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Emirates Stadium | 8th March 2014 12:45 | Attendance - 59719

Arsenal v Everton

Everton's FA Cup dreams were shattered at the quarter-final stage for the second consecutive season.

The 4-1 scoreline may well have flattered Arsenal but the Blues rarely troubled the home goalkeeper on an afternoon to well and truly forget.

Arsenal took the lead in the seventh minute through Mesut Ozil. James McCarthy stumbled near the half-way line, Santi Cazorla ran through and when he fed Ozil inside the box the German tucked home a neat finish.

There was more danger for the Blues shortly after when Yaya Sanogo's fierce drive was turned away by Joel Robles. The Spanish keeper then saved again to deny Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Everton's first real foray into home territory came in the 10th minute when Kevin Mirallas pulled the ball across the face of the goal but Steven Pienaar was unable to get a good enough touch on it.

Lukaku battles for the ballLukaku battles for the ball

The Gunners carried a threat each time they pushed forward and a Kieran Gibbs effort from twelve yards was blocked by John Stones.

Mid-way through the first half a cross from the right by Bacary Sagna almost deceived Robles - the stopper was back-pedalling when he palmed the ball onto the crossbar.

The first period corner count was heavily in Arsenal's favour but Everton drew level in the 32nd minute. Ross Barkley ran powerfully down the right and crossed the ball to the back post where Mirallas teed up Romelu Lukaku who couldn't miss.

The lead was almost restored in an instant but Robles made a fine save from a well-struck Oxlade-Chamberlain shot.

Then at the other end, Mirallas hit an effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski as an absorbing contest ebbed and flowed.

Everton had a half-chance to take the lead just before the break when Lukaku charged forward only to run out of space as he shaped to shoot.

Lukaku scoresThe Belgian taps home for Everton's goal

The first attempt of the second half came from Santi Cazorla in the 53rd minute but his volley was high and well wide of the Blues goal.

At the other end Ross Barkley squandered a golden opportunity when Lukaku squared the ball to him twelve yards from goal. The young midfielder's shot cleared the crossbar.

It was a decent match and Robles was called upon again to make an excellent diving save to keep out another shot from Cazorla.

Arsenal regained the lead in the 66th minute from a twice-taken penalty awarded when Gareth Barry tripped the busy Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arteta put away the spot-kick but referee Mark Clattenberg asked him to re-take it when substitute Olivier Giroud appeared to encroach into the area. There was to be no redemption for Everton though as Arteta duly dispatched the second kick into the top corner of the net.

Everton pressed for a leveller and Barkley wasn't far away with a curling shot that whipped past the post with Fabianski at full stretch.

With fifteen minutes to go Roberto Martinez introduced Leon Osman and Aiden McGeady for Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas.

But the Gunners wrapped up victory when Giroud poked the ball past Robles from close range and then same player did it again before the end to complete a comprehensive win for Arsene Wenger's men.



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