Arsenal Gunners go top with win over Everton

Arsenal held on to grab all the three points in the English Premier League clash against Everton

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  play Olivier Giroud, Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez celebrate Arsenal's opener (Kevin Quigley)
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Arsenal are now top of the English Premier League table after a hard fought 2-1 win at home against Everton.

The Gunners had a huge task in their hands after a 2-0 home win against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League just three days ago.

They didn’t show any sign of fatigue as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were in the center of things as Arsenal started the brighter side.

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  play Olivier Giroud heads in Arsenal's opener (BPI/Michael Zemanek)

 

Arsenal finally took the league in the 36th minute through Olivier Giroud who Arsene Wenger put in the starting 11 after his mid-week heroics against Bayern Munich.

Giroud rose high to meet a sumptuous ball from Mesut to put Arsenal in the lead.

Less than two minutes later, they doubled their lead with through Laurent Koscielny.

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The defender met a precise ball from a Santi Cazorla freekick.

With a two-goal lead, Arsenal were cruising but Everton had other plans.

  play Laurent Koscielny and Giroud celebrate Arsenal's win (Getty Images)

 

There was however a slice of luck as Ross Barkley's left-footed effort deflected off the boot of Gabriel Paulista on the stroke of half-time to reduce Arsenal’s lead.

Everton came out all in the second half to grab the equalizer but Arsenal held on.

Arsenal had their own chances as they caught Everton on the counter attack.

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Giroud’s effort hit the bar, Ozil saw his shot do the same, while Mathieu Flamini headed straight into Howard’s arms but he should have done better.

  play Ross Barkley scored for Everton in the second half (Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail)

 

Everton nearly had their equaliser through Romelu Lukaku whose header hit the bar before going off for a goal-kick.

Their biggest chance came through Gerard Deulofeu but Petr Cech dived well to deny the Spanish winger.

Arsenal can now enjoy the top of the league before the Manchester derby tomorrow, Sunday October 25.

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