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Football: Everton close on Arsenal in Champions League chase

Published on Apr 6, 2014 11:33 PM
Everton's Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring against Arsenal during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England on April 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Everton bolstered their hopes of Champions League football next season by moving to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal after they beat the Gunners 3-0 in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal by Everton old boy Mikel Arteta saw the Toffees, who have a game in hand over Arsenal, record a convincing victory.

"It was a very good performance," Everton manager Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports.

"The most pleasing aspect had to be the manner in which we defended, our concentration and discipline off the ball," added Martinez, who took over at Goodison ahead of this season after former manager David Moyes left to join Manchester United.

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