Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud of his team's "mentally united response" after their Champions League defeat to Monaco, with his team beating Everton 2-0 on 1 March. Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky got the goals to get the Gunners back on track.

"What was very important today was that we had a mentally united response and we showed that," he told the news conference after the Everton match. "We are proud of the response that we showed today. Our defensive concentration was at a much higher level than on Wednesday night.

"We know that we can do better with the ball but overall what was important for us was to respond with a win. We got it and not everybody can produce that after such a disappointment. It was vital for us, for the rest of the season, to win the game today."

Wenger was also full of praise for Giroud, who netted the opening goal against Everton after missing a number of chances midweek.

"He responded very well and I'm not happy only because he scored a goal but also because of the work rate he put in today from the first to the last minute," he said. "When a guy misses [chances in] one game, straight away to take him out [would be harsh] and I thought his presence would be important against Everton.

"Olivier's great quality is when his back's to the wall - he has the personality and the character to respond. Because I know him better now, that's one of the reasons why I kept him in the team. He acknowledged that he missed his game and he will respond because he has the strength to do it."

The win over Everton is Arsenal's sixth in their last seven Premier League matches and sees them move to third in the table, above Manchester United.