Arsenal took another step towards winning their first Premier League title since 2004 when they hammered Everton 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
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The win not only sends Arsenal (60 points) five points ahead of two-time defending champions Manchester City, but also realigns the two sides (finally) on the same number of games played (25). The Gunners still have to go to the Etihad Stadium on April 26, with a chance to avenge one of their three Premier League defeats this season.
Everton (21 points), meanwhile, remain 18th in the table, still mired in the relegation zone after back-to-back defeats and just one win (and one goal scored) since beating Arsenal on Sean Dyche’s debut on February 4.
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Patience, persistence pays off for Arsenal
Arsenal took all three shots in the first as they went 35 minutes without a single effort in the general direction of Everton’s goal, let alone on goal. Sure, they had 70 percent of the possession, but Dyche’s team did what Dyche’s team do. So the Gunners continued to pass, probe and press and Saka was decisive and ruthless when finally, in the 40th minute, Oleksandr Zinchenko found the magic ball into the box.
Six minutes later, in first-half stoppage time, Saka once again caused havoc when Idrissa Gueye lazily passed the ball back towards his own goal, won it back and sent Martinelli through to beat Jordan Pickford one-on-one. In six minutes, the Gunners answered so many questions about their title-winning credentials, their maturity and confidence to stay the course in challenging times.
Commentator Peter Drury said it best, after Martinelli netted home No. 4: “There is a wonderful arrogance about Arsenal now.”
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What will be next?
Arsenal continue their title quest on Saturday (10am ET) when they welcome Bournemouth, another relegation-threatened side, to north London. Everton will visit Nottingham Forest, who are rapidly slipping back towards the bottom three, on Sunday (10am ET).
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The Gunners weren’t at their best against Leicester last time out, but they didn’t need to be. They dominated possession and Leicester hardly had a chance. Arteta’s side are showing they can win games in different ways and with Trossard, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah and Odegaard all chipping in with key goals at different times, they look set to maintain this title push until the end of the season.
Everton’s problems have been scoring goals and they created some great openings against Villa but were unable to finish. They have only scored 17 goals this season, which is the lowest number in the Premier League. They will look to keep things tight at the back and hope to cause havoc from set pieces at the Emirates.
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