Everton made it six wins in a row with a dominant display against top four rivals Arsenal and the eventual resounding 3-0 scoreline possibly even flattered the Gunners.

The win leaves Everton just a point off Arsenal in fourth with a game in hand and their devastating run of form has made them favourites to seal Champions League qualification for next season for the first time since 2005.

In a game the Toffees controlled from start to finish, Scottish international Steven Naismith put them in front after 14 minutes.

The vibrant atmosphere around Goodison Park saw Roberto Martinez’s side move from strength to strength and they doubled their lead 20 minutes later when makeshift right winger Romelu Lukaku raced at a petrified Nacho Monreal before cutting inside and slamming his shot past Wojciech Szczesny.

The score became 3-0 on the hour mark when the ball broke loose in the Arsenal penalty area and was reached first by former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta who could only poke it into the gaping Gwladys Street net.

It was the fourth game in a row in which Martinez’s side had scored three and the tremendous victory means no slip-ups in their final six fixtures will seal them leapfrog Arsenal into the Champions League places in the Spaniard’s first season in charge.

Meanwhile the Gunners have only won one in their last six and this crushing defeat means they must win their remaining games if they are to have any chance of achieving a top four finish for the 18th consecutive season.

6th April 2014 – Premier League

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