Aubameyang and Lacazette partnership shines again as Arsenal beat Everton

Deanna Kelley
September 24, 2018

The Gabon global also saluted Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech's display, and stated his belief that his team were on the rise.

While it was a pair of strikers who sealed a fourth league victory in a row — along with a win in the Europa League — it was as much a day to celebrate for Arsenal's oft-criticized defense, and the goalkeeper behind it.

Cech has drawn criticism for his apparent discomfort in playing the ball out from the back as Emery's tactics demand, but his saves proved key on Sunday. "He has a big experience, he has big quality". "It is clear that we have a very, very competitive team to do that - I am confident in my team".

Heading into this game, many Arsenal fans were feeling confident.

After a quiet first half, France internatinal Lacazette fired Arsenal into the lead with a curling strike from just inside the box.

"This current Arsenal side, as good as they are on the eye, will always give you a chance and I expect Everton to find the back of the net at the Emirates, but Bruce Rioch was in charge of the Gunners (January 1996) the last time they lost at home to Everton".

Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 56th and 59th minutes were all the hosts needed to cart away all three points in that encounter.

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At Arsenal, Unai Emery, the man who did so well with Sevilla then not so well with Paris Saint-Germain, has been handed the poisoned chalice of replacing Arsene Wenger and so far the French coach has made a decision to imitate his flawed predecessor rather than herald in a new, pragmatic approach in north London. The assistant referee's flag stayed down as Aubameyang curled home from close range.

"It is a disappointing result and didn't reflect the performances of the two teams - but that is football", he said.

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And Leno, who aired his frustration at a lack of opportunities after making his Arsenal debut in Thursday's 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla, could be kept on the sidelines.

A first clean sheet of the Emery era was a welcome sight for the Arsenal manager, but he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement in all areas.

He has been on the bench for the Gunners' first five Premier League games as coach Unai Emery has opted to stick with Cech as his No. 1 despite spending €25 million on Leno this summer.

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