Everton 1-6 Arsenal | Match Report

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Arsenal got their season off to a flyer with an emphatic victory over a bewildered Everton side still on their summer holidays.

Wenger’s young guns produced a scintillating display to record their biggest away win in 10 years and proved that his current crop are no pushovers.

Arsenal quickly found their passing game early on and were in front on 26 minutes, some lovely swift passing from Bendtner, then Fabregas found Denilson lurking on the edge of the box to hit a superb curling effort into the top corner.

Everton responded meaningfully and were denied a goal when Denilson cleared a Felliani header off the line.

Arsenal’s slick passing game though was still troubling Everton and on 36 minutes new signing Thomas Vermalean, making his debut, stole round the back of the Toffee’s defence to head in number two from a Van Persie free kick.

Then just minutes later it was three, another set piece and this time Gallas totally unmarked to glance home, maybe it wasn’t just the out of sorts Lescott who had his mind on other things, the rest of his defence seemed to be dreaming of life elsewhere too.

The gunners were buzzing and the half time whistle couldn’t have come soon enough for Moyes and Everton.

Whatever Moyes was to say at half-time, it didn’t make a blind bit of difference because two minutes after the restart it was four; another flowing Arsenal move with Denilson playing a ball wide left to Van Persie who found a surging Cesc Fabregas to steam in and convert through the legs of Tim Howard.

Game over! Well even the die hard Arsenal fan wouldn’t like to say that as the past can prove, but there would be not a flicker of a fight back from Everton and on 69 minutes the excellent Fabregas put the game well and truly to bed, he collected a throw from Almunia in his own half and was left to run unchallenged to the edge of the box hitting a rasping drive into the bottom corner.

Everton were fading fast as was their support. With the away fans in full voice, there was still time for a sixth on 88 when substitute Eduardo tapped in after the lively Arshavin hit a post.

Finally the home fans had something to cheer on an otherwise miserable day, Louis Saha netting a mere consolation in stoppage time.

It may only be the first game but Arsenal will feel that they signified a statement of intent, that they are here to mount a serious title challenge and perhaps turned a few heads of the doubting critics.

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