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Goodison Park (ATT 39,443) 29th December 2007 - Kick off 17:15 Ref: M Atkinson

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Gunners on fire at Goodison

Arsene Wenger's side will be league leaders entering 2008

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 29/12/07 9:07pm

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Adebayor: Celebrates Arsenal's third

Adebayor: Celebrates Arsenal's third

Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League after an impressive 4-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

Yakubu was a threat throughout the opening period, but it was Tim Cahill who gave the Toffees the lead on 19 minutes to keep his impressive goal-scoring run going.

Arteta delivered a corner from the left which squirted through to the back post where Nicklas Bendtner could only knock the ball up in the air and Cahill was on hand to stab the ball into the net.

It took just two minutes of the second half for Arsenal to pull level though, Eduardo profiting from a long ball which Phil Jagielka failed to cut out.

The Croatian grabbed a second on 58 minutes, this time a beautiful Bergkamp-esque touch taking him away from Jagielka before coolly slotting past Tim Howard.

Bendtner then saw red after picking up a second yellow card after a horrendous tackle on substitute Andrew Johnson.

With 11 minutes left though Emmanuel Adebayor made the game safe, when Joseph Yobo and Howard left the ball for each other allowing the Arsenal striker to slot into an empty net.

Tempers then flared up again when Mikel Arteta was dismissed for catching Cesc Fabregas with a flailing arm.

With ten aside there was still time for Arsenal to grab a fourth, Tomas Rosicky benefiting from good work by Adebayor and Abou Diaby before firing into the bottom corner.

No surprise

It was no surprise when Everton took the lead on 19 minutes. Arteta swung a corner into the box Arsenal failed the deal with it.

Tim Cahill, with his flying boot, and Yakubu with his head, both hurled themselves at the ball and it looked as if the Nigerian got the final touch, but TV reruns showed that Cahill's studs got the last connection.

Yakubu pulled an 18-yard shot wide after a neat Steven Pienaar flick, and Phil Neville fired just over after Yakubu, Cahill and Tony Hibbert had created the chance on the edge of the box.

Arsenal needed to get themselves back into the game quickly, and they did just that a minute after the break with the sort of approach that Wenger often criticises.

Gael Clichy launched a 60-yard long ball from deep in his half and it flew straight to Eduardo racing into the box.

For a second it looked as if he had controlled the ball with his arm, but the connection was with the shoulder and he was able to turn and calmly strike the ball past Howard.

Yakubu headed wide from a great position after Joleon Lescott's right-wing cross, but on 57 minutes Eduardo scored again.

Another long ball, again a fleeting suggestion of a hand involved, but the Brazilian coolly beat Phil Jagielka, who slipped trying to turn. The Brazilian eased his shot just inside the post and Arsenal were ahead.

Bendtner, already booked, went through on Johnson's ankle on 74 minutes and received a second yellow from referee Martin Atkinson, although it could easily have been a straight red.

But four minutes later Arsenal got their third, another huge punt down field and this time a calamity between Joseph Yobo and Howard.

Manuel Almunia launched his goal-kick, it bounced once inside Everton's half with Yobo waiting for Howard to deal with it as it approached the area.

Adebayor stuck out a long leg and kicked the ball at Howard, the rebound dropping for the substitute to run into an empty net.

Any plan for a last-ditch bombardment was over now, and on 84 minutes Everton also found themselves down to 10 ten men.

Arteta's arm caught Fabregas in the face and the Spaniard hurled himself to the ground, Atkinson showing Arteta a straight red card.

Fabregas was soon to be replaced by Rosicky. And it was the Czech who fired home the fourth in injury time from the edge of the box.

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EvertonTeam StatisticsArsenal 
1Goals4 
11st Half Goals0 
3Shots on Target4 
8Shots off Target2 
1Blocked Shots4 
10Corners2 
14Fouls17 
2Offsides0 
0Yellow Cards4 
1Red Cards1 
67.7Passing Success70.9 
23Tackles18 
95.7Tackles Success72.2 
50.3Possession49.7 
54.2Territorial Advantage45.8 
    
    
    
    

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1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 18 42
3 Manchester United 18 35
4 Southampton 18 32
5 West Ham United 18 31
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Liverpool 18 25
10 Newcastle United 18 23
11 Stoke City 18 22
12 Everton 18 21
13 Aston Villa 18 20
14 Sunderland 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 17
17 Hull City 18 16
18 Crystal Palace 18 15
19 Burnley 18 15
20 Leicester City 18 10

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