Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said he is happy to pick up another three points after his side beat Everton 2-0, but bemoaned a lack of control, particularly in the first half.
Despite the 2-0 scoreline suggesting that it was a comfortable afternoon for the Gunners, it couldn’t actually be further from the truth, with Arsenal’s creaky defence offering up chance after chance to Everton’s pacey front line of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin.
Time after time, Everton nicked in to steal the ball and found themselves through on goal, but were constantly thwarted by former Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, who kept his first clean sheet of the season.
Arsenal would grab their fifth win on the spin thanks to a fine strike from Alexandre Lacazette, and a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubayang which should have been ruled out for a blatant offside, and speaking after the game, Emery was keen to praise his goalkeeper Petr Cech and goalscorer Lacazette:
“We are happy because we wanted to win for our supporters, to continue improving, and the three points are very important,” Emery told Sky Sports.
“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.
“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.”