Lacazette, Aubameyang help Arsenal edge past Everton

Lacazette, Aubameyang help Arsenal edge past Everton

Lacazette, Aubameyang help Arsenal edge past Everton

Arsenal's Petr Cech looks on during the match against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium September 2, 2018.

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

The Gunners took the lead against the run of play, with the France global having a poor game and the knowledgeable commentators had suggested that he was going to be replaced by Iwobi, only for Emery to change his mind.

The news will come as a blow to Emery, with Sokratis being ever present in the Arsenal side since joining the club over the summer.

Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.

Mesut Ozil broke forward and his low cross was scuffed by Ramsey into the path of Aubameyang, who doubled the lead, despite standing in an offside position.

The Czech shot-stopper then denied former Gunners team-mate Walcott seven minutes later after the winger had been slipped in on the right by Gylfi Sigurdsson, while at the other end Aubameyang's overhit cross from the left landed on top of the crossbar.

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If that move show-cased the best of the attack-minded Bellerin, Everton's next chance underlined the Spaniard's defensive frailties.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Arsenal number one Petr Cech worked as a linesman after helping the Gunners to beat Newcastle at St James' Park earlier in the weekend.

Cech's heroics laid the foundation for Arsenal's burst of two goals in three minutes, but it might have been different if Emery had been quicker with a planned substitution.

That finish and celebration [@chiddyafc]Lacazette screams sauce with that celebration are you mad. cech's best game in an arsenal shirt no doubt #ARSEVE [@Imsuave2]Lacazette always has the sauciest celebrations [@IrshadAFC7]Anyone with the lacazette goal celebration.

Speaking to reporters, Merson said: "I think every kid should watch this lad, every kid should watch this lad".

When asked what the team lacked in the past he said: "The Arsenal way was more important than getting the points sometimes".

Everton scrambled the ball away when it threatened to drop to Aaron Ramsey before breaking again only for the offside flag to go up as Gylfi Sigurdsson crossed.

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