Gunners show heart to hold off Toffees

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Arsenal climbed to second in the Premier League with a gutsy victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

The Gunners showed a resolve that pundits have previously claimed was lacking from Arsene Wenger's side, with the north London club taking the lead through Bacary Sagna before captain Cesc Fabregas doubled the advantage.

Tim Cahill struck late to set up a frantic finish on Merseyside, but Luckasz Fabianski would not be denied after a string of earlier saves kept Arsenal in-front.

Wenger's side went in-front on 33 minutes when Sagna, a 66/1 shot to score the first goal, drilled a shot past Tim Howard.

The American stopper would have hoped to have done better, but Sagna's shot was too powerful and beat the former Manchester United goalkeeper at the near post.

Cahill had missed an earlier chance for the Toffees, but the Gunners were coming on stronger as the period developed.

Andrey Arshavin missed two earlier chances before the French full back gave his side the lead.

Fabregas doubled the advantage in the early stages of the second-half, exchanging passes with Marouane Chamakh before striking neatly into the far post.

Jack Rodwell, introduced at the interval, went close to pulling David Moyes' side back into it but fired wide, while Samir Nasri forced Howard into a good save after a brilliant run past Phil Jagielka and the Everton back line.

Fabianski would then make smart saves from substitute Jermaine Beckford and Steven Pienaar, but Cahill's scrambled strike from a corner gave Everton late hope.

It was to be in vain though, and Arsenal were more than worthy winners as the Gunners moved into Premier League striking distance at the top of the table.

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