Cech shines as Arsenal win fourth consecutive league game
Superb Lacazette strike and offside Aubameyang goal seal 3 points for Gunners
23 September, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in Arsenal victory
ARSENAL 2 (Lacazette 56, Aubameyang 59)
ARSENAL recorded a fourth consecutive league win and first clean sheet of the season with a solid victory over Everton.
Petr Cech had a flawless performance and there were goals for the bubbling strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Despite the scoreline, the Gunners looked defensively frail and struggled with the final ball in the first half.
After the match a beaming manager Unai Emery said: “This victory is very important for us. Three points, for doing it our way. Very happy with the keeper. Petr has a big quality, today he shows us he is very well. It’s good for the team, it’s good for all the goalkeepers … Leno is a young player and we hope he will have a big future here.”
Mr Emery’s English is improving, but he is not yet entirely able to clearly express himself in the post match press conference.
He added: “We need our strikers to score our attacking moments, we have to control more the first half moments.”
A five minute flurry of activity just before the hour mark changed the course of the match.
Lacazette, who played up front for the full 90, opened the scoring with an unstoppable strike into the top corner on 56 minutes.
Minutes later Aubameyang poked in after Mesut Ozil squared to Aaron Ramsey across the face of goal. Ramsey’s stumbling pass to Aubameyang made the goal look off-side, but the flag stayed down.
Shortly before the Lacazette goal, Arsenal could have had a penalty – but a handball in the box was judged accidental.
It had been an even contest up until the break with the Toffees having the better chances.
Former Gunner Theo Walcott on his first return to the Emirates got in behind three times in the first half, but Cech was equal to him.
The Arsenal keeper – under pressure after the signing of Bernd Leno in the summer – was excellent throughout the match pulling off a string of important saves. His distribution was also solid, although there was noticeably less passing out from the back than previous matches.
The score was slightly flattering to Arsenal who are not looking confident on the ball. Poor touches saw successive attacks breakdown in the first half and the number of clear cut chances created will worry Emery. But confidence will be building after another win that takes the Gunners level with Spurs.
Everton manager Marco Silva said “we deserved more”, adding: “The second goal is clearly offside.. Lacazette scored a great goal … But Arsenal I think won the match much too easily.”
Sokratis hobbled off on 39 minutes and Emery said The defender had a problem with his knee he was hoping was “not important”.
Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis (Holding 38) Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Ramsey (Welbeck 79), Lacazette, Aubameyang (Iwobi 69).
Subs not used: Leno, Elneny, Lichtsteiner
Pickford, Keane, Zouma, Sigurdsson, Walcott (Bernard 72), Digne, Gueve. Davies, Calvert-Lewin (Tosun 76), Richarlison, Kenny.
Subs not used: Holgate, Baines, Schneiderlin, Stekelenberg, Lookman.