Match report and free highlights as Arsenal beat Everton 4-0 to go five points clear of Manchester City; Gabriel Martinelli scored twice; Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard also on target as Gunners capitalised on their game in hand.
The Gunners were frustrated by Everton for the first 40 minutes but Bukayo Saka’s brilliantly-taken opener caused the floodgates to open as Mikel Arteta’s side capitalised on their game in hand in ruthless style.
Martinelli netted his first goal of the night with a cool finish after Saka had tackled Idrissa Gueye (45+1), the goal reinstated by VAR after the Brazilian was initially flagged offside.
Martin Odegaard then extended their advantage from close range following a slick attack (71), with Martinelli adding his second and Arsenal’s fourth (80) to cap a one-sided second half.
The victory made it three wins on the bounce for Arsenal, providing another statement about their title credentials, while Everton remain mired in relegation trouble in 18th place.
Arteta hails ‘moments of magic’
“I’m really happy,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta afterwards. “It was the game that we had in hand against an opponent that we knew were going to make life really difficult for us. We experienced that at Goodison.
“We started the game with some frustration, not really understanding what we had to do, allowing them to run in certain transitions, but after 20 or 25 minutes I think we started to get much better and I think the timing of the first two goals was key.
“We needed a magic moment there and Alex [Zinchenko] and ‘B’ [Bukayo Saka] produced it. And then the team grew, especially with Thomas [Partey], because Jorgi wasn’t feeling good today.
“When he came on, he really gave some presence and some stability to the team, and I think the second half was superb.”
Asked again about Bukayo Saka’s opening goal, he added: “In the end, you have to produce those magic moments and take that initiative and have that mentality, ‘I’m going to do it on the pitch. I’m not going to wait for somebody else to do it.’
“When you have a few players who have the willingness and the capacity to do that, you have a better chance to win more games.”