Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Lacazette strikes as controversial goal puts gloss on Arsenal win over Everton

Lacazette strikes as controversial goal puts gloss on Arsenal win over Everton

The 43-year-old told press ahead of Arsenal's match against Everton that he would prefer to win a title in the process of securing qualification for Champions League.

Throw in Thursday's 4-2 Europa League victory over Ukraine side FC Vorskla Poltava and Emery's troops are on a roll of four wins on the spin in all competitions.

Richarlison tried to get on the scores sheet barely one minute before the end of the first half of the game but his effort was saved by the Gunners goalkeeper.

But Lacazette ensured that lethargic spell wouldn't prove costly when he smashed a sublime opener in the second half.

Gabon worldwide Aubameyang doubled the lead two minutes later from what appeared to be an offside position, sending Pickford the wrong way from close range. "I keep calm. My chance will come". Marco Silva's men were kept at bay in the first half but an energized display by the Gunners meant that the Toffees went home empty-handed.

Worst still, his last away win in English football dates back almost a year ago to November 2017 - he's now winless in eight - while the only teams he's ever beaten are Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and Bournemouth, which hardly gives Everton fans confidence that they can start beating the big teams away from Goodison Park.

"West Ham have lost more Premier League London derbies than any other club and I feel Maurizio Sarri will become just the third Premier League manager to win his first six games in the competition after Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola".

"But we spoke at half-time about how to stop them and we had better positions when Everton attacked".

"Petr Cech was the best player on the pitch, clearly".

There were plenty of empty seats around the Emirates and, with Arsenal struggling to find any rhythm, those who had shown up were growing restless by the time Lucas Digne's free-kick was tipped over by Cech.

Walcott joined Arsenal as a youngster from Southampton back in 2006 and ended up spending 12 years at the club. After losing their opening two league games, the Gunners have won their last three.

Everton had the better of the first half at Emirates Stadium, with Richarlison — back after a three-match domestic ban for headbutting an opponent — proving unsafe down the left wing and forcing a good parried save out of Cech.

Aubameyang was a full yard offside when he converted from Aaron Ramsey's flick to build on the lead that Alexandre Lacazette had just given Arsenal on 56 minutes and there would be no way back for Everton.

Lacazette had been anonymous until that point but, taking a touch to size up his options, the French forward guided a majestic curling shot into the top corner for his second goal of the season.

After 108 goals in 397 games for Arsenal, Walcott moved on to Everton, and has so far notched five goals in 20 games for Everton, with the winger no doubt hoping to add to his tally today.

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