Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck within three second-half minutes of one another to earn Arsenal a 2-0 home win over Everton in the Premier League.
Everton were the more threatening side during Sunday’s first half at Emirates Stadium, but a quickfire double from Arsenal’s attackers secured a fourth straight Premier League win.
Two goals in three second-half minutes gave Arsenal victory over Everton and took them up to sixth in the Premier League table.
Following a tight first half, in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin squandered a fine second-minute opening for Everton, the Gunners asserted control after the break.
Alexandre Lacazette swept a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the area after Aaron Ramsey’s pass.
Shortly after, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from close range after Mesut Ozil broke down the right, cut the ball back and Ramsey nudged it into the path of the Gabon international.
Replays suggested that Aubameyang was offside from Ramsey’s touch, though Everton could have few complaints from that point as a third for the hosts was more likely than a comeback from Marco Silva’s side.
Referee Jon Moss waved away Arsenal penalty appeals in the 55th minute when Jonjoe Kenny appeared to block Aubameyang’s header with his arm, but the Gunners soon took the lead.
Ramsey, who struck a hat-trick in this fixture last season, fed Lacazette and the striker thundered home an unstoppable drive that clipped the post on its way into the top-right corner.
Before Everton had a chance to respond it was 2-0 and game over, Aubameyang slamming home – albeit from an offside position – after Ramsey flicked on an under-hit Mesut Ozil pass.