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Goodison Park (ATT 39,504) 6th April 2014 - Kick off 13:30

Everton Everton vs Arsenal Arsenal

Everton 3

S Naismith (14)
R Lukaku (34)
M Arteta (og 61)


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  1. The final whistle blows and Everton are the deserved winners. An impressive success for the home side, who extend their winning run to six. Arsenal didn't perform to their best today and will need Everton to slip up somewhere along the line if they are to finish in the top four again.

  2. 90+2

    Sanogo has the ball in the net at the other end but he was offside and there's no consolation.

  3. 90+1

    Deulofeu is well dispossessed by Sagna before Mirallas finds plenty of space on the left. He feeds McGeady but doesn't make full use of the situation.

  4. 90

    A coming-together between Ross Barkley and Mikel Arteta after the ball is cleared results in a yellow card for the Arsenal man. That looked harsh as Barkley cleared shoved the former Toffee to the ground. Perhaps it was his complaints that upset the referee so much, but Barkley lucky whatever.

  5. 89

    The corner is headed away before Ramsey's cross from the left is gathered at the near post by Howard.

  6. 88

    Corner to Arsenal on the right after Mirallas watches it behind thinking he's won a goal kick.

  7. 87

    Another penalty shout from the Arsenal fans but Stones quite clearly chested the ball away.

  8. 87

    Lukaku coming off for Everton's final change. On-loan Barcelona players Gerard Deulofeu comes on on his place.

  9. 86

    Thunderous strike from Oxlade-Chamberlin and a fine stop from Howard. The midfielder unleashes from 25 yards on his right foot but the 'keeper just fingertips it onto the crossbar.

  10. 85

    Shout for an Arsenal penalty and it does look a clumsy tackle from Barry on Oxlade-Chamberlin, but the referee is unmoved.

  11. 83

    Oxlade-Chamberlin's throughball for Ramsey is over hit. Neither have made much of an impact since coming on, but the damage was already done.

  12. 82

    Good skill from McGeady and his cross forces Mertesacker into an unorthodox clearance. Arsenal try to come forward through Ramsey but there's no real urgency and the Toffees are back in position.

  13. 81

    A second change for Everton now sees Steven Naismith brought off for Aiden McGeady.

  14. 80

    Baines tries to get in on the act, creeping into space in the Arsenal box, but Sagna gets back to make the challenge.

  15. 78

    Oxlade-Chamberlin thinks he's found some space on the edge of the Everton area but he's closed down before he can get his shot away. At the other end, Mertesacker deals with the bouncing ball under pressure from Lukaku.

  16. 77

    Coleman tries to beat his man on the right flank but overruns the ball out for a throw. A return pass to Lukaku looked the obvious choice there.

  17. 76

    Sanogo given offside before skewing his shot well wide of the goal.

  18. 75

    Arsenal lose the ball on the edge of the Everton box again and the Blues set off on another break. The pass out towards Naismith is just too strong.

  19. 74

    Very little pressure on the ball when Everton have it and they are now completely dominating possession. Barkley at walking pace, onto McCarthy and back to Distin. It's all very easy.

  20. 73

    Lukaku on the run again and he follows a few step-overs with a good pass back into the Everton midfield to keep possession. Arsenal there for the taking now.

  21. 72

    John Stones just caught off side after the ball is returned to the Arsenal box following an Everton corner on the right. Lukaku's subsequent header was saved anyway.

  22. 71

    Giroud is taken off for Yaya Sanogo.

  23. 70

    Coleman in loads of space bombing down the right but Naismith can't quite find the full-back.

  24. 69

    Cazorla with an attempt on goal but Howard is down comfortably to make the save.

  25. 69

    Szczesny out to clear a long ball as Naismith looks to get in behind Mertesacker.

  26. 68

    Cheers ringing around Goodison with every touch for the home side. They are passing the ball around in style and the home faithful are loving this.

  27. 67

    Everton keeping their shape really well and are happy to hit Arsenal on the break. Lukaku can't quite get on the end of a long ball forward but they break again through Mirallas.

  28. 66

    A double change for Arsenal, with Podolski and Flamini off for Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin.

  29. 65

    Everton really enjoying themselves now. Barkley with trickery before his shot-cross flies just over.

  30. 64

    Arsenal on the verge of another heavy away defeat unless they can manufacture something in the final 25 minutes or so.

  31. 63

    Almost four as Lukaku feeds Barkley in the area but his low shot is straight at Szczesny.

  32. 61

    GOAL! (Arteta og) Poor from Sagna, who loses the ball just over halfway and Mirallas breaks at speed. He slips the ball through to Naismith, who is almost fouled trying to go around Szczesny and the ball pops back into the path of Mirallas. Arteta possibly with the final touch into his own net.

  33. 60

    Poor from Lukaku this time as Coleman tries a one-two but the reverse ball is put straight out of play.

  34. 59

    An Everton break is thwarted as the final ball just lets Naismith down.

  35. 58

    Giroud wins a corner off Stones and it's played short. Monreal sends over a decent angled ball but Vermaelen's header isn't powerful enough.

  36. 57

    A good challenge from Barry is followed by a less effective one from McCarthy, who escapes a booking.

  37. 56

    Lukaku tries another left-foot shot after cutting in from the right flank but this time it's blocked at source.

  38. 55

    Arsenal definitely having more joy this half but it couldn't have got much worse. Vermaelen with a strong tackle which gives Everton a throw on the left opposite the edge of the area.

  39. 54

    Stones dallying on the ball this time and Cazorla wins the ball before squaring to Flamini but his unbalanced shot goes wide of the mark.

  40. 53

    Chance for Giroud as Everton make a meal of clearing in the left-back position. The striker almost takes advantage but Howard comes out to make a sliding block.

  41. 52

    Everton get their foot on the ball and enjoy their first bit of possession since the break. Naismith latches onto a long ball from Distin there's a big penalty shout as Naismith goes down under pressure in the box. Nothing doing.

  42. 51

    Excellent challenge from Stones on Podolski down by the byline and the Everton man wins a goal kick in the process.

  43. 50

    Good building possession from the Gunners but this time it's Rosicky who gets his cross wrong, with the Everton defender able to shepherd it behind for a goal kick.

  44. 49

    Rosicky in good space and he starts a good Arsenal move but the Monreal cross from the left is again too strong.

  45. 48

    Rosicky looks to be lining up in behind Giroud at the start of the second half. Distin wins a header but Everton can't keep the ball at the moment.

  46. 47

    Arsenal fans in full voice and there's a bit more of a spring in the players' steps.

  47. 46

    Arsenal kick-off for the second half and look to build an attack on the right. Sagna thinks he's won a corner but a goal kick is awarded.

  48. Arsenal players sent out early after the break - no surprise there. No substitutes for the away side yet, though.

  49. Ramsey is warming up at the break. Arsenal certainly need something to spark a dramatic improvement.

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  51. Half-time at Goodison and the home side lead 2-0. In terms of desire, there's only one team in this, which is just remarkable. Arsene Wenger, yet to finish lower than fourth in the Premier League during his time as Arsenal boss, has a big half-time team talk on his hands as his players simply do not look up for the fight. Lukaku and Baines outstanding so far.

  52. 45+1

    Sagna breaks down the right but has no real support before Howard claims a cross from the left.

  53. 45

    There will be a minimum of two added minutes at the end of the first half, with Arsenal trying to unpick the lock. Everton very dangerous on the break.

  54. 44

    The second name into the book is Flamini, who fouls Naismith in the Everton half. That's 10 bookings for the season and a two-match ban,

  55. 43

    Rosicky's shot is blocked before Monreal's cross from the left is over hit. Everton yet to be seriously troubled.

  56. 42

    Better from Arsenal as they keep the ball well, but Distin has Giroud's measure on the edge of the area. Naismith breaks but Sagna does well to clear the danger.

  57. 41

    Arsenal make a mess of the corner, playing short to Arteta, whose attempted cross is nothing short of woeful. Goal kick.

  58. 40

    Podolski then brings a smart save from Howard, who tips a volley over the top for a corner.

  59. 39

    Podolski trying to create something on the left but it's all a bit predictable. A cross from the left is dealt with by Howard.

  60. 38

    Lukaku very much in the mood here, having another dig after cutting inside from the right.

  61. 37

    At last a strong challenge from Arsenal as Vermaelen goes in hard, but Everton win the ball back and look to exploit the space on the right.

  62. 36

    Some intricate passes on the edge of the Everton box ends with the home side breaking through Barkley and Naismith.

  63. 35

    Everton back holding their shape after extending their lead.

  64. 34

    GOAL! (Lukaku) Far, far too easy. Naismith feeds Mirallas, who slips a ball through to Lukaku. He simply runs at the Arsenal defence, cuts inside and shoots low past Szczesny for 2-0.

  65. 33

    That sums things up as Rosicky sends a simple short pass beyond its target and out for a throw.

  66. 32

    It's hard to be too positive about this Arsenal display so far and while they've not been ripped apart, it's all a bit easy for the home side, who look the better team.

  67. 31

    The corner works its way back to Mirallas and he has a rasping right-foot shot saved at the near post by Szczesny.

  68. 30

    More chances for Barkley as Sagna leaves a gaping space behind him but the Everton man's shot is blocked behind for a corner.

  69. 29

    Everton work a free kick out to Mirallas on the left but his cross is disappointing and drifts straight behind for a goal kick.

  70. 28

    Mertesacker clears up after Naismith gets the better of Sagna on the Everton left.

  71. 27

    A poor pass from Flamini which goes straight out of play is greeted with jeers and whistles

  72. 26

    Barkley does well to cut out an Arsenal attack before Everton win a throw on halfway.

  73. 25

    A bit of a lull in play and Arsenal just don't seem to be showing much urgency. Lukaku wins a foot-race against Vermaelen but catch quite latch onto the long ball at Szczesny comes out to clear.

  74. 23

    Good cross from Monreal drifts beyond everyone as Distin watches it go by, before Barkley has a weak attempt on goal at the other end.

  75. 22

    Lots of options for the man in possession for Everton and Arsenal and going to have to raise their game here.

  76. 21

    Chance for Giroud! Sagna whips a good cross in from the right but the big Frenchman can't quite get enough contact on the bouncing ball and his effort drifts just wide of the back post.

  77. 20

    Coleman picking up space in an advanced position before Baines delivers another great cross but it just about evades everyone. The subsequent cross from the right is flicked towards goal by Naismith but easily saved.

  78. 19

    Barry in a little too heavily on Rosicky but Everton are doing well to close down their opponents when they don't have possession.

  79. 18

    Everton corner from the left is sent over from Mirallas but far too long and Monreal can just watch it go behind for a goal kick.

  80. 17

    The game already looks that bit more open and Everton continue to come forward, with McCarthy and Barkley working well together.

  81. 16

    The noise levels increase another notch here after the opening goal. Arsenal look to hit back but Podolski's effort is deflected away out of harm's way.

  82. 14

    GOAL! (Naismith) Leighton Baines sends a great low ball over to Lukaku, whose shot is saved by Szczesny, but man of the moment Steven Naismith is on hand to fire the rebound home from just inside the box.

  83. 12

    Good movement from Everton as Baines is found by a lovely reverse ball from Mirallas, but the England man is narrowly offside.

  84. 11

    Good strike from Flamini but Howard comfortably parries it down before collecting at the second attempt.

  85. 10

    Osman isn't fit to return to the pitch so Ross Barkley is on in his place. Martinez said pre-match he wasn't quite ready for 90 minutes, but he could get 80 now.

  86. 9

    Monreal caught offside after Arsenal look dangerous.

  87. 8

    Leon Osman goes into a crunching tackle on Sagna and is the first man i in the book. He has also picked up a facial injury for his troubles and requires treatment.

  88. 7

    Good pressure from Everton and Naismith gets half a chance as he picks up a lovely position. He tries to square to Lukaku but the pass is misplaced.

  89. 6

    Another long-range effort from Podolski but this one is well wide of the target. Strong play from Lukaku but hold the ball up.

  90. 5

    A couple of boos for Arteta but not a great deal. He's enjoying plenty of the ball alongside Flamini in the Arsenal midfield.

  91. 4

    Good strong challenge from Sagna on Baines after a Mirallas flick.

  92. 3

    Arsenal keeping possession well before Lukas Podolski fires a low left-foot shot a few feet wide of the post.

  93. 2

    What a great effort from Leon Osman! A throw on the left for Everton is sent in to Osman, who takes one touch before unleashing a dipping volley that drifts just wide of the far post.

  94. 1

    The home side get us under way and there are some early touches for Tim Howard in the Everton goal. Monreal wins an aerial battle with Lukaku but the Blues soon have it back.

  95. A fantastic atmosphere ahead of this game which could determine which of these two sides get to play Champions League football next season. Don't forget, before kick-off Everton are four points behind with a game in hand.

  96. The players are in the tunnel at Goodison as we approach kick-off.

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  98. Sky Bet make Everton marginal favourites at 7/5 to take the three points, with Arsenal 19/10 and the draw available at 5/2.

  99. Find out what Jamie Redknapp reckons in this video preview.

  100. It will be very interesting to see how Arsenal start the game today, especially given their terrible opening efforts at Anfield and Stamford Bridge. Would a draw suit the Gunners here? It's hard to imagine an Arsenal side setting up with that kind of mentality and the way Everton play should ensure we don't get a tight, cagey game.

  101. Roberto Martinez before kick-off: 'Ross Barkley is not quite fit for the 90 minutes, we need fresh legs. We expect the same as the last few games, good energy levels throughout the pitch. They have been up there fighting for the title for most of the season - it's a significant game and for us to get close to Arsenal's points tally is a great achievement. But there's still 21 points to fight for. Both teams have similar principles so we need the ball, although today is mainly about how good we can be when we don't have the ball.'

  102. Arsene Wenger on Ramsey: 'He was injured in December and it's good to have him back. He's just back into full training so he's a bit short for today.'

  103. Aaron Ramsey is named on the Arsenal bench today, how they've missed him of late.

  104. I just wonder if some of the Premier League defenders have been guilty of taking they eye off the ball when it comes to Naismith and his clever interplay? He looks the perfect foil for Lukaku in this line-up, although it's a shame to see Barkley drop out, who one presumes is still suffering from his calf injury.

  105. Everton come into the game on the back of five straight top-flight wins, their best run of form since the 2002/03 season, while the Gunners' blistering start to the season has petered out, including a couple of frankly embarrassing defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Chelsea. They have won just two of their last six in the league but showed plenty of resolve during the 1-1 draw with Man City last time out.

  106. Just the one change for Arsenal, Nacho Monreal in for Kieran Gibbs at left-back.

  107. Two changes to the Everton team from their 3-1 win at Fulham, with Steven Naismith, who effectively changed the game when called upon at half-time at Craven Cottage, in for Ross Barkley, who is on the bench. Kevin Mirallas, who also scored at Fulham, starts instead of Gerard Deulofeu.

  108. TEAMS

  109. Everton: Howard, Baines, Distin, Stones, Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Barkley, Garbutt, Alcaraz.

  110. Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Viviano, Jenkinson, Bellerin, Kallstrom, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanogo.

  111. Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the potentially pivotal Super Sunday clash between Everton and Arsenal. As ever we welcome your thoughts and predictions ahead of the match so get those emails to and I'll post the pick of them before the action begins.

  112. Kick-off is at 1330 BST.



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