Ahead of Sunday’s big derby game in Manchester, Arsene Wenger’s men with a 2-1 win over Everton have claimed the Premier league top. At least for 24 hours.
Gunners at home with 2:1 celerbrated against Everton and so with 22 points broke out in front of Manchester City, who have played one game less. The hosts meeting resolved in the space of two minutes. Giroud scored in the 36th, and Koscielny two minutes later.
Barkley brought a hope to Toffees in the 44th minute, but that was it from both teams as the same result remained until the end, and in injury time Everton Barry received his second yellow card.
Everton substitutes: Joel, Funes Mori, Osman, Cleverley, Mirallas, Naismith, Kone.
Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Lennon, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku.
Arsenal substitutes: Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Walcott, Campbell.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.