The Toffees moved up to seventh in the Premier League table, with Phil Jagielka’s early strike the difference between the teams on the day.
Jagielka, who was only brought in at the last minute after an injury to Michael Keane in the warm-up, gave the hosts the lead in the 10th minute. Lucas Digne sent in a long throw and the Arsenal defence failed to deal with it as the ball fell to the veteran centre-half, who had an easy finish six yards out.
“Jagielka was to start on the bench, but showed how he is a good professional and prepares himself for what the coach and team needs. He is always ready to help the team.” said Silva, speaking to the BBC after the game. “He really deserved the goal.”
Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on for Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny for the visitors at half-time but Everton continued to defend well, keeping out the visitors throughout.
It was an all-round solid performance from Everton, who deservedly picked up three points on the day, and could have scored more had they been more clinical with their finishing.
“Really, really happy.” continued Silva. “We deserve the three points. The chances we created, we should score more goals. It is a fantastic win – 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.
“It is fantastic to be solid in this way.”