Arsenal get much needed win over Everton at Goodison Park
Arsenal kept their lingering Premier League title chances alive with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
Goals from Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi moved the Gunners to within eight points of Leicester City.
The Foxes take on Crystal Palace later today.
The Gunners opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when Danny Welbeck finished off a twelve pass move by rounding Joel Robles and rolling the ball into an empty net.
Arsenal doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Man-of-the-match Alex Iwobi scored on his Premier League debut.
Hector Bellerin’s superbly-weighted ball found Iwobi, who outpaced Leighton Baines and Mori and hit his shot through the legs of Robles.
Arsenal weren’t as sharp or fluent in a scrappier second half, but showed the defensive resilience required against a disappointing home side.
David Ospina picked up an injury in the second half after being clattered by Romelu Lukaku. Despite being in obvious discomfort he was kept on the field.
Mesut Ozil also limped off in the 74th minute, to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs, after being clipped by Tom Cleverley.
Substitute Olivier Giroud, who replaced Danny Welbeck in the 74th minute, was denied a goal when was adjudged to have fouled Phil Jagielka before beating Joel Robles to the ball.
Giroud went close again in injury time, after being played in by fellow substitute Calum Chambers, but fired into the side netting.
A surprisingly comfortable win for Arsenal, who will now hope that Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur now drop points in their matches this weekend.
Arsenal: Ospina 7, Bellerin 7, Gabriel 7, Koscielny 7, Monreal 7, Coquelin 7, Elneny 7, Iwobi 8 (Chambers 85), Ozil (Gibbs 74) 7, Sanchez 7, Welbeck 7 (Giroud 74))