Morning all.

There are many reasons Everton appointed Sean Dyche I’m sure, but I strongly suspect his main task was/is, to avoid relegation. Dyche isn’t really renowned for his entertaining, attacking and dynamic footballing tactics but what he does well is to organise a defensive set up. I’m sure everyone interested in last nights fixture knew exactly what to expect from his team. They were going to be tough to break down.

Mikel Arteta stuck with the same starting eleven as the one which defeated Leicester City at the weekend. The message no doubt was simple, win!

Arsenal struggled to find any kind of rhythm in the first half with only Gabriel Martinelli having half a sniff at Pickford’s goal but just as it seemed we’d go into the break at 0-0, the home team came alive. Bukayo Saka rifled one high into the net and then Martinelli doubled our lead after taking advantage of some shoddy defending by Everton and some good work by Saka. A slight delay followed as the linesman had raised his flag but VAR confirmed the goal was good.

Into the second half and it was Leandro Trossard who had the first real chance to extend Arsenal’s lead but he got his volley all wrong. Then came a big moment in our own half as Dwight McNeil had a shot on target but Aaron Ramsdale dealt with it. Half way through the second half, Michael Oliver finally realised he had something in his pocket – a yellow card. The ghastly Ben Godfrey was the first to be booked having stamped on Trossard’s leg. Thankfully, our ‘Mr I can play anywhere’ got up and carried on. In fact it was he who set up Martin Odegaard for Arsenal’s third before Martinelli made it 4-0 before the end.

Mikel Arteta happy?

I’m really happy. It was a game that we had in hand against an opponent that we knew was going to make life really difficult for us and we expected that at Goodison. We started the game with some frustration and not really understanding what we had to do, allowing them to run in certain transitions, but after 25 minutes I think we start to get much better and the timing of the two goals was key. We needed a magic moment there and Alex and Bukayo produced that, and then I think the team grew, especially with Thomas because Jorginho wasn’t feeling good today. When he came on he really gave us some presence and stability to the team and I think the second half was superb.

Everton have truly morphed into Burnley. No surprise really when a few of the players were once playing for the latter when Dyche was their manager. His tricks tactics didn’t pay off and in all honesty, he’d have had no grounds for complaint had his team been beaten by a much higher scoreline.

Arsenal had to be patient, but once the first goal went in, the result was never really in doubt. Mikel Arteta’s team were simply too good.

Thomas Partey played the entire second half which is great news, whilst Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira all got minutes on the pitch too. In case you missed it, Gabriel Jesus is back in training too. Not full training as far as I can make out but he’s on the grass..

Next up, Bournemouth…