Sunday, 6th April, 2014

Everton forward Steven Naismith has pointed to his side keeping Arsenal's full defence extremely busy as a big reason behind their comprehensive 3-0 win over the Gunners at Goodison Park.

Naismith drilled home Everton's first goal in the 14th minute before Romelu Lukaku collected the ball, surged forward and powered a shot into the bottom corner in the 34th minute to double the Toffees' lead.

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Roberto Martinez's men continued their dominance after the break and were rewarded with a third goal, which came in the form of an own goal from Mikel Arteta just after the hour mark, following a scramble led by Kevin Mirallas.

Everton are now just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League, but also hold a game in hand, meaning overtaking the Gunners is entirely possible.


And Naismith revealed their plan to disrupt Arsenal's game, with keeping the Gunners' full defence busy key.

He told Sky Sports: "We played very well and didn't let them settle on the ball and keep possession.

"We knew it would be a battle for possession, it started from the back and Gareth Barry and James McCarthy were excellent in midfield.

"We worked all week on trying to occupy their full defence. Rom [Lukaku] and Kev [Mirallas] led by example doing that.

"For Kev's goal it worked perfectly."

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