Today, Arsenal defeated Everton 2-0 at the Emirates and recorded their first clean sheet of the season. The honours of recording a first clean sheet was missed in the Thursday night 4-2 win over the other team from the other end of Europe (FC Vorskla) but today Emery can smile.
Six previous games and it looked like Arsenal will not keep a clean sheet this season. The Gunners have conceded goals in the closing stages of the game, signifying a sense of tiredness or the lack of concentration. Petr Cech made some very good saves to keep this clean sheet. The introduction of Holding for Sokratis didn’t alter the game as much. He made more clearances than any other Arsenal player on the pitch.
The two goals came within 3 minutes from Arsenal top two strikers – Lacazette and Aubameyang. The former found the top corner in the 56th minute while Auba doubled from close range. Both goals had Ramsey as the provider but credit has to be given to the backline for that first clean sheet. They have now both scored in three of the five games they started together this season. New formular?
Torreira made his first Premier League start after making his first Arsenal start on Thursday. It was a reunion for Theo Walcott but he couldn’t help Everton record a win at Arsenal.
It was the Gunners fifth consecutive win after losing the first two matches of the season. Momentum? They could extend it to six wins when they face Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The win today moves Arsenal to 6 points, joint with Spurs, a point behind Watford (next Premier League opposition), and 2 points ahead of Mourinho’s Manchester United who were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Westham held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.
It is looking good for Unai Emery. Yes, there is work to be done but raking up the available three points is just good enough. Let the momentum continue.