Arsenal beats Everton 2-1 to go 2nd in league

Arsenal climbed into second place in the Premier League as goals
by Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas earned Arsene Wenger’s side a 2-1
win at Everton on Sunday.

Sagna scored a rare goal in the 36th minute when the France
right back smashed a high shot in at the near post from 10
yards.

Fabregas doubled Arsenal’s lead three minutes into the second
half after exchanging passes with Marouane Chamakh before steering
a low shot into the far corner.

Everton piled on the pressure in the final 20 minutes and
reduced the deficit in the 89th when Australia midfielder Tim
Cahill bundled in from close range after Louis Saha headed down a
corner at the far post.

Arsenal, though, held on for the three points that lift the team
above Manchester United in the table.

Everton remained 13th following its first defeat in eight
games.

After losing 1-0 at home to Newcastle last Sunday, Arsenal has
bounced back well, with this victory following a 2-0 win at
Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

Apart from a frantic final quarter of the match when Arsenal
goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was bombarded with shots from all
angles, the visitors contained Everton well.

They edged a tight first half, with the recalled Andriy Arshavin
volleying just wide before firing over after going past two
defenders on a fine individual run.

It was the Russia captain who set up the opening goal for Sagna,
who controlled Arshavin’s lay-off before powering a rising shot
into the roof of the net.

Fabregas scored his first goal since the middle of September
when a one-two with Chamakh ended with the Spain midfielder
sweeping home his finish from 12 yards.

As Arsenal sat back to protect its lead, Everton came swarming
forward.

Substitute Jack Rodwell scooped a shot over after Steven
Pienaar’s cutback before Jermaine Beckford, Pienaar and Louis Saha
all had efforts saved by Fabianski.

Cahill’s close-range finish gave Everton a chance to snatch a
point but Arsenal held on.