Arsenal moved to the apex of the Premier League standings after registering a 2-1 win over visiting Everton on Saturday evening, and although we have since fallen back to second we are level on points with leaders Manchester City. Olivier Giroud – who came off the bench to score against Bayern Munich on Tuesday – justified his return to the starting XI by scoring the opener in the 36th minute after a sublime assist by Mesut Ozil. Laurent Koscielny doubled the advantage two minutes later, before a driven shot by Ross Barkley took a deflection to give the Toffees a lifeline at the interval.
With signs of monotony evident during the second half – the effects of an exhausting mid-week Champions League encounter against the Bavarians – the Gunners did just about enough to maintain the lead and reap maximum points from the match.
Speaking to the media after the win, keeper Petr Cech revealed his satisfaction at how the Gunners regained their focus from the victory over Bayern, as revealed on the Official Club website:
It’s a brilliant victory. When you have a week of important games, you come back after internationals and the away game is always tricky.
We managed to do really well and got a great result at Watford. Then you have a must-win game in midweek and you manage to do that in some style, and I think the hardest part is always to refocus and return to the Premier League.
Well done to the lads for maintaining the pressure at the top despite having a run of three games in the last seven days.