Thomas Vermaelen’s scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Everton at Goodison Park and moved into third place.
The Belgian defender got the only goal of the game despite the Gunners dominating the hosts to record their sixth successive league win.
Aaron Ramsey, starting in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have put the visitors ahead inside five minutes but he sent his volley over the bar after good play from Tomas Rosicky and Robin Van Persie.
The Welshman had another chance moments later, this time being set up Theo Walcott but Sylvan Distin blocked well.
Arsene Wenger’s side took a deserved lead on eight minutes when Vermaelen rose highest to meet Van Persie’s corner and nod Arsenal in front.
Everton started to get a foot hold in the match as it grew on Leon Osman should have done better when meeting Marouane Felliani’s knockdown.
The Toffees thought they had levelled when Royston Drenthe beat Wojciech Szczesny, but the Dutchman was wrongly flagged offside.
Rosicky almost made it two on the stroke of half time but his well hit effort was saved by Tim Howard.
Van Persie should have sealed the win just before the hour when Kieran Gibbs found the striker but he could only smash the ball off the post.
As Everton pushed for a winner Arsenal were looking for the killer goal on the counter and after good work from substitute Gervinho, Van Persie was again guilty of missing a great chance, this time blazing the ball over the bar.