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Arsenal are through to the FA cup semifinals after a 4-1 thumping of Everton who seem to always have a bad time against Arsenal at Emirates. After today’s loss, Everton have failed to register a win in 20 games against Arsenal at Emirates.
Ozil made it 1-0 early on before Lukaku levelled things up for Everton before the break. The impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain then won a penalty which was converted by Arteta at the second time of asking before Giroud came off the bench to grab a late brace.


Arsenal ratings:
Fabianski 7/10
Did nothing wrong in goal and commanded his box well.
Gibbs 6.5/10
Always eager to get forward but it backfired when Barkley was able to surge into his area of the pitch and set up the equaliser. Could’ve done better.
Mertesacker 7/10
Won his duals against Lukaku all day long and commanded the backline well as usual. Great performance.
Vermaelen 7/10
Slotted straight back into the side and didn’t let us down. He did get away with one mistake in the second half, but otherwise was very impressive and showed he can be relied upon when needed.
Sagna 7/10
The Frenchman got forward a lot, especially in the first half, but his delivery wasn’t always on point. However, he provided an excellent assist for Olivier Giroud’s first goal to make it 3-1.
Flamini 6/10
Reckless tackle earned him an early booking which limited his impact as he had to tread a fine line for much of the game. .
Arteta 7/10

Was played further up the pitch at times which exposed Flamini, particularly as he was on a yellow card plus his passing was quality today.
Oxlade-Chamberlain 7.5/10 :The youngster put in an encouraging all-round display. While he was sloppy in possession at times, he made up for it by showing the determination to chase back and put a tackle in. Also went close to scoring a couple of times and a good piece of skill won the vital spot kick.

Cazorla 8/10
Set the tone with a lovely assist for the opener and went on to have a fine game. Linked up well with Ozil and was always keen to get things moving.
Ozil 9/10
Superb. Proved to critics wrong with a MOTM display that showed why he’s world class. Not only did he open the scoring with a cool finish and set up Giroud with a great pass but also had his best game in Arsenal shirt.
Sanogo 5.5/10
I don’t want to be too harsh on the young lad but he was disappointing today. His ball retention was very poor and he offered little up front.

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