Mikel Arteta’s encouraging reconstruction job at Arsenal continued with an exciting triumph over a stubborn Everton, a result that would have a big say within the race for European football next season.
The Spaniard had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the most part to give thanks for the result once the striker scored double, together with the winner – taking his personal goals tally to nineteen for the season and a formidable sixty in ninety five games for the Gunners.
The see-saw game couldn’t have gotten off to a worse begin for Arteta’s side, though, as their disorderliness defensive allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to overhead kick Everton into the lead following a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick once just forty nine seconds.
But the Gunners slowly wrestled management of the game away from the guests, with Eddie Nketiah side-footing a volley home to draw them level from early substitute Bukayo Saka’s very good left-wing cross, before Aubameyang slotted them into the lead.
Their progress was again checked when Richarlison capitalised on nevertheless more defensive frailty to poke Everton level simply before half-time, however Aubameyang headed the home side back ahead twenty six seconds once the break.
Everton had possibilities to get a minimum of a point, however Calvert-Lewin saw a cross agonisingly elude his slide before firing straight at Leno from shut range.
The win means that Arsenal stay undefeated in 2020 and provides them consecutive league victories for the primary time since the opening 2 matches of the campaign.
Should Manchester City’s Champions League ban be upheld, eighth place within the Premier League may well be enough to qualify for the Europa League, and also the top 5 may well be ok for Europe’s premier club competition.
The Gunners are currently simply 2 points off Burnley in eighth and 4 points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.
Everton, who have European aspirations of their own following a run of 5 games undefeated before this, are eleventh however still within the mix, a point worse off than the Gunners.
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