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Emery still eyeing top four spot for Gunners

Everton 1 Arsenal 0

Winning touch: Phil Jagielka scores the only goal of the game
Winning touch: Phil Jagielka scores the only goal of the game

By Carl Markham

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is remaining positive about their top four hopes after insisting their destiny remains in their own hands despite a 1-0 defeat at Everton.

A 10th-minute goal from Phil Jagielka, who was not in the team 30 minutes before kick-off but received a late call-up after illness ruled out Michael Keane, was enough to inflict a sixth away defeat of the season on the Gunners.

Arsenal have conceded in 15 consecutive top flight away matches for the first time since February 1985 and, with four of their remaining six Premier League matches on the road, they face a tough task.

"I am in my mind in the same as before the match," said Emery.

"We know it is going to be difficult and today was a very good opportunity to take the three points and go third, but after the result we are fourth and we need to be consistent.

"We are going to have chances also in the next matches and it depends on us and on other teams.

"We can be negative because (we have) three points less (than we could have had), but it is in our hands to continue taking chances to be in the top four.

"It is a bad result, not a good performance, but we are fourth."

After waiting more than two years for a win over one of the Premier League's big six, Everton now have two in successive home matches.

"Delighted. Everything that we did since the first minute, the desire, the fantastic spirit and we deserved the three points," said manager Marco Silva, whose side moved within a point of seventh-placed Leicester.

"We were the best team on the pitch. With more goals, it would be more fair. The chances we have created, we should score more goals."

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Zouma, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Richarlison (Walcott, 79 mins), Sigurdsson (Davies, 90 mins), Bernard (Lookman, 88 mins), Calvert-Lewin. Unused subs: Baines, Tosun, McCarthy, Stekelenburg.

Arsenal: Leno, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Elneny (Ramsey, 46 mins), Guendouzi, Kolasinac (Aubameyang, 46 mins), Ozil (Iwobi, 74 mins), Mkhitaryan, Lacazette. Unused subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Suarez, Jenkinson.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Man of the match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Match rating: 6/10

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