Arsenal 4 Everton 0: Martinelli double sees Gunners hammer Toffees to continue title push and leave Dyche’s men in peril

IT was Bukayo Saka who created a slice of history by inspiring Arsenal to a unique century. 

And it was a bungling Everton defence who threatened to trash the longest-running fixture in  English football. 

Martinelli scored a brace to take Arsenal to victoryRichard Pelham / The Sun

Saka notched a quick-fire goal and assist to exact revenge on Sean Dyche’s Everton – as Arsenal became the first English club to register 100 league wins over the same opposition.

It helps that Arsenal versus Everton has been played for 68 consecutive top-flight seasons – but there may not be a 69th because the Toffees are a shambles. 

Dyche had started a serious Arsenal wobble when his side notched a shock-and-awe win over Mikel Arteta’s men on his maiden outing as Goodison boss just three and a half weeks ago. 

But their chances of a sustained revival look bleak because, despite their vast spending under Farhad Moshiri, the Premier League’s worst-run club don’t have any goalscorers and they can’t defend for toffee.  

Defeat on Merseyside on February 4 had sparked a run of just one point from a possible nine as Arsenal briefly lost the leadership to Manchester City.

More to follow…