunderland27413102238-1625
17QPR2664162745-1822
18Burnley27410132545-2022
19Aston Villa2757151337-2422
20Leicester2646162442-1818
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