As part of our guest contributor slots we have an article from Mark Ellis who runs the a blog about Evertons Golden Era, which is a specialist blog dedicated to the mighty Everton. Have a read of his article below and make sure you give him a follow on twitter @MarkTheBlue
Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Gunners Taught A School Of Science Masterclass
Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Mark Ellis’ Goodison Park verdict as Everton produced a magnificent performance to crush sorry Arsenal
The dream is becoming a reality. Move over Arsenal; time for a change in the Champions League next season.
I must admit im finding it hard to write while floating. I’m almost speechless at the progress and excitement I feel about our prospects this season having just witnessed a deliciously ruthless Everton take apart one of our top 4 rivals.
Everton produced a magnificent performance just when they needed it to crush a sorry Arsenal by 3-0. A scoreline that flattered the Gunners as the Roberto Martinez revolution continued with a performance straight out of the School of Science text-book.
What a time to play like this Everton. Martinez has got the Blues firing right when we need it and like any good boxer, we simply waited for the right moment before turning on the style to ease past a lackluster Arsenal.
A side who looked like they wanted to be elsewhere today.
The class was there all game from us. Martinez’s team produced an awesome display of attacking intent, with the crowd getting right behind the team from the start. This game in all honesty looked won before we had scored the first goal; easy to say that now I know, but starting with such superiority it was a question of when, and not if, we would score.
The question was duly answered in the 14th Minute, as Steven Naismith with yet another outstanding display, this time in a false nine role, gleefully slotted the ball home from 12 yards after Lukaku’s shot had been saved by Szczesny. The big Belgian set-free following a fantastic probing 30 yard ball from Baines on the left.
The crowd went wild. This is how it always should be at Goodison. The atmosphere was special; passion poured from the stands and onto the pitch, leaving Arsenal’s players looking lost and in need of their mothers.
Everton kept the pressure on and Szczesny kept it at 1-0 with saves from Barkley and Mirallas. That was only temporary relief for Arsenal who fell behind to another fantastic Everton goal,made in Belgium.
Mirallas fed a surging Lukaku and the Belgian, oozing with confidence, glided past Monreal and Vermaelen to smash a left-footed finish into the bottom left hand corner for his 14th goal of the season. Sending Goodison into orbit.
The sight of Lukaku running over to hug Roberto Martinez was fantastic, a true show of unity at the club and proof that Lukaku is loving life at Everton. We simply have to keep Lukaku in the summer.
Arsenal threatened shortly before half time through Podolski but Tim Howard reacted well to the German’s deflected shot that was going in but for the American’s sharp reflexes.
The spine of the team; Howard, Stones, McCarthy and Lukaku is very strong. Add to that the explosive wing play of Coleman and Baines with the craft and guile of Barkley, Mirallas, McGeady and Deulofeu and its clear we have nothing to be fearful of as we embark on a critical chapter of our season.
The second half started with Arsenal once again, almost apologetically, threatening Everton’s goal. Nacho Monreal fired across goal but Everton remained in control and ended the game as a contest in the 61st minute.
Kevin Mirallas, who was enjoying a fine game, dispossessed Sagna and charged forward. Feeding Naismith who looked to take the ball round the on rushing Szczesny. The ball rebounded back off the goalkeeper who inexplicably palmed it back into the danger area and with Mirallas bearing down, he could only watch as the ball was bundled in beautifully off Mikel Arteta. Finally making a forward pass with his bearings all wrong.
The Gwladys Street erupted, Goodison was rocking and bouncing half way down county road.
Everton 3 Arsenal 0
At times it felt we were mocking Arsenal, such was our control. We had an arrogance about us and this was gloriously reflected by the outrageously talented Seamus Coleman making a fool out of Cazorla with a piece of skill that would not have looked out-of-place in the Camp Nou. If ever a moment summed up the transformation in these players under Martinez, this was it.
With the game over Arsenal had an Oxlade-Chamberlain thunderbolt come back off the bar and a correctly ruled out effort from Sanogo as the Gunners misery was complete. The game was done and dusted and an iconic victory was there for all Blues to savour.
This felt truly special today. As if we are witnessing the start of a memorable chapter in Everton’s history. This result and performance will give us enormous belief we can go on and qualify for the Champions League next season.
This is how I imagine the fans back in 1984 must have felt when Kevin Brock’s suicidal back pass let Adrian Heath in to equalise and begin a golden era in Everton’s history.
It’s not just the 3-0 scoreline. It’s the outright dominance we showed against a proven top four side that impressed me the most. We looked hungry, we looked ruthless and we have no reason to fear anyone in our remaining games. Nobody fancies playing us right now and I think we can win them all.
Momentum is everything in football and we have everybody firing just at the right moment. Huge credit must go to Roberto Martinez who has managed this team superbly in his first season. Words simply fail to do justice on the impact Martinez has had on the club and the fans this season. I thank the footballing gods he has landed on our doorstep.
So proud to be a blue, the years under Walker, Kendall mark II and III and Walter smith, were all worth going through for what we’re seeing now; the re-awakening of the greatest football club on earth.
A special mention for James McCarthy today. He was absolutely superb alongside Gareth Barry. Covering every inch of grass, McCarthy’s performance reminded me of Paul Bracewell He has been one of the buys of the season.
This is truly an exciting time to be a Blue. Ball, Labone and Dean would be so proud of us today. The School of Science is back and an iconic chapter in Everton’s history is upon us. The Golden era has arrived and qualification for Europe’s elite competition will be the tip of iceberg for us under Roberto Martinez.
With the history and heritage of Everton, we should be getting in the Champions League.”Roberto Martinez
If we continue to play with anything like the quality shown on Sunday, it will soon be time to check them flights to Madrid.