Cech repays manager's faith as Lacazette blasts Arsenal past Everton

Eloise Marshall
September 24, 2018

The victory was the London club's first Europa league game since winning the competition in 2013.

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.

But Emery was furious that Arsenal switched off in the closing stages to allow minnows Vorskla to score twice.

The win - and Arsenal's first clean sheet of the season - pushes the Gunners up to sixth in the table, while the Toffees stay in 12th place.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery continues to trust in Petr Cech in goal, while at the back he selects Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi as the central pairing.

During his time in Seville, Emery enjoyed Europa league success three consecutive times between 2014 and 2016, and Arsenal fans will have mixed views on his preferred route into the Champions League next season.

So far that quick-fix plan hasn't worked, so Emery has called on his team to show some steel and learn from their mistakes.

We didn't deserve this result. "They'd scored a great goal [through Lacazette] but we'd try to fight for 1-1, for sure".

However, while they've scored 10 goals in five Premier League games so far this season, they've conceded nine, and so he certainly has to find a better balance in his team to ensure that they become more hard to break down.

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"Our team came to play and press high, but their goalkeeper is the best player on the pitch, and I think it reflects our performance".

Everton had created a fistful of good chances in the first half only to run into Petr Cech in inspired form.

"I came to the club to play every game", Leno told the Evening Standard after the match.

'But I think he did very well without the risk of losing another'.

"I believe that they will do that and for sure they will keep on improving in the future".

'Torreira was on a yellow card and I was thinking how can he control the game in the last few minutes with this card against him?' the Spaniard said. I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. For me, the Europa League is very important.

Everton manager Marco Silva could give a debut to Yerry Mina after the former Barcelona defender began training with the rest of the squad last week following a foot injury.

"It's something we analysed during the week".

"It is clear that we have a very, very competitive team to do that - I am confident in my team".

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