Arsenal’s outside chance of staging a late run at the Champions League places was given a boost today, with Mikel Arteta’s side running out 3-2 winners over fellow top four hopefuls Everton at the Emirates.
Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form Toffees side would take the lead after just 49 seconds, with striker Dominic Calvert-Lewis netting a superb improvised overhead kick from a corner.
Arsenal were rocked after conceding so early, but gradually began to get a foothold in the game and drew level on 27 minute, young attacker Eddie Nketiah finishing off a fine cross from fellow academy product, Bukayo Saka.
The Gunners would then take the lead through a familiar source, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang racing clear and curling a Thierry Henry-Esque finish into the bottom corner.
Mikel Arteta’s side would once again be punished for their poor defending from set-pieces just before half-time, keeper Bernd Leno feebly allowing Richarlison’s close range effort to squirm through his legs.
Arsenal would take the lead for the second time in the game just after the restart, Aubameyang once again proving the difference maker, the Gabon international heading home a Nicholas Pepe cross.
Leno would redeem himself with a fine second-half display and despite having to survive some hairy moments, the Gunners held on for a win that sees them move up to ninth in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth place Chelsea.
Today’s win was Arsenal’s third in the space of seven days, and speaking afterwards matchwinner Aubameyang admitted it had been a tough week for his side, while the Gunners also praised teammate Leno for bouncing back from his first-half error.
“It was a tough week,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.
”It was hard today to find some energy at the end of the week (after the Europa League win). Everybody is doing well and giving 100% to win the game.
“It’s always happy to have Bernd Leno – he saved a couple of times at the right moment. We are proud of him and can count on him.
“For my first goal it was a great ball from David Luiz. I just ran through the defence and was one on one.”