Quick fire double send Arsenal top of the league
Like the fiery twenty minutes against Manchester United at the same ground, like the second half rampage against Watford at Vicarage, Arsenal took less than two minutes to dispatch a resurgent Everton with two quick fire goals and found themselves on top of the league albeit temporarily.
Gabriel Paulista, Olivier Giroud and Oxlade Chamberlain were the only new faces on the Arsenal eleven due to the illness to Per Metersacker, resting of Theo Walcott and injury to Aaron Ramsey. The Brazilian defender rose highest twice from to head wide off Mesut Ozil corners as the gunners press early. For all the runs of Gerrard Delofeu, he couldn't make the most of a rare Laurent Koscielny error when the French stalwart miscued and ceded possession. On the other flank, Hector Belerin kept Aaron Lennon quite all day with forays upfront.
The lively Mesut Ozil could have handed the gunners the lead with twenty minutes played, a Santiago Carzola through ball fell to him but Tim Howard saved well to earn Arsenal a corner, however, the hosts won't wait too long as a pass of outrageous quality was lofted to Giroud off the feet of the mercurial Ozil and the Frenchman made no mistake from few yards out. Like Arsenal's story this era, the dust had barely settled on the first when Arsenal fans started celebrating the second.
Santi Carzola blitzed a free kick at the near post with Laurent Koscielny lurking behind the defense, the Frenchman headed past Howard with the offside trap effectively beaten. Arsenal went in search of the third but it was Everton who would half the deficit after Gabriel Paulista deflected a Ross Barkley strike past his own keeper.
The second half saw several end to end stuffs with Kevin Mirralas drawing a superb save from Petr Cech and Tim Howard saving twice from Mesut Ozil, the second was a rare volley off a sleek Arsenal counter. With the clock running down, Wenger introduced Kieran Gibbs for the burned Alexis who had a very quiet afternoon at the Emirates. The win ushered Arsenal to the top of the log pending the outcome of the game at Old Trafford.