The North Londoners entered the game smarting from a 3-1 home defeat to Ligue 1 side Monaco in the Champions League. Starting that tie as one of the favourites to progress to the next stage of the competition, the Gunners put in a lacklustre display and Monaco deserved their result, leaving qualification looking unlikely.
With another season of Champions League failure looking probable, the Gunners are banking their campaign on securing another top-four finish to ensure qualification for next year’s iteration of Europe’s premier competition.
Despite entering the game low on confidence due to the Monaco result, Arsenal fought to a 2-0 victory over Everton, courtesy of goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky. The Toffees may have had more of the game, but it was the Gunners who were unfortunate to not come away with more goals. They put in a performance far removed from that shown on Wednesday evening, and much more characteristic of their recent upturn in form.
One would expect Arsenal to keep up the rise in the Premier League table this Wednesday when they travel to West London to face struggling QPR, knowing that they could move to within just one point of second-placed Manchester City - dependent upon results elsewhere.
Goalkeeper David Ospina has admitted that the team are thinking of taking that second place from City, and is glad that the Everton result has restored the confidence lost after the mauling by Monaco.
Speaking to the Standard, the Colombian stopper said: “After what happened against Monaco, the only thing that was important was to win the big game to continue increasing our confidence and keeping heading up the table. Now we are already thinking about the next one, which is QPR.
“We know we are close to them now but we need to concentrate on ourselves and not think about them. We will keep doing our job, picking up points and then see what happens.”