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Match Report | Arsenal set the record straight in Emirates reverse fixture with 4-0 centenary win over Everton

Goals from starlet trio Bukayo Saka, Martin Ødegaard, and Gabriel Martinelli set the stage for Arsenal to regain their five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table

Premier League leaders Arsenal ruthlessly reminded Everton of their position in the table tonight after the Gunners blitzed the Toffees in the second half before ultimately coming away with a consummate 4-0 win at the Emirates stadium, exacting revenge over their 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park mere weeks ago.

The first half-chance of the match fell to Sean Dyche’s men in the 7th minute when Everton did well to break up play before setting off on a counter-attack which could only end in a lazy backheel effort from Neal Maupay after Dwight McNeil’s low cross dribbled its way to the Frenchman.

Both sides settled into a back-and-forth rhythm at each end that amounted to little in the way of chance creation as each lacked any cutting edge in the final third, though Everton held their own comfortably just as they did a few weeks ago at Goodison Park.

Dyche’s Toffees were the better side for much of the half, with their organized two banks of four leaving the Gunners frustrated while looking to break at any chance, and before the 40th minute, Everton were the ones to test Aaron Ramsdale. But then up stepped Bukayo Saka, like so many times before dating back to last season, with a thunderous effort from close range to beat England colleague Jordan Pickford high at the near post after riding the shoulder of the defender before turning into space to latch on to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s expertly threaded pass to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead.

It was an advantage Arsenal desperately needed in their bid to set the record straight last time out against Everton, applying a dagger to Everton’s heart as the Toffees looked happy to go into the half-time interval level at nil-nil during what had been a very credible performance.

Things would go from bad to worse in stoppage time when Saka pounced to dispossess Idrissa Gueye in Everton’s third of the pitch to put Gabriel Martinelli one-on-one with Pickford before slotting through the keeper’s legs to double the advantage, with the on-pitch decision to whistle it back for offside being overturned by VAR.

Arteta’s troops moved into the second half at their dominant best despite failing to secure a third goal to put Everton to bed early after both sides emerged from the changing room, but Everton nearly cut the lead in half in the 62nd minute through Dwight McNeil if not for a smart save from Aaron Ramsdale who had little to do up till then.

Martin Ødegaard popped up in the 71st minute to put the result beyond down while giving Arsenal a deserved 3-0 lead when club captain slotted home from 10 yards out after Leandro Trossard got to the end line before squaring for the Norwegian. Martinelli would then bag his brace nine minutes later after second-half substitute Eddie Nketiah was put into space by Zinchenko for the Brazilian to ultimately tap in after Nketiah squared his ball just outside of Pickford’s reach.

Proceedings would come to a close by the same scoreline as Arsenal reinstituted their five-point cushion over champions Manchester City in a display that once again showed the stuff that the young side was made of amid a pressure-filled title race against the current English hegemon.

As for Everton, they travel back to the blue half of Merseyside still sitting in the bottom three, having now suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat of the season as the new manager bump under Sean Dyche appears to be over.

Arsenal Player Ratings

  • GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7.5
  • RB: Ben White – 7
  • CB: William Saliba – 7
  • CB: Gabriel – 7
  • LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8
  • CM: Jorginho – 6.5
  • CM: Granit Xhaka – 7
  • CAM: Martin Ødegaard – 8
  • RW: Bukayo Saka – 8
  • LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 8.5
  • ST: Leandro Trossard – 7.5
  • Sub: Thomas Partey -7
  • Sub: Eddie Nketiah – 7
  • Sub: Fábio Vieira – 6.5
  • Sub: Emile Smith Rowe – 6
  • Sub: Kieran Tierney – 6

Everton Player Ratings

  • GK: Jordan Pickford – 5
  • RB: Seamus Coleman – 6
  • CB: Michael Keane – 5
  • CB: James Tarkowski – 6
  • LB: Vitaly Mykolenko – 6.5
  • DM: Idrissa Gueye – 5
  • RM: Alex Iwobi – 6
  • CM: Abdoulaye Doucouré – 6
  • CM: Amadou Onana – 6
  • LM: Dwight McNeil – 7
  • ST: Neal Maupay – 6
  • Sub: Mason Holgate – 6
  • Sub: Demarai Gray – 6
  • Sub: Ben Godfrey – 6
  • Sub: Tom Davies – 6

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