English Premiership

Arsenal down Everton

2012-03-22 06:59
Thomas Vermaelen (AFP)

Liverpool - Thomas Vermaelen scored with an early header on Wednesday to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Everton that moved it up to third place in the Premier League.

Vermaelen headed in from Robin van Persie's corner to secure a sixth straight league win and move the Gunners above local rival Tottenham.

Everton played well and looked to have equalised in the 31st but Royston Drenthe was ruled offside.

Arsenal is a point clear of north London rivals Spurs with nine games left to play and looks good to secure a Champions League berth. Fifth-placed Chelsea is now six points back.

After the players emerged from the tunnel wearing T-shirts to show their support for former Arsenal midfielder Fabrice Muamba following his cardiac arrest, it was the visitors who set the early tempo.

Having already miscued one decent opportunity in front of goal in the sixth minute, Ramsey won a corner with a blocked shot moments later and from Van Persie's delivery, Vermaelen found the space to nod the Gunners into the lead.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then got down to keep out an effort from Van Persie before Leon Osman headed the Toffees' first attempt at goal wide.

The home side began to settle a little and the players thought they had equalized when Drenthe slotted in at the end of a passing move. The effort was ruled out for offside in a decision that enraged Everton boss David Moyes. Replays indicated that Drenthe had been onside when the ball had been played to him.

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