Arsenal 2 Everton 0
Lacazette 56, Aubameyang 59

Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates stadium on Sunday to record their fourth consecutive Premier League win. After a largely forgetful first half, goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang settled the result, however the Gunners were made to suffer a few Everton scares as Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and former Arsenal favourite Theo Walcott all tested Petr Cech. The Gunners’ keeper produced save after save in a man of the match performance. Time and time again, Arsenal’s defence looked distinctly wobbly and with Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin more wingers than defenders, the Toffees sensed rich pickings. But for Cech, they would have profited. Unai Emery however was left to savour a fourth Premier League on the bounce, and this one will have tasted all the sweeter for the Spaniard given that it was Arsenal’s first clean sheet since his summer arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.

Emery gave Lucas Torrira his first Premier League start, and his tenacity and quick distribution was key to this win. While Cech admits the team is still adapting to Emery’s play out from the back philosophy, the Arsenal keeper was pleased to have won and kept a clean sheet.

“It is a great win because it is the fourth win in a row and having lost the first two games obviously we needed to bounce back and get as many points as possible and ideally with wins. Now we have four wins in a row, two away, two at home and we are in a much better place. The three points were not easy because in the first half they were the better side. They had opportunities to be in front and we had to make sure we went in at half time without a goal conceded and without giving them the advantage.

“We fought hard to do that and managed to do so. In the second half we improved, scored two great goals and then we had more control in the game. We could have scored more goals and although they threw everything at us in the last 15-20 minutes we managed to see the game through with a good defensive display. In the end, it is a very valuable three points,” said Cech.

Everton’s Jordan Pickford hardly had much to do in the opening 45 minutes, ┬ábut when Nacho Monreal’s shot looked destined to be the game’s opener following a swift move from the left, the England ‘keeper was in the right place to make the save. Apart from that, Everton seems to have the measure of Aubameyang, Lacazette and especially Ozil, the latter seemed as if he were out on a Sunday afternoon stroll.

The space of three second half minutes however would change the complexion of the game. On 56 minutes, Torrira moved the ball deep in the Everton half. There from the left, Aaron Ramsey picked out Lacazette. The France striker moved sideways from just inside the 18 yard line to unleash a powerful curling effort which flew past Pickford.

No time to take breath as the Gunners sensed more goals. Ozil broke deep on the right. He saw Ramsey and Aubameyang well played in the Everton box with just the solitary Toffees defender Jonjoe Kenny. Ozil fed Ramsey who slipped and the wrong time, but the ball still fell to Aumabeyang to score from close in. Replays showed he was marginally offside, but perhaps that goal was just reward for a nailed on hand ball and what should have been penalty from Kenny’s raised arm which wasn’t spotted by referee Jon Moss and wasn’t given.

Everton rallied late with substitute Cenk Tosun forcing another Cech save and Michael Keane also being denied by Cech.

Following their opening day loss to Manchester City and then at Chelsea, Arsenal are showing that they may be adapting to Emery’s methods, the players certainly seem relaxed and the last four Premier League games suggest progress is being made. Cech is showing the form that we all know he can produce consistently, and had a message for those who wrote Arsenal off after the two early losses

“We concentrate on ourselves. People can have their opinions. The season is very long. We have four wins in a row and are in a much better place but there are so many games to be played still. You go through periods in the season where you are getting through difficult moments, better moments, great moments so we keep our feet on the ground. We keep working and we try to do our best to get as many points as possible and improve in every game. We are happy with the points.”

Next up, Arsenal host Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before a return to Premier League action on Saturday with the hosting of Watford.