Arsenal 3 Everton 1
Bellerin 8, Alexis 27, Ramsey 90+1, Lukaku pen 51

Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the first time, but if that is to be under Arsene Wenger, we will still, have to wait and see. The Gunners duly obliged in their part of the bargain with a well fought 3-1 win over Everton. However, Liverpool’s win over relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City seeing off Watford at Vicarage Road, meant that this result would be academic in the grand Champions League scheme of things. Goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and a beauty of curler from Aaron Ramey in time added on was however all the more significant because Arsenal were forced to play the majority of the match with ten men when Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Enner Valencia. Despite their numerical advantage, the Toffees were only rewarded when Romelu Lukaku struck from the penalty spot to make the scoreline 2-1. The debatable award given when Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have handled the ball. Replays suggested otherwise. From that point, the visitors attempts to storm the Arsenal defence were held back, indeed but for some fine saves by Joel Robles from Danny Welbeck in particular, the Gunners could have easily seen an increased margin to their win.

With Shkodran Mustafi absent, Gabriel came in for a three man defence alongside Rob Holding and Koscielny. Assured and comfortable for the early exchanges, Arsenal’s defensive plans were blown out of the water after 14 minutes when Koscielny scythed down Valencia. There was no need for that tackle, a straight card was brandished and the Gunners’ would play the majority of this game with ten men. Koscielny will now miss the FA Cup final.

By that stage of the game, Wenger’s side has established the lead when Bellerin followed up to strike home Mesut Özil’s cross for his first goal of the season after eight minutes. Danny Welbeck will want to look away from his mis hitting in that move, but Bellerin was in the right place at the right time to give his side the lead.

The Bellerin and Alexis combination on the on right was creativity personified as was Özil who was class all afternoon, and also with his link up play with Alexis. So that’s the key to their well being then, play all the games in sunny warm conditions and that’ll be that. We can but dream.

With Koscielny’s afternoon abruptly ended, Holding and Gabriel had Bellerin or Monreal for company, depending on the side of Everton attack.

After 20 minutes, Lukaku hit wide from the left and Cech would also deny the powerful Belgian and Idrissa Gueye who almost caught he Arsenal ‘ keeper from long range.

Gabriel had already headed over from an Alexis corner, but Arsenal doubled their lead after 27 minutes. A move from deep and Alexis surged clear. The Toffees seemed powerless to stop the Chilean or Robles his shot. The loose ball fell to Welbeck who pulled it back for Alexis to strike past Robles to double the lead for ten man Arsenal.

Despite being a man light, the Gunners began to play some sweet stuff, and after 35 minutes, perhaps the move of the match saw Alexis feed Özil on the right. The German instinctively new Bellerin was further to his right and produced the deftest of flicks to feed Bellerin. Bravo Özil ! This is what we want.

The half ended with Cech the busier of the two keepers. He denied a Lukaku header, another Valenica effort and Lukaku again to save low down as the Toffees threatened to score before the break.

Three minutes after the break, Arsenal went close to getting a third. Özil’s follow up from Welbeck’s shot was again denied by Robles after another strong Alexis drive in the build up.

More injury woes for Wenger arrived however after 53 minutes when Gabriel and Valencia clashed going for the ball, with the former leaving the pitch on a stretcher with a left knee injury. On came Per Mertersacker.

Five minutes later and Lukaku’s penalty halved the deficit for the visitors. Monreal was adjudged to have handled, and Lukaku struck left footed to Cech’s right hand side. Still the Gunners continued to fire to the roars of an appreciative crowd.Ramsey played in Özil, but once again Robles denied his effort.

Everton hit back with Kevin Mirallas shooting over the bar and Lukaku heading wide after 83 minutes.

Substitute Alex Iwobi worked an opening, to add an Arsenal third, but again he was denied by Robles.

In time added on however, the Gunners finally got their deserved third goal. Özil and Welbeck dazzled their passes on the left. The German nipped past his marker to play in Ramsey, and the former Wales captain curled in a superb Arsenal third. There was just enough time to see Welbeck put in by Bellerin, but denied by Robles, but the move was initiated by Özil with an outrageous piece of ball control on the throw in line.

Once again, well done Özil, so can we have you play this way every week?