Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Everton continued their fine recent form as they beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, with Phil Jagielka the surprise match-winner.
The Toffees went into the game after two impressive wins in a row, and were looking for another against Arsenal, but had to go in to the game without defender Michael Keane after he dropped out of the side in the warm-up.
Veteran centre back Jagielka had to fill in, but that worked perfectly as he turned the ball home, when Arsenal failed to deal with a Lucas Digne long throw.
Everton were by far the better side throughout, and created a whole host of chances but simply couldn't find the crucial second goal, with Gylfi Sigurdsson particularly guilty of squandering good openings.
Marco Silva's side held out for the win though, meaning they've kept five clean sheets in the last six games, showing real signs of improvement at this late stage in the season.
A number of Everton players caught the eye on Sunday afternoon, but fans have been particularly glowing about playmaker Bernard, who dazzled down the left flank.
The Brazilian was full of flicks and tricks, showing great confidence in the final third, whilst also providing great work rate and defensive input to help the Toffees keep a clean sheet.
Fans now think that Bernard, a summer signing by Marcel Brands last summer, is now coming good on a more consistent basis than earlier this season, and believe he will go on to be a huge player for the club, suggesting that he is the most technically-gifted player at the club since Mikel Arteta.
Bernard is finding his feet in the league now. Gonna be some player for us— Stephen Sherrington (@Ste_Sherro_EFC) April 7, 2019
I've been biggest critic but Bernard was fantastic today. His defensive contribution was invaluable #EFC— Jonathan Dunn (@JonathanDunn12) April 7, 2019
Bernard is filthy— O (@EfcOlly) April 7, 2019
Bernard was outstanding today against Arsenal #efc— D4vid P0tter (@FootyCoach78) April 7, 2019
DCL did great as well
Bernard immense again today. Jags so solid. Calvert Lewin nuisance all day. Gomes his typical classy self! Superb! #EFC— Michael (@Michael43032168) April 7, 2019
Bernard has put in a massive shift today, well done little man! #EFC— Aussie Groundhopper (@OzGroundHop) April 7, 2019
Bernard has had a phenomenal game— Alex (@efc_alex18) April 7, 2019
Bernard is really getting to grips with our league what a player #EFC— Will Day (@willday79) April 7, 2019
Bernard is a tiny little wizard he is absolutely fantastic— Jay Sankey (@EFCSankey) April 7, 2019
Bernard is our best player at the club. The mans unreal— Adam (@adxmEFC) April 7, 2019