A goal either side of half-time from Olivier Giroud and substitute Tomas Rosicky sealed an easy win for Arsenal against a lacklustre Everton, reports BBC
Arsenal were dominant from the start, but initially found it difficult to break through the resilient Everton defence. Roberto Martinez’s side ensured the central areas of the pitch were compact to keep the Londoners quiet, and it nearly worked in the first-half. But minutes before the break, Arsenal got their goal.
Olivier Giroud, who was heavily criticised after a poor showing against AS Monaco in the Gunners’ midweek Champions League clash, scored a close range finish minutes before half-time.
The second-half was all Arsenal, with Everton creating little in the way of clear-cut chances. The visitors registered only two shots on target in the entire 90 minutes, but still had a chance to get back into the game with just one goal levelling the tie.
However, the Toffees failed to take the few chances that came their way, and Arsenal eventually put the game beyond doubt in the final few minutes of normal time. Substitute Tomas Rosicky doubled Arsenal’s lead, and they ran out worth winners.
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