French duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny’s goals gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Emirates stadium on Saturday to shoot the Gunners to the top of the top of the Premier League.
With the Manchester derby taking place on Sunday, the Gunners knew that three points would propel them to the top of the Premier League table for the first time since February 2014 and they did just that after 90 minutes.
The France internationals gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead with two quick-fire headers in two minutes but Ross Barkley’s deflected strike two minutes before half-time put Everton right back in the game but Wenger’s men did well survive late scares thanks to super saves by Petr Cech to see off the Merseysiders.
Arsène Wenger made three changes to the side that recorded an unforgettable win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The change saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in for the injured Aaron Ramsey, while there was a surprise at centre back as Gabriel replaced Per Mertesacker who had been ruled out through illness. The in-form Giroud started up front as Theo Walcott dropped to the bench.