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.