At the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, Arsenal overpowered Everton. The Gunners put pressure on themselves to score four goals on the night, despite the game getting off to a poor start. For the Premier League leaders, star performers Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard once again dominated the show.
With a little bit of patience in mind, the hosts got the game going. In reality, throughout the first 20 minutes, Arsenal controlled 68% of the possession. The Gunners, though, were unable to really produce any chances on Everton’s goal throughout this period. Instead, in the early goings of the game, the Toffees had both shots on goal. In the first 15 minutes, Neal Maupay attempted two attempts on Aaron Ramsdale’s goal, but the keeper easily intercepted the ball.
Saka, obviously, favours his team.
This pattern seemed to be sticking around for the rest of the first half. Nevertheless, Saka gave the Gunners the lead in the 40th minute with a spectacular strike into Jordan Pickford’s goal. As Saka got some space between two Everton defenders, Oleksandr Zinchenko chose his star partner. Saka received the ball and beat Pickford with a powerful shot from an awkward angle.
After a few minutes, Arsenal increased their advantage. Idrissa Gueye of Everton recklessly clutched onto the ball as Saka pounced on him. The winger’s deft challenge caused the ball to fall straight to Martinelli, who was coming up behind Pickford and finished coolly. As the ball was sent to Martinelli, the linesman first raised his flag for offside, but a VAR review showed that he was really behind the ball.
In the second half, Arsenal scores many goals against Everton.
In the 71st minute, Odegaard scored a third goal for the Gunners. After making a risky move down the left side, Leandro Trossard perfectly squared a ball to the Norwegian inside the box. Odegaard managed to score despite the presence of many Everton defenders in the vicinity. The club’s confidence seemed to increase after the previous two goals.
Ten minutes later, Martinelli scored the fourth goal. Eddie Nketiah, a replacement, rushed into the Everton box after some deft passing by his teammates, finding Martinelli only a few feet in front of the goal. The Brazilian skillfully sent the ball past Pickford to score.
After the win, Arsenal now has a five-point advantage over the competition. The severe loss, though, meant that Everton remained in the relegation zone.