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Arsenal 3-1 Everton

  • Goals from Bellerin, Sanchez and Ramsey ensured victory for Arsenal.
  • The Gunners fought well after going down to 10 men, Laurent Koscielny was dismissed for a horror challenge on Enner Valencia.
  • Everton halved the deficit in the second half through Lukaku and had several chances to score.
  • Despite the win Arsenal will have to contend with Champions League football next season, after Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield.
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16:57

Full-time: Arsenal 3-1 Everton

A spirited display from Wenger's men, especially after they were reduced to 10 men early on, but the victory was not enough for them to sneak back into the Champions League positions.

The Gunners took the lead through Hector Bellerin and doubled it through Alexis Sanchez, but in between the two strikes was the dismissal of Koscielny, who will now miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Everton halved the deficit through Romelu Lukaku and threatened to haul the Gunners back, but Aaron Ramsey's delightful late effort ensured victory for Arsenal, who will have to make do with the Europa League next season.

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16:53

Barkley shoots from outside the box again but just misses Cech's left post. Everton have had their chances, but cannot really complain about the result.

16:50

A wonderful curled effort from Ramsey to seal the three points. All smiles from the Welshman, but Europa League still beckons no matter what.

16:49

GOAL! Arsenal 3-1 Everton (Ramsey)

16:49

Barkley picks his head up and fires a shot wide of Cech's post.

We're into stoppage time at The Emirates Stadium now. Five minutes left to be played.

16:47

Lukaku almost threads through a glorious ball for Barkley but Cech comes and claims well.

At the other end, Iwobi dances past a creaking Everton defence but cannot find a way past Robles, who has made a number of superb saves.

16:45

Welbeck misses another chances to put the game beyond doubt from close range.

Everton force another corner through Baines, but nothing comes of it.

16:43

Final change for Everton as Arouna Kone replaces Enner Valencia.

Everton still pressing for an equaliser, but Arsenal are holding on.

16:37

Everton really coming on strong now. Barry forces a corner that's taken by Mirallas, but Jagielka can only guide the ball onto the roof of the net.

16:35

Mirallas almost restores parity to the scoreline with a rasping effort that flies inches over the bar. Good work from the Belgian to evade Bellerin, but his short just could not find the target.

16:33

Another booking!

This time for Baines, who trips Ramsey cynically. The verve and tempo has been sapped from this second half, but Robles had to be on hand to deny Ozil from restoring Arsenal's two-goal lead.

16:27

Valencia has the ball in the net but is adjudged to have fouled Holding as he rose to head the ball past Cech.

Wenger sees fit to introduce Iwobi in place of Sanchez. The Chilean did not seem too enamoured with the decision.

16:24

Schneiderlin boots Ozil. Oliver resists another red. The Frenchman is riled up today.

16:22

Arsenal make a change as Coquelin replaces Xhaka.

Oliver is card happy today, and he needs to be. Holding goes into the book for cynically shoving Valencia, who has certainly been in the wars today.

From the free-kick Barkley whips in a lovely ball that nobody can connect with, and the danger is eventually cleared.

16:19

An angered Schneiderlin receives a yellow card for clattering into Xhaka.

16:17

Lukaku makes no mistake from the spot. That's his 25th league goal of the season, and only his first penalty. Game on!

16:16

GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Everton (Lukaku)

16:16

Monreal stupidly handles a cross in the area and gives away a needless spot-kick.

16:16

PENALTY TO EVERTON!

16:15

Williams tripped Welbeck and looked set to be sent off by Michael Oliver, but a word from Schneiderlin seemed to persuade the referee from getting his card out his pocket. Interesting turn of events.

16:14

Claims for an Everton penalty waved away by Michael Oliver. Valencia took a tumble after a challenge from Mertesacker, and looked bemused as to why he was not awarded a spot-kick.

16:11

Gabriel's race is run. He is replaced by Per Mertesacker, who is making his first appearance of the season.

16:09

Arsenal come close to making it three but Robles does well to deny Welbeck and Ozil from ending the contest.

Play is now stopped with Gabriel and Valencia needing treatment. It doesn't look good for the Brazilian.

Reminder that the FA Cup final is one week away and the Gunners will already be without Koscielny for it due to his earlier red card.

Oh, and Liverpool have made it 2-0 against Middlesbrough. It never rains but it pours.

16:06

Everton look bright in the second half but Lukaku is simply getting everything wrong today.