Arsenal missed out on fourth place despite producing one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 27th minute before Eddie Nketiah doubled their advantage in the 31st minute. Donny van de Beek pulled one back in stoppage time before Cedric Soares made it three in the 56th minute. Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard scored the fourth and fifth to seal the three points.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Soares (8), Holding (6), Gabriel (8), Tavares (6), Elneny (7), Xhaka (7), Saka (8), Odegaard (9), Martinelli (8), Nketiah (8).
Subs: Lacazette (6), Lokonga (6), Pepe (6).
Everton: Begovic (6), Kenny (6), Holgate (5), Keane (5), Branthwaite (5), Iwobi (5), Davies (5), Doucoure (5), Alli (5), Gray (5), Calvert-Lewin (7).
Subs: Van de Beek (7), Price (6), Gordon (6).
Man of the match: Martin Odegaard
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “We did what we had to do. We knew that it wasn’t in our hands. We needed a miracle and it didn’t occur. That’s it. The league table at the end of the season doesn’t lie. It’s true that last year with 67 points, Chelsea got into the Champions League. We have 69 we are out of it. But that’s the level and the demands this league has now. We tried to give the fans everything they deserve, everything they have done for us and helped us to come much further as a club and as a team.”
Everton boss Frank Lampard said: “We spent a lot of energy on Thursday. Richarlison, Allan and Andre Gomes were injured, while a few of the lads deserved a rest. Our big final was on Thursday and we won it. Today was just a step too far. It was a difficult game for the players and Arsenal was playing for something. I thought Tom Davies played well and Dominic Calvert-Lewin really showed his power.”
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