Arsenal 2-0 Everton: Alexandre Lacazette & Aubameyang give Gunners win

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Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both scored in three of the past five matches they have played togetherArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says the Gunners are building momentum after his man-of-the-match performance helped Unai Emery's side see off Everton for a fourth successive Premier League win.Two goals in three second-half minutes gave the hosts victory and took them up to sixth in the Premier League table.Following a tight first half, in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin squandered a fine second-minute opening for Everton, the Gunners asserted control after the break.
Alexandre Lacazette swept a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the area after Aaron Ramsey's pass.Shortly after, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from close range after Mesut Ozil broke down the right, cut the ball back and Ramsey nudged it into the path of the Gabon international.Replays suggested that Aubameyang was offside from Ramsey's touch, though Everton could have few complaints from that point with Marco Silva's side looking vulnerable on the break as they attempted to find a response. Arsenal had opened the season with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea and Cech told BBC Sport: "We had two difficult games to start with, and having lost both you need to find a way to pick yourself up, but now we have four wins in a row which is creating a momentum, and I think it helped us to get through the game.""Everton created a lot of chances in the first half and we had to stick together and wait for our opportunity to score, which made the difference."
Ruthless Arsenal punish Toffees
Everton had looked the more likely to score for 56 minutes at the Emirates, until Lacazette rifled in a superb opener.Two minutes and 57 seconds later, the visitors were two goals down.The Gunners had managed just one shot on target in the first half, with Jordan Pickford making a smart save from Nacho Monreal, but their superior quality in attack showed after the break as the club's two most expensive signings quickly put the game beyond the Toffees.Aubameyang appeared to be offside for the second, but Ozil was given time and space to pick out Ramsey in the build-up as a shell-shocked Everton left young full-back Jonjoe Kenny to deal with a three-on-one situation in their own area.Aubameyang and Lacazette are forming a potent partnership for Unai Emery's side, both scoring in three of the past five Premier League games they have started together, while only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, with 16, has scored more than the Gabon striker's 12 league goals since his Gunners debut in February.Emery may have been more satisfied with proceedings at the other end as Arsenal kept their first clean sheet of his tenure, although goalkeeper Cech was largely to thank for that.
Richarlison impresses, but Cech comes out on top

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech made six saves, including this one from RicharlisonEverton had their own record signing back in the side with Richarlison returning from a three-game ban for a red card in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last month.The Brazilian scored three times in his first two appearances for the Toffees before that misdemeanour, and Silva's side have missed the former Watford man's direct attacking approach.The 21-year-old made his international debut and scored twice for his country during his absence from club football, and looked sharp as he forced Cech into a number of saves, as well as curling narrowly wide in the first half.But it was the veteran stopper who came out on top, tipping a left-footed Richarlison effort over the bar, thwarting former team-mate Theo Walcott and also parrying a Michael Keane header wide, as the Toffees' woeful run at Arsenal continued."I had a lot to do today and I had to help the team stay in the game, and as an experienced player, you have to do your part," Cech told BBC Sport afterwards.Everton have not won away against the Gunners since 1996, but more worrying for boss Silva is the fact they have only picked up one win this season.There were positives to take for the visitors, but they remain 12th in the table with six points from their opening six games.
Man of the match - Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Petr Cech came to Arsenal's rescue in the opening moments as he saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the 36-year-old made a string of stops to keep a first clean sheet of the season. He edged out team-mate Lucas Torreira, who impressed on his first Premier League start, as the hosts' best player.
'We finished with a smile on our face'
Arsenal manager Unai Emery: "We are happy because we wanted to win for our supporters, to continue improving, and the three points are very important. We didn't control the match like we wanted to in the first half, but our goalkeeper had a good performance to keep us in it.
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Unai Emery delight at 'very important' win for Arsenal
"We controlled the match better in the second half and didn't concede the chances we did in the first period. We finished the match with a smile on our face. We said we need a bit more at the break and the goal for Alex Lacazette is a good confidence-booster."Everton boss Marco Silva: "The result didn't reflect the match. During the match we had four or five chances to score. Our team came to play and press high, but their goalkeeper is the best player on the pitch, and I think it reflects our performance."The result is disappointing for us. They had one chance and scored, and we created a lot of chances but didn't score."It is a clear offside for their second goal and it is a decision at an important stage, because at 1-0, we would have kept creating problems for them. I understand the job is difficult."
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Second Gunners goal was clearly offside - Marco Silva
Goals, goals, goals - the stats
Arsenal versus Everton is the highest-scoring fixture in Premier League era, with 153 goals.
The Gunners have won 97 top-flight games against Everton - at least 11 more than any side has managed against another in top-flight history.
Twelve of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette's 16 Premier League goals have been scored at Emirates Stadium - only Tony Adams, with 10 out of 12, scored a higher percentage of his league goals in home games for the Gunners (minimum 10 goals).
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been directly involved in nine goals in his past five Premier League games against Everton (six goals, three assists).
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has conceded 18 goals in his five Premier League appearances against Arsenal, more than against any other side.
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5PapastathopoulosBooked at 30mins[/i]Substituted forHoldingat 39'minutes
11TorreiraBooked at 15mins[/i]
8RamseySubstituted forWelbeckat 80'minutes
14AubameyangSubstituted forIwobiat 69'minutes
12DigneBooked at 27mins[/i]
11WalcottSubstituted forBernardat 72'minutes
10G Sigurdsson
29Calvert-LewinSubstituted forTosunat 72'minutes
Referee:Jonathan MossAttendance:59,964
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Home TeamArsenalAway TeamEvertonPossessionHome62%Away38%ShotsHome9Away9Shots on TargetHome5Away6CornersHome5Away9FoulsHome17Away12
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Match ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.
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Posted at 90'+5' Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Everton 0.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).Posted at 90'+4' Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 90'+2' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Lucas Digne.Posted at 89' Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal).Posted at 89' Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 89' Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton).Posted at 86' Petr Cech (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 86' Foul by Michael Keane (Everton).Posted at 86' Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).Posted at 86' Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 85' Attempt saved. Cenk Tosun (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a headed pass.Posted at 84' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lucas Torreira.Posted at 83' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lucas Torreira.Posted at 83' Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernard.Posted at 82' Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.
Posted at 80' Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Aaron Ramsey.Posted at 79' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.Posted at 78' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 76' Delay in match Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) because of an injury.Posted at 76' Delay in match Richarlison (Everton) because of an injury.Posted at 73' Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73' Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).Posted at 73' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 73' Foul by Kurt Zouma (Everton).
Posted at 72' Substitution, Everton. Bernard replaces Theo Walcott.
Posted at 72' Substitution, Everton. Cenk Tosun replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.Posted at 71' Corner, Everton. Conceded by Petr Cech.Posted at 71' Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.Posted at 70' Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).Posted at 70' Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Posted at 69' Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Posted at 67' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 67' Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).Posted at 66' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 66' Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Everton).Posted at 65' Attempt saved. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Ozil.
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