Everton 0-1 Arsenal
Last Updated: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:13
Thomas Vermaelen's early goal saw Arsenal take the points at Goodison Park and move up to third in the Premier League table.
Arsenal dominated the early stages and went close to an opener when Aaron Ramsey hit his first-time shot over the bar.
It was no surprise when the visitors did take the lead on eight minutes, Vermaelen finding the back of the net with towering header from Robin van Persie's corner.
Van Persie went close to a second for the visitors soon after but was denied by a superb save from Toffees keeper Tim Howard.
Everton began to find their way back into the game and thought they had leveled terms, when Royston Drenthe found the back of the net. However, the Dutchman was adjudged to have strayed offside although it looked as though he had timed his run well.
Everton were the better side after the break but couldn't find the back of the net, going closest when Marouane Fellaini fired wide inside the area.
It was the Gunners who enjoyed the better chances, Van Persie crashing a volley against the upright and Howard saving well down to his right to keep out Ramsey's deflected effort. That was before the American shot-stopper was called into action again to save from Tomas Rosicky's volley from point-blank range.
The win moves the Gunners above north-London rivals Spurs in the table, while Everton now sit in 10th spot.