Everton 1 v Arsenal 2

Make no mistake about it, this was a big big win. Going to Everton and getting and getting a win is never an easy task, just ask Sir Alex Ferguson, but the manner in which Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas strikes put the Gunners in the ascendancy will have given Arsene Wenger much heart. They were helped in no small measure from some excellent saves from Lukasz Fabianski as Everton threatened a very late revival. The Toffees never say die attitude was admirable and when Tim Cahill latched onto the ball to score with one minute of regulation time remaining, things got nervously interesting.

Intent

This Arsenal, with the best away record in the Premiership of late however hung on for a second consecutive away win, and one that takes the Gunners to second place in the Premiership. Enjoying the majority of the opening exchanges with Andrey Arhsavin twice going close Arsenal signalled their intent, but it was Cahill who almost scored, heading over with the goal at his mercy.

Slick

The Arsenal opener came after another slick move on 36 minutes. Samir Nasri let fly from 20 yards out, a shot that Tim Howard did well to keep out. Andrey Arshavin however was on hand to retrieve the rebound, with a pass back for the adcanced Sagna on the right. The France defender fired into the roof of the net for only his second ever Arsenal goal,but his team mates and manager celebrated in recognition of its’ not only priceless nature but also its’ rarity.

Trademark move

Arsenal doubeld their advantage, three minutes after the re-start, and it was the result of another trademark Gunners’ move. Denilson had been introduced in place of Jack Wilshere at the beginning of the second half, and his surge forward had the Everton defence back tracking. Denislon slipped the ball to Fabregas who returned it to his captain to let fly with a low shot beyond the outstretched dive of Howard.

Glorious

Nasri then had an excellent opportunity to add an Arsenal third when he raced out of defence, skipped past Phil Jagielka and with only Howard to beat, found the US ‘keeper well placed to save. Chamakh then missed a glorious opportunity to score his 9th goal of the season when from only six yards out and in front of an open goal, could only sky his shot from Fabregas’s cross.

Inspired Fabianski

Everton however still felt that they could get something from the game, but they didn’t reckon on Fabianski being in brilliant form. He saved from substitute Jermaine Beckford, then Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha, but Everton halved the deficit when Cahill stabbed home. But it was a determined Arsenal that held on for all three points.