Arsenal went into this game on a high following their two wins in the Midlands. This was also an opportunity for the team to avenge their recent defeat to Sean Dyche’s men in the Everton manager’s first match in charge.
The match began slowly with very few chances. Everton’s tactics was to defend deep and frustrate Arsenal. A similar game plan employed by Everton against Arsenal in the reverse fixture. Everton’s approached worked for most of the first half. Everton’s resistance was broken five minutes before half time with a well taken goal by Bukayo Saka. Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has been drifting infield in games did exactly that and played a great pass to Saka. His shot hit the roof of the net from a tight angle.
A second goal came in first half stoppage time. It came from a mistake by Everton midfielder, Idrissa Gueye. The midfielder held on to the ball too long and was dispossessed by Saka, who passed the ball to Martinelli to make it 2-0. The goal was initially ruled out for offside. A VAR review overturned the review. The first half ended 2-0 to the home team.
Everton started the second half better, eventually creating a chance. A shot by Dwight McNeil was saved by Ramsdale.
The third goal came after 71 minutes. Trossard carried the ball into the Everton box and cut back to Odegaard. The Arsenal captain finished off the opportunity. Arsenal substitute Eddie Nketiah had a chance to add a fourth goal, but his effort was saved by Everton goalkeeper Pickford. The follow up by Fabio Vieira was high over the bar. Arsenal were not to be denied, and the fourth goal came 10 minutes before the end. Zinchenko made a through pass to Nketiah and the striker played a first time pass to Martinelli at the near post. He nutmegged Pickford to score the fourth goal.
The match ended 4-0 and keeps Arsenal five points ahead of Manchester City.
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