Arsenal 4-0 Everton: Gabriel Martinelli nets brace as Gunners go five points clear of Manchester City
Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 4-0 win over Everton.
A month on from a painful defeat at Goodison Park in Sean Dyche’s first match in charge, the Gunners got their revenge on home soil as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli struck in a six-minute spell before half-time.
That proved enough, with a second-half charge from the Toffees, who have won just once away from home in the League this season and remain in the relegation zone, never really on the cards. Martin Odegaard made sure of the result with 20 minutes remaining before Martinelli netted his second of the night from close range, as the Gunners ran away with it late on.
Mikel Arteta named the same side that beat Leicester, meaning Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey missed out again, while Conor Coady was dropped for Everton as Michael Keane came into the side.
The match followed a frustratingly familiar pattern for the Gunners, who suffered the same problems as at Goodison Park. Arsenal had plenty of possession but did very little with it, struggling to break down the mass of blue shirts in front of them.
They had just one shot in the opening 40 minutes, but the two that followed before half-time both found the back of the net.
Oleksandr Zinchenko drifted over to the right wing and picked up the ball, sliding a brilliant pass through to Saka. He controlled on the swivel perfectly, before hammering a superb finish into the top corner at the near post.
And in first-half stoppage-time, the lead was doubled. Idrissa Gueye took an age on the ball in a bizarre episode, with Saka’s tackle knocking it into Martinelli’s path and the Brazilian slotted home. The offside flag denied him, but this time VAR came to Arsenal’s rescue.
The Gunners controlled things after the break, helped by the introduction of Thomas Partey, and they made sure there was to be no nervy finish in north London.
Leandro Trossard was played in down the left, cut the ball back for Odegaard on the penalty spot and the Arsenal skipper fired the ball into the roof of the net, with the help of a slight deflection.
By now Arsenal were cutting Everton open at will, and they got a fourth as the match moved into the final ten minutes. Another lovely move saw Eddie Nketiah played in down the side, he fired the ball across the face of goal and Martinelli was on hand to provide the finishing touch and cap a perfect night.