Arsenal ends the Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite their thrashing of the Toffees, Arsenal will have to settle for a spot in the Europa League, as Tottenham’s victory over Norwich City allowed them to finish in the top four ahead of their North London rivals.
Mikel Arteta can still be pleased with his team’s effort, as Gabriel Martinelli scored a penalty and Eddie Nketiah added a second.
The lone blemish on the day occurred when Donny van de Beek equalised for the visitors just before halftime.
On the other hand, Arsenal reacted with a strong second-half performance, with goals from Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Martin Odegaard securing the three points.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Taveres; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
EVERTON (3-4-3): Asmir Begovic; Jarrad Branthwaite, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate; Jonjoe Kenny, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies, Alex Iwobi; Dele Alli, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MARTINELLI CONVERTS!!!! 1-0 ARSENAL!!!! The Brazilian fired Arsenal in front from the spot as he cooly slots his effort away. Martinelli goes for the bottom-left corner and sends Begovic the wrong way.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! NKETIAH NOTCHESARSENAL’SS SECOND!!!! 2-0!!!!!! The forward is on the spot in the six-yard box to glance home a header from Odegaard’s corner. Martinelli rises at the near post to flick on the set-piece, and Nketiah responds by stooping to find the bottom-left corner with a deft touch.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! VAN DE BEEK GETS ONE BACK!!! 2-1!!! The visitors are back in the game on the stroke of half-time as Van de Beek taps home. Calvert-Lewin starts the move by displaying great desire in the final third to win back possession before combining with Iwobi to break into the inside-right channel. He delivers a low ball across the face of the goal that Van de Beek steers into the net.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! CEDRIC BLASTS HOME FROM THE CORNER!!!! 3-1 ARSENAL!!! The Gunners regain their two-goal advantage as Cedric finds the net with a superb strike. Saka catches the Everton defence out for a low ball into the box for the Portuguese from the corner. Cedric shoots the first time and whips his shot through a crowd and above Begovic before he can react.
4-1!!! The home side surely put the game beyond doubt as Gabriel blasts his effort through Begovic. Cedric turns on the edge of the box following the corner, and shoots towards the goal. The ball falls perfectly for Gabriel to collect and turn before his strike strikes off the leg of the Everton keeper and trickles over the line.
5-1 ARSENAL!!!! The Norwegian collects an offload from Pepe before picking his spot with a precise left-footed strike. Pepe offloads to Odegaard on the edge of the box before he turns past Price with ease. He opens up space for a shot and beats Begovic with an effort into the bottom-left corner.
So, what’s next?
Both teams head into the summer now with work to do. Arsenal has to prepare for the additional challenges of the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Everton will be bidding to strengthen their squad to prevent another battle against relegation. The action all starts again in August.