Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal thrashed Everton 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
The Gunners were frustrated by Everton for the first 40 minutes but Bukayo Saka’s brilliantly-taken opener caused the floodgates to open as Mikel Arteta’s side capitalised on their game in hand in ruthless style.
Martinelli netted his first goal of the night with a cool finish after Saka had tackled Idrissa Gueye (45+1), the goal reinstated by VAR after the Brazilian was initially flagged offside.
Martin Odegaard then extended their advantage from close range following a slick attack (71), with Martinelli adding his second and Arsenal’s fourth (80) to cap a one-sided second half.
The victory made it three wins on the bounce for Arsenal, providing another statement about their title credentials, while Everton remain mired in relegation trouble in 18th place.