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Arsenal’s young guns were once again firing on all cylinders as Bukayo Saka’s strike and Gabriel Martinelli brace helped Everton move five points clear of Mikel Arteta’s side at the top of the Premier League.
No other player under the age of 22 has scored more than five goals in the Premier League this season, but Saka and Martinelli both reached the double of the first-half goals in a comfortable 4-0 win.
Captain Martin Odegaard added a third before Martinelli converted the winner, leaving Arsenal in a strong position as they bid for their first title in 19 years.
This was Arsenal’s match in hand, the original match having been canceled following the Queen’s death, and they entered the competition having lost to the struggling Toffees the previous month.
This was Sean Daichy’s first game in charge of Everton and things seem to be improving, but this loss leaves the guests inside the relegation zone.
Arteta breaches Arsenal again after the loss at Goodison Park, which toppled the confidence of his players, and the Spaniard confirmed that it was fleeting and not a slump, as they opened a healthy lead over Manchester City at the top of the table again.
Everton arrived with a game plan that stifled Arsenal’s attacking intent while also giving themselves the chance to launch an outlandish attack forward.
Saka, in particular, was well organized by Vitaly Mikolenko and the England striker made very little impact on proceedings.
But that all changed with just five minutes left in the first half, as Saka finally found some space to turn around and collected Oleksandr Zinchenko’s pass before firing high past fellow international Jordan Pickford to break the deadlock.
The lead was doubled shortly afterwards, but the Everton defense hung in anticipation of a free kick being awarded for a foul on Odegaard.
Idrissa Gaye was caught, Saka pounced on the loose ball and Martinelli took over to finish the ball past Pickford – the offside flag only momentarily dampened celebrations before the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled it out for the Brazilian side.
Leandro Trossard missed a good chance to extend the lead 10 minutes into the second half but Everton were still in the game, cleverly stopping Dwight McNeil from Aaron Ramsdale after a powerful run forward.
But the points were secured as Trossard played brilliantly at Odegaard to score his ninth league goal before substitute Eddie Nketiah’s cross was slotted home from close range by Martinelli.
Arteta was able to make late changes and give the likes of Saka, Trossard and Granit Xhaka a well-deserved rest as Ramsdale made a quick stop to prevent Everton from scoring another goal.
Arsenal’s next fixture is a visit from struggling Bournemouth on Saturday as their hopes of ending their nearly two-decade wait for the Premier League title continue.