Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck broke the deadlock against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday as the Gunners produced some impressive build-up play.
After the disappointment of being eliminated from the Champions League in midweek, which followed up the FA Cup loss to Watford last weekend, the Gunners could ill-afford another slip up.
With Leicester City 11 points clear of Arsene Wenger’s side, Arsenal needed a win at Everton in order to keep their Premier League title hopes alive, and they certainly got off to a perfect start.
Having shown no sign of being fatigued or lacking sharpness following their trip to Spain on Wednesday night, the Gunners produced some stunning build-up play between Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to prise open the Everton backline.
However, Welbeck still had plenty to do, but he cooly rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home into an empty net to hand his side the lead.
The England international has been a real boost for Wenger since his return from injury, scoring three goals in just five Premier League appearances this season. However, the French tactician will now hope that his defence can stand firm and ensure that they are able to build on their lead in what is undoubtedly a tricky away trip for any side.