Arsenal go top

By Vasil Atanasov

Arsenal just about moved to the top of the table with а hard fought victory against a battling Everton side. It was obvious that Arsenal players were a bit jaded after an imperious performance against Bayern Munich in midweek and Wenger had to shift the side a bit. It worked out well for him as his chosen striker for the day – Olivier Giroud, scored the opening goal. Two minutes later, Arsenal were two-nil up courtesy of some suicidal play from Everton, gifting the free-kick and not being able to defend it properly. It looked like Everton had given themselves a mountain to climb, but Barkley’s deflected effort right before half-time gave them a chance for a good do in the second half. With the scores locked at two-one, they did have a couple of chances to equalize, but Deulofeu’s effort was brilliantly saved by big man Petr Cech and Lukaku grazed the top of the bar with one of his signature headers. Arsenal had some opportunities to score in the second half, even striking the post on two occasions, but despite the misses, the team had the right mental attitude to see out a tense game without scoring the all important third goal. Everton will kick themselves for not being able to stifle Arsenal, given the circumstances, but the home side will take a lot of confidence and pride in a week, in which they have registered two very important wins. There is a long way to go, but if Arsenal keeps up their consistency and has a bit of luck with injuries, they could well mount a credible title challenge this season.

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