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A. Ramsey
M. Özil
3 - 1
R. Lukaku
Penalty Goal
2 - 1
A. Sánchez
D. Welbeck
2 - 0
L. Koscielny
Red Card
Héctor Bellerín
D. Welbeck
1 - 0

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Everton end their campaign with a whimper and Ronald Koeman has a lot of decisions to make over the summer over the future of his key players. Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley could be on the move and it's vital that they are sufficiently replaced should they leave. There's plenty to build on though for the Dutchman following a successful first term.
Goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey secured the win, with Romelu Lukaku netting a consolation goal for the visitors from the spot. It's a good end to the season for the Gunners, who will now be looking to take momentum into their clash with Chelsea next week in the FA Cup fina.
Arsene Wenger's played well despite being reduced to 10 men in the 15th minute when Laurent Koscielny was dismissed. The Frenchman will now miss the FA Cup final next week, while Gabriel Paulista also suffered a serious injury.
Arsenal did their job this afternoon, but in the end it's not enough to secure Champions League football as wins for Manchester City and Liverpool elsewhere see them settle for fifth place and the Europa League.
The referee ends the contest.
WIDE! Barkley looks to end the season with a goal as he strikes from the edge of the box, but his effort just trickles past the post.
SAVE! Welbeck is played through on goal and only has Robles to beat, but the keeper spreads himself well enough to deny the forward.
M. Özil
Ozil slides the ball to Ramsey on the edge of the box and the Welshman does the rest.
A. Ramsey
GOALLLLLL!!!!!! RAMSEY SCORES A STUNNER! Arsenal will win the contest as Ramsey scores their third with an absolute stunner from the edge of the box. Ozil picks him out on the edge of the box and he is afforded space to turn and shoot, finding the top corner with his strike. Robles has been good today, but he could not do anything about that.
There will be five minutes of added time.
Barkley goes for goal from distance and although he gets a good strike on the ball - his effort sails just over the bar.
SAVE! Iwobi weaves his way through the Everton defence and has only Robles to beat, but he fires the ball tamely at the Everton keeper's legs. A shocking miss.
CHANCE! Arsenal break down the right and Bellerin tees up Iwobi in the box. He takes the ball on his chest and goes for the volley, but Jagielka and Williams make the decisive block. Bellerin sends the ball back across goal for the follow-up, but his cross just evades Welbeck.
A. Koné
E. Valencia
Kone replaces Valencia for the final throes.
CHANCE! Lukaku latches on to a ball over the top from Barry and again he goes with a first-time header, only to put his effort well wide of the target.
Iwobi surges through the midfield and almost breaks in on goal before a well-timed challenge from Schneiderlin stopsm his progress.
Arsenal are just putting men behind the ball now as Everton are controling proceedings at the moment.
Valencia collects in space down the right and he has support in Lukaku on the edge. The forward goes himself and fires at goal, only to get his effort all wrong, receiving a stern glance from the Belgian in the process.
OVER! Mirallas sends the ball in from the right flank and Jagielka rises highest in the area, but he guides his header narrowly over the bar.
Everton are beginning to up the ante on the Arsenal defence. Barkley sees two shots from the edge of the area blocked before the Gunners concede a corner down the right flank.
CHANCE! Mirallas collects a short pass from Baines and he goes for goal from the edge of the box, but he just fires over the bar.
SAVE! Ramsey sends a precise pass through the Everton line to find Ozil's run down the left. The German shoots at goal first time with his left foot in the inside channel, but Robles makes a fine save to deny him.
L. Baines
Yellow Card
Baines goes into the book for a foul on Ozil.
Baines sends a cross towards the near post for Lukaku and the Belgian almost turns in the box before Mertesacker just does enough to steer the ball away from him,
The tempo of the game has dropped slightly over the last few minutes. Arsenal have been playing with 10 men for 55 minutes and that might just be playing a role in the slow pace of the contest.
A. Iwobi
A. Sánchez
Sanchez is withdrawn for Iwobi with Wenger eyeing the cup final next week.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Valencia latches on to Holgate's cross from the right and heads the ball into the net, but he fouled Mertesacker in the build-up to the goal, resulting in the referee chalking it off.
Barkley and Baines combine down the left and the left-back goes down under the challenge of Bellerin, but the referee deems that it was a fair one from the Spaniard.
Schneiderlin avoids a second booking for a challenge on Sanchez. From the resulting free-kick Ozil lifts the ball into the box, but Mertesacker just cannot make contact as the cross just evades his head.
R. Holding
Yellow Card
Holding is booked as he loses possession then brings down Valencia. Poor from the defender as he almost allowed the Everton forward to break away there.
F. Coquelin
G. Xhaka
Coquelin replaces Xhaka for the home side.
Chants emerge from the home fans for Stan Kroenke to leave the club. The mood is beginning to turn sour due to developments on the pitch and elsewhere.
M. Schneiderlin
Yellow Card
Schneiderlin goes into the book for a late challenge on Xhaka.
Barkley turns inside the box, but he finds his path to blocked by a number of red and white shirts.
R. Lukaku
Penalty Goal
GOALLL!!!! LUKAKU FINDS THE NET! The Belgian keeps his nerve and buries a fine strike beyond the reach of Cech into the bottom corner. It needed to be well struck as the Arsenal keeper dove well to his right, but the effort was true from the Belgian for his 25th league goal of the term.
PENALTY TO EVERTON! Monreal handles in the box and the visitors are awarded a spot-kick.
UPDATE! Liverpool are three up now through Lallana. Arsenal's Champions League hopes are over.
Williams avoids a second booking and the home fans are not happy about the decision.
Welbeck surges through the Everton defence before he goes down under a slight nudge from Williams. Decison time here for referee Oliver with the Welshman having already been booked.
P. Mertesacker
Gabriel Paulista
Mertesacker comes on for his first appearance of the season.
Gabriel Paulista
Yellow Card
Gabriel was booked for his challenge on Valencia.
Gabriel is stretchered from the field and his availability for the FA Cup final looks to be over. Another hammer blow for Wenger at the back.
UPDATE! Worse news for Arsenal as Liverpool have double their lead against Middlesbrough through Coutinho. The Champions League race is all but spent.
Concern for the Gunners as Gabriel stretches for the ball in a challenge with Valencia. He appears to get his knee stuck in the turf on the stretch and it results in worrying scenes for the defender. He may have to come off here.
SAVES! Sanchez threads the needle to release Welbeck in the box. The striker fires at goal, but Robles spreads himself to make the stop. Ozil latches on the rebound and tries to pick his spot, only to be denied by Robles once again.
Barry arcs a long ball over the top for Lukaku's run and the Belgian meets it first time with a header, but Cech makes a comfortable save.
G. Barry
I. Gueye
Gueye makes way for Barry at the break.
We're back underway at the Emirates Stadium. Only 45 minute remain of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
The players are back out for the second half. So we should be underway again shortly.
Everton have been very wasteful in front of goal, with Ronald Koeman visibly frustrated on the sideline. The Dutchman faces an important teamtalk at the break if his side are going to avoid ending their term with a whimper.
It's all for nothing for Arsene Wenger's men currently as Liverpool lead Middlesbrough, while Manchester City are well ahead at the break against Watford. The Gunners need an equaliser from Boro in the second half to send them into the Champions League next term.
A weird first half of football comes to an end with Arsenal holding a 2-0 lead over Everton, despite being reduced to 10 men. Hector Bellerin opened the scoring in the early stages, but the Gunners were dealt a blow when Laurent Koscielny was given a straight red card for a loose challenge on Enner Valencia. However, lapse defending from the visitors allowed Alexis Sanchez to double the home side's lead with a simple strike.
The referee ends the first half.
UPDATE! Liverpool have taken the lead against Boro with Wijnaldum opening the scoring at Anfield.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Barkley sends the ball out for a goal-kick from the corner, allowing the Gunners to clear their lines.
WIDE! Lukaku is allowed space inside the box as he pulls of Holding. He winds up with his left foot, only to scuff his effort, but the Arsenal defender turns the ball wide of the post anyway.
UPDATE! Manchester City are four up against Watford. The hope of surpassing City in third place has sailed.
SAVE! Lukaku latches on to Holgate's cross from the right flank and lofts a header towards the top corner, but once again Cech is there to backpeddle and turn the ball over the bar.
SAVE! Gueye goes for a strike from distance and he connects beautifully with his effort, which seems destined for the top corner before Cech manages to claw the ball behind for a corner. A fine save from the Arsenal keeper.
P. Jagielka
Yellow Card
Jagielka goes into the book for a foul on Sanchez.
SCRAMBLE! Mirallas drives the ball at goal from the right inside channel, but Cech makes the save. Barkley keeps the attack alive, only to scuff his effort at goal. Valencia then has a go from the edge and his strike almost trickles towards Lukaku, but the Arsenal keeper gathers at the feet of the Belgian.
Bellerin probes down the right flank and sends a teasing cross to the back post where Welbeck waits. However, Holgate is there to head the ball behind for a corner.
Gabriel has to win his challenge with Mirallas to stop the Belgian racing away down the flank. Unlike Koscielny he times his tackle to perfection and clears the ball away.
Holgate swings a dangerous cross into the box from the right flank, but Cech is alert to the danger and comes off his line to gather ahead of the Belgian.
CLOSE! Sanchez hammers the ball towards goal from the free-kick and it almost catches Robles out at his near post. The keeper makes the stop, but palms the ball out into the box. It strikes Welbeck on the leg and bounces safely out of play for a goal-kick.
Welbeck does well down the left flank and he draws the foul from Holgate to win the Gunners a free-kick in a threatening position.
BLOCK! Barkley threatens in the final third and tries to go himself to carve out room for a strike, but his effort is blocked by Holding.
D. Welbeck
Welbeck notches his second assist with a simple pass back to Sanchez to score.
A. Sánchez
GOALLLL!!!! SANCHEZ FINDS THE NET! A bizarre goal for the Gunners as they double their lead. Sanchez strikes the ball from the edge of the box, but it hits Welbeck. The Everton defence stop expecting either a handball or an offside decision against the forward, but he and the Chilean play on. He passes back to an unmarked Sanchez to fire the ball into the bottom corner.
R. Barkley
T. Davies
Barkley replaces Davies for the visitors in an attacking substitute.
Valencia latches on to a ball over the top of the Arsenal defence and he has Lukaku in support in the box, but he fires his low cross straight at Cech.
OVER! From the resulting corner Arsenal take a short one and Sanchez curls his delivery to the back post for Gabriel. The defender rises well, but can only send his headed effort over the bar.
BLOCK! Sanchez takes the free-kick and he hammers his effort towards goal, but the wall does its job and the ball spins out for a corner.
Sanchez goes down on the edge of the box as he gets clipped just when he fires at goal by Gueye. Replays show that the Everton man got nothing but the ball in that challenge. Not a good sign that the referee has been influenced by the home crowd.
Lukaku collects a ball down the left flank and he beats the challenge of Holding to fire a low ball across the face of goal. However, Davies fails to gamble on the cross and the opening is spurned for the visitors.
A. Williams
Yellow Card
Williams goes into the book for a foul on Sanchez. The Welshman will have to be very careful now.
OFFSIDE! Ramsey loses possession in the middle of the park and Mirallas tees up Lukaku on the edge. The Belgian powers an effort at goal, but he blazes his strike over the bar. Lukaku will be relieved to see the offside flag go up anyway.
That's huge for the Gunners in the context of the Champions League race. Wenger's men now have to play the final 75 minutes with 10 men.
L. Koscielny
Red Card
OFF! Koscielny is off as he lunges in on Valencia and the referee does not hesitate to dismiss the Arsenal skipper. The Everton man was raiding away down the right flank and the defender slid in hard and missed the ball. He wiped Valencia completely out and deserved to receive the red card.
UPDATE: Romelu Lukaku's hopes of catching Kane at the top of the goalscoring charts are already taking a hit. The England striker has scored twice already today against Hull.
Sanchez gets the better of Schneiderlin in the middle of the park and advances to the edge of the box, but before he can shoot enough blue shirts get back to crowd him out.
Everton are well and truly under pressure at the back with the Gunners rampant down the flanks in the early stages.
D. Welbeck
Welbeck misses an absolute sitter in front of goal as he attempts to convert Ozil's cross, but his mis-kick falls to Bellerin who scores.
Héctor Bellerín
GOALLLL!!!! BELLERIN SCORES! Arsenal take the lead and it's deserved due to their start to the contest. Ozil raids down the flank and forces the ball across the face of goal. Welbeck should score, but he somehow misses his kick. Fortunately for the forward and the Gunners the rebound falls to Bellerin, who slots the ball into the bottom corner.
The Gunners probe on the edge of the box, but Sanchez cannot escape the attention of Schneiderlin and the Toffees are able to clear the danger.
UPDATE: Manchester City have taken the lead against Watford through Vincent Kompany.
Ozil sends Bellerin down the right flank, but on this occasion the Spaniard's delivery lets him down as the ball travels out for a goal-kick.
WIDE! Arsenal probe down the right flank and Sanchez sends a fine pass through to Bellerin, who smashes a low ball across the face of goal. Welbeck latches on to the cross, but he can only steer his effort wide of the post.
We're underway at the Emirates Stadium.
The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
STAT ATTACK! Everton beat the Gunners earlier this season and Koeman's side are aiming to do the double over Arsenal for the first time since the 1985/86 campaign.
STAT ATTACK! Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home matches against Everton, winning 16 of the contests.
Everton have made one change from their win over Watford, with Barkley being dropped to the bench and Enner Valencia replacing him in the side. Given the speculation over Barkley's future - the decision from Ronald Koeman may be political.
Arsenal have made three changes from their win over Sunderland during the week. Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck come into the fold this afternoon, with Kieran Gibbs and Shkodran Mustafi dropping out of their squad, while Olivier Giroud starts from the bench.
Everton subs: Barkley, Kone, Barry, Besic, Pennington, Hewelt, J Williams.
EVERTON (4-3-3): Robles; Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies; Mirallas, Lukaku, Valencia.
Arsenal subs: Mertesacker, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Coquelin, Elneny.
ARSENAL (3-4-3): Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Gabriel; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal; Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Everton have been inconsistent of late, but did bounce back from successive defeats by beating Watford last week thanks to a strike from Ross Barkley. His future is far from certain and he could be aiming to leave his hometown club on a high note.
The first order of business for Arsenal is to beat Everton, although that will be far from an easy task. The Toffees have been impressive this term and Romelu Lukaku will be determined to get himself back on top in the race for the golden boot after Harry Kane's exploits on Thursday.
The race can also get a bit weird and wonderful and result in a play-off between Arsenal and Liverpool/City. If the Reds lose to Boro at home 2-0 and Arsenal play out a 1-1 draw with Everton this afternoon - or if City lose 4-0 to Watford and the Gunners beat the Toffees 1-0. However, unlikely those are the options still available.
Should Liverpool fail to beat Middlesbrough at Anfield that will open up the path for the Gunners to sneak ahead of Jurgen Klopp's side into the top four. Another avenue could open if Manchester City lose to Watford at Vicarage Road, although it will also require a swing of five goals to benefit the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger's men have been in excellent form of late, winning their last four matches on the spin. They've beaten Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland on their surge, but need to overcome Everton to have any chance of securing a top-four place for the 20th year on the spin.
Arsenal have put the pressure well and truly on Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the top four. The Gunners know a fifth win on the bounce is necessary to dislodge the Reds or Pep Guardiola's men.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the final day Premier League clash between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium.