Premier League

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
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"

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."

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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 1Robles
  • 9Koné
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Cleverley
  • 21Osman
  • 25Funes Mori
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 1.

  3. Dismissal

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

  6. Post update

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

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

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    Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Alexis Sánchez.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Seamus Coleman.

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

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

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    Hand ball by Gareth Barry (Everton).

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

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    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.