Mikel Arteta’s 68th-minute penalty proved the winner as Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 at Emirates Stadium to progress into the semifinal round of the FA Cup.
Olivier Giroud also bagged a brace after coming on for Yaya Sanogo in the 61st minute, and while the scoreline perhaps flattered the Gunners there was no denying the quality of their final two goals.
Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Arsenal Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Fabianski: No chance on the Lukaku goal following Mirallas’ miss-hit.
Sagna: Played in a handful of useful crosses from the right.
Mertesacker: Distribution has been poor, and his lungs are getting a work-out as he handles the Everton counter-attacks.
Vermaelen: A rare start for the club captain.
Gibbs: Has so far done rather well opposite Coleman.
Arteta: Completed 94% of his passes in the first half.
Flamini: Dispossessed by Barkley in the buildup to the Toffees’ equaliser.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: “The Ox” has so far lived up to his nickname with a bullish display.
Ozil: Hadn’t scored in three months before opening the scoring.
Cazorla: Slid a delightful pass to Ozil for the first goal of the match.
Sanogo: Looks lost at times.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Fabianski: Made a pair of saves—one in each half.
Sagna: Delivered an inch-perfect ball into the goalmouth for Giroud’s first goal.
Mertesacker: Was much improved after the restart.
Vermaelen: Nearly gifted Everton a goal after botching an attempted clearance.
Gibbs: Another solid, if unspectacular, display from Arsenal’s first-choice left-back.
Arteta: Had to retake his penalty after Giroud was deemed to have infringed.
Flamini: Ended the day with a pass-completion rate of 91 per cent.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Took four shots and made five tackles in a superb, all-around performance.
Ozil: Lasted the full 90 minutes in what seems like forever.
Cazorla: His final-third distribution was exceptional
Sanogo: Replaced by Giroud after doing next to nothing for just over an hour.
Giroud: Bagged an eye-catching brace in less than two minutes.
Rosicky: Combined nicely with Sagna in the buildup to Giroud’s first.
Jenkinson: Replaced Gibbs with just two minutes to play.
|Everton Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Everton
Joel: Has looked very shaky on set-pieces.
Coleman: Got all mixed up with Stones in the buildup to the Ozil goal.
Stones: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Distin: Didn’t know too much about it, but made an important block on a Cazorla volley.
Baines: Would have preferred more than his 27 touches during the first half, but Everton are countering mostly down the middle.
McCarthy: Slipped to ground ahead of the Ozil opener.
Barry: Took an early knock and has been generally unimpressive.
Mirallas: His miss-hit on Barkley’s cross allowed Lukaku to equalise.
Barkley: Ran three-quarters the length of the field to set up Everton’s goal.
Pienaar: Not many touches, and his passing has been a bit off.
Lukaku: Had the easiest of tap-ins for the equaliser.
Full-Time analysis for Everton
Joel: No chance on the Arteta penalty.
Coleman: Was pegged back into a mostly defensive role, as demonstrated by his four tackles.
Stones: Won all of his aerial battles, although his positioning was frequently off.
Distin: No doubt missing his usual centre-back partner, Jagielka.
Baines: Had fewer touches than Coleman and struggled to make an imprint offensively.
McCarthy: Contributed four tackles in a decent display.
Barry: Committed the foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain that sent Arteta to the spot.
Mirallas: Was curiously withdrawn in favour of McGeady with 14 minutes remaining.
Barkley: Completed 90 per cent of his passes.
Pienaar: Had looked a lot better to start the second half before limping off with a knock.
Lukaku: He will have expected to take more than the two shots he managed.
McGeady: Accomplished next to nothing.
Osman: Touched the ball just 13 times in a brief cameo.
Deulofeu: Played only four minutes plus stoppages after replacing Barkley.