Arsenal moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League as Thomas Vermaelen's early header at Everton earned Arsene Wenger's men a 1-0 triumph and their sixth successive top-flight victory.

The Gunners made a strong start and went in front in the eighth minute when Vermaelen converted Robin van Persie's corner.

The Toffees got a grip on proceedings and had what appeared to be a legitimate goal chalked off in the 31st minute when the flag was raised against Royston Drenthe, but the visitors held on to move above Tottenham, who drew 1-1 with Stoke.

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