Maurizio Sarri laughed off suggestions that next week's summit meeting with Liverpool is a "must-win" game after seeing Chelsea's 100 per cent Premier League record ended by stubborn West Ham in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
But his attacking gamble seems to be paying off, with the Gunners unbeaten and always scoring at least two when they have played together this season. Emery later said he was about to replace Lacazette just before the France striker scored.
Emery brought Bernd Leno to the club in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen, and though many thought Cech would lose his starting spot in the Premier League, he has remained Emery's first choice. I think Cech has a big experience, big quality, he started the pre-season very well, and we think he is in a performance we want. "We have very healthy competition and we are actually taking the benefit of it". "He has a big future".
This was followed by another superb strike three minutes later as the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished off Ramsey's second assist of the match, to double the goal advantage and put Gunners two in front.
The turning point came in the 56th minute when Lacazette picked up a short pass from Aaron Ramsey on the left channel, took a touch, and curled a shot in off the far post for his second goal of the season.
"Sometimes you need to make sure you win an ugly game, when you are not playing completely well but you just dig deep, close the back door and win 1-0 no matter how".
Nobody would have spoken about Arsenal's hardiness after Everton had Cech not saved them and, for long spells, they were predictable going forward. The other goalkeepers are the same, very well, and need to continue working for when the team needs. "Then we scored the goal and I chose to stop it and think again about who we need next". "I think we only conceded one chance after that". It has been a tough adjustment period for a player who, at 36, is in the twilight of his career but his faultless display against Everton showed he is getting there.
"It's clear the second goal is offside".