FA Cup - Sixth Round
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Arsenal 4-1 Everton

Arsenal stayed on course to end a trophy drought stretching back to 2005 as they secured a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with victory over Everton at Emirates Stadium.

In a quarter-final that was closer than the emphatic final scoreline suggests, Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal an early lead but Romelu Lukaku tapped in from almost on the goalline to equalise for Everton before half-time.

Arsenal finally exerted their superiority through Mikel Arteta's twice-taken penalty after 67 minutes following Gareth Barry's injudicious challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitute Olivier Giroud then struck twice in the last 10 minutes to give the hosts a winning margin that was harsh on Everton, who were in the game for so long - but there can be no question Arsenal deserved to win.

It was a vital win, too, as the FA Cup emerges as the Gunners' best hope of claiming their first silverware since winning this tournament in 2005.

The manner of the victory also provides the perfect platform for the arduous Champions League task awaiting them on Tuesday as they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their last-16 tie against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

For Everton manager Roberto Martinez, there is to be no place in history as the first manager to retain the FA Cup at different clubs and he must now concentrate on claiming a place in Europe via the Premier League.

Martinez maintained his FA Cup policy of playing second-choice goalkeeper Joel Robles - who won this trophy with him at Wigan last season - ahead of the established Tim Howard.

And the young Spaniard had a desperately uncertain first half, mixing good stops from Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Vermaelen and Oxlade-Chamberlain with a stubborn - not to mention very hazardous -determination to punch everything, including one anxious moment when he turned Bacary Sagna's cross on to the bar.

But Robles was blameless as Arsenal took the lead after only seven minutes. James McCarthy was unlucky to slip in pursuit of Santi Cazorla, whose pass was steered home from the angle in composed fashion by Ozil.

Arsene Wenger's men had gained control of the game but the strong running of Ross Barkley was emerging as the biggest danger to them - a threat realised when Everton drew level as half-time approached.

The England youngster surged deep into home territory and when Kevin Mirallas turned his cross into the six-yard area Lukaku was left with the simplest of touches into an empty net.

The Belgium international had been on the margins of the action but his sheer physical presence forced Vermaelen into a slip that almost saw Everton take the lead just after the break.

The Toffees' giant striker left his countryman grounded before setting up Barkley, who should have hit the target from 12 yards.

Robles was certainly a mixed bag and he produced a fine save from Cazorla, diving low to his left to turn his shot around the post.

Arsenal were back in front when Barry somewhat needlessly upended Oxlade-Chamberlain in the area. Arteta beat Robles from the spot with his first attempt, only for referee Mark Clattenburg to order a retake as Giroud had encroached. But there was no reprieve for Everton as Arteta kept his cool to beat Robles expertly again.

Barkley was again the threat for Everton with 15 minutes left when he swept an effort inches wide of the far post with Lukasz Fabianski beaten.

Arsenal gave the scoreline a comprehensive look as Giroud struck twice in the closing minutes, almost stooping to his knees to turn in Sagna's cross after 83 minutes then adding his second two minutes later after being played in by Ozil.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I felt the key moment of the game was going to the second goal and we had made it a real uncomfortable game for Arsenal.

"We had a great chance and, in nine out of 10 situations like that, Ross Barkley will hit the target.

"I can see why the referee gave the penalty, although I don't agree with the decision completely, because there is contact but the ball is challenged by both of the players.

"After that, we gambled a bit and the final scoreline does not reflect what happened in the game."

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 21Fabianski
  • 3Sagna
  • 28GibbsSubstituted forJenkinsonat 88'minutes
  • 8Arteta
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 5Vermaelen
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 78'minutes
  • 20FlaminiBooked at 24mins
  • 22SanogoSubstituted forGiroudat 61'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 11Özil
  • 19Cazorla

Substitutes

  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 12Giroud
  • 13Viviano
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 31Miyaichi
  • 44Gnabry

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 23Coleman
  • 3Baines
  • 18Barry
  • 26Stones
  • 15Distin
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forMcGeadyat 76'minutes
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 69mins
  • 17Lukaku
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forDeulofeuat 84'minutes
  • 22PienaarSubstituted forOsmanat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hibbert
  • 7McGeady
  • 10Deulofeu
  • 14Naismith
  • 21Osman
  • 24Howard
  • 36Browning
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
59,719

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 4, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Everton 1.
Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Carl Jenkinson is caught offside.
Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Carl Jenkinson replaces Kieran Gibbs.
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 4, Everton 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Ross Barkley.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 3, Everton 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).
Offside, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Kevin Mirallas.
Delay in match Steven Pienaar (Everton) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Barry.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.
Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

Booking

James McCarthy (Everton) is shown the yellow card.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Everton 1. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Gareth Barry (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.
Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Yaya Sanogo.
Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Robles.
Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.
Attempt blocked. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.
Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
Hand ball by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leighton Baines.
Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).
Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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