Full-time Arsenal 2-1 Everton

  • First-half headers from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny secure a fourth consecutive Premier League victory for Arsenal
  • Ross Barkley's deflected effort gave Everton hope, with Giroud, Romelu Lukaku and Mesut Ozil all striking the woodwork after the break
  • Gareth Barry dismissed late on for two bookable offences
  • Arsenal go top of the Premier League before tomorrow's Manchester derby as Everton remain 10th
Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny\'s first-half header proved to be the winner against Everton at the Emirates Stadium Getty

That is all we have time for tonight, but check back in with IBTimes UK for all the post-match reaction.

Tomorrow, I will be back to bring you live coverage of the Tyne-Wear derby as well as the small matter of Manchester United v Manchester City, Tottenham's trip to Bournemouth and Liverpool against Southampton at Anfield. Until then, goodnight.


It was certainly nervy and hard-fought, but Arsenal survive to record a fourth straight Premier League victory that sees them elevated to the top of the table prior to tomorrow's Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Everton battled admirably to keep things interesting, but they remain 10th ahead of their Capital One Cup last 16 meeting with Norwich in midweek.



Arsenal 2-1 Everton


Everton are reduced to 10 men at the death as Barry mistimes a 50-50 challenge with Gibbs and Mason produces a second yellow card. He can have no complaints.


Red card: Gareth Barry (Everton)


Everton are at sixes and sevens at the back and a combination of Gibbs and Giroud fail to scramble the ball over the line. A huge sliding challenge from Gabriel then thwarts Lukaku at the other end.


Four minutes of added time signalled after Ozil gets the ball back from Giroud and McCarthy's hesitant defending allows him to bend a shot that hits the base of the post and drifts wide.


Late changes for both teams as Arouna Kone replaces Coleman and Kieran Gibbs comes on for Alexis.


Cech to the rescue for Arsenal as Lukaku's deflected cross finds its way to Deulofeu but the former Chelsea stalwart gets down to make a strong, left-handed save.

He then holds a weaker effort from Mirallas.


Another uncertain moment for Howard as the ball is sent high into the air by the head of Giroud and he struggles to get anywhere near it.

Rather than simply sit deep to protect Arsenal's lead, substitute Flamini is doing his very best to find a third goal as he rifles a shot just wide before heading straight at the goalkeeper from Alexis' great cross.


Half-hearted appeals for an Arsenal penalty as the lightning quick Bellerin cuts inside from the right and falls under persistent pressure from Mirallas. Nothing doing for Mason or his assistant on that far side.


Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to be in a little bit of discomfort as he trudged off there. Wenger will be hoping that it is nothing serious with Ramsey sidelined for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.


Wenger finally makes his first change of the evening as combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini is introduced in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain in order to tidy things up in the middle of the park.


Mirallas' shot is blocked before Everton take their turn at hitting the woodwork. Good perseverance from Barkley leads to a deep, left-footed cross from Barry and Lukaku rises highest to beat Koscielny but his header clips the crossbar and goes over.

That should serve as a real warning to Arsenal, who are still yet to make a substitution with just over 10 minutes left to play.


Cazorla is incensed as he is penalised for an awkward foul on Barkley. Deulofeu is then sent sprawling by a trip from Monreal and proceeds to berate the assistant referee despite being awarded a free-kick.


15 minutes remaining and this match is still nicely poised. Can Arsenal find the one goal needed to kill it off, or do Everton have another surprise in store?


Deulofeu occupies the attentions of Monreal and Alexis on the right-hand flank before knocking the ball back to McCarthy, who quickly sends a deep delivery towards the back post.

Arriving late behind Bellerin, Galloway tries to connect with a diving header but the ball flies wide.


Giroud has his name taken for a not-so-subtle trip on Barkley. Lukaku, who has been a passenger for most of this match, appears to be limping.


Super build-up play from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil sees the ball find Giroud. The striker then takes a quick touch before curling a left-footed effort that cannons back off the crossbar with Howard beaten.

Everton survive and respond by replacing Lennon with Kevin Mirallas.


Monreal gives the ball away cheaply deep into his own half and Deulofeu cuts inside with searing pace before allowing the ball to run across to Barkley, whose first-time shot is saved.


A 107th career booking for repeat offender Barry as he gets in a tangle with Alexis and is cautioned for a shirt pull. He was slightly fortunate to get away with a similar foul a few moments ago, as referee Mason is pointing out now.


Arsenal are back in the ascendancy as Ozil volleys at goal following Giroud's knockdown but Howard is equal to it.


Good play from Deulofeu down the right to launch a rare Everton attack. He finds Barkley in the middle, but the 21-year-old is instantly set upon by a swarm of red and white shirts and cannot get the ball out of his feet quickly enough. Arsenal clear following a well-timed tackle from Gabriel.

Deulofeu then goes down rather theatrically after a fair challenge from Monreal, although he does not appeal for a penalty.


Arsenal are beginning to ask serious questions of this Everton defence once again. Bellerin releases Oxlade-Chamberlain with a pass down the right and he whips in a dangerous low cross that Giroud just misses on the slide. Very close.