Arsenal beat Everton 2-1

Arsenal picked up an invaluable away win this afternoon beating Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park to move up to second place in the Premier League.

Bacary Sagna opened the scoring on 36 minutes when he took advantage of hesitancy in the Everton defence to collect an Andrey Arshavin pass before slotting the ball past Tim Howard.

The Gunners extended their lead three minutes into the second half when Mikel Arteta lost the ball to Denilson in midfield. The Brazilian fed Cesc Fabregas who played a neat one-two with Marouane Chamakh before finishing clinically.

Time Cahill gave Everton some hope of a late comeback when he bundled home a corner from Leighton Baines in the 89th minute. Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski had to be at his best to deny Jermaine Beckford, Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha late on.

However, the lacklustre game was overshadowed by the performance of match referee Howard Webb. Everton can feel aggrieved that Arsenal finished the game with eleven men after Webb missed two clear red card incidents.

Sebastien Squillaci, the last defender, hacked down Louis Saha as the Everton striker bore down on goal, but Webb only gave the French centre back a yellow card.

Minutes later Fabregas caught Sylvian Distin with a late challenge which could easily have earned the Spain international a straight red. Webb, however, to have missed the incident and again showed just a yellow card.

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