Everton boss Marco Silva said his side’s improved form is down to confidence following their impressive victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Phil Jagielka, who was called into the starting XI as a replacement for Michael Keane shortly before kick-off, poked home the only goal of the game following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header from Lucas Digne’s early long throw.
“I’m really, really happy. We deserved the three points,” Silva told BBC Sport.
“The chances we created, we should score more goals. It is a fantastic win and one more clean sheet. That’s the spirit I like – the desire to win every challenge.
“[Earlier in the season] we lost some confidence, we had a break and after we worked really well. It’s the same team with more confidence.”
Arsenal were poor in the first half and, while they did improve in the second, they never seriously tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.
Everton, meanwhile, had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned chances.
Victory for Everton means they leapfrog Watford into ninth while Arsenal remain in fourth.