It was a convincing victory for Arsenal as they put four past Everton without reply in a dominant display at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners started brightly and had several chances to take the lead in the opening half hour, but were unable to find a way past a resolute Everton defence.
However, in the 40th minute, Arsenal finally got the breakthrough they had been searching for. Zinchenko picked up the ball on the right wing and played a perfectly-weighted through ball to Saka, who took a touch to control it before firing it past Pickford at the near post. It was a massive moment for Arsenal, who had been getting frustrated by their inability to find the back of the net.
The Gunners then doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time, with Martinelli scoring his first goal of the night. The goal was initially called offside, but VAR ruled otherwise, much to the delight of the home fans.
Arsenal continued to dominate after the break and made it 3-0 in the 71st minute. Trossard played a clever cutback into the box and Odegaard was there to smash it into the roof of the net, putting the Gunners five points clear.
And Arsenal weren’t done yet, as they scored a fourth goal in the 80th minute. Nketiah played a delightful ball into the box and Martinelli was on hand to score his second of the night, capping off a superb performance from the young Brazilian.
Overall, it was a thoroughly deserved win for Arsenal, who put in a dominant display from start to finish. Everton were unable to cope with the Gunners’ attacking prowess and will be left with plenty to think about ahead of their next fixture.
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Goal! Arsenal 4-0 Everton
Arsenal cutting Everton apart at will. Another glorious move, Nketiah involved as he plays the ball in and Martinelli is on hand for his second of the night.
Goal! Arsenal 3-0 Everton
Arsenal will go five points clear. Trossard cuts it back into the box and Odegaard is there to fire it into the roof of the net!
We are back at it again!
That is the end of the first 45
Goal! Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Arsenal do have a 2-0 lead, Martinelli has doubled the advantage. Everything looking much better for the Gunners now.
Goal! Arsenal 1-0 Everton
Massive moment for Arsenal, because this was getting really frustrating for them. Zinchenko drifts over to the right wing, and slides a sensational pass through to Saka. One touch to control it on the swivel, another to move it on and a third to hammer it past Pickford at the near post.
Here we go!
Arsenal go with the same side that beat Leicester, as Trossard and Jorginho keep their places and Nketiah and Partey have to once again settle for spots on the bench. Other than that it’s as expected. With Smith Rowe back in the squad now too, it’s a much stronger bench.
For Everton, one changed as Keane comes in for Coady at the back. Maupay gets the nod to lead the line over Simms.