Arsenal stayed on course to end a trophy drought stretching back to 2005 as they secured a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with victory over Everton at Emirates Stadium.

In a quarter-final that was closer than the emphatic final scoreline suggests, Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal an early lead but Romelu Lukaku tapped in from almost on the goalline to equalise for Everton before half-time.

Productive Ozil

As well as scoring one goal and providing an assist for another, Mesut Ozil created five chances in the win - three more than any other Arsenal or Everton player.

Arsenal finally exerted their superiority through Mikel Arteta's twice-taken penalty after 67 minutes following Gareth Barry's injudicious challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitute Olivier Giroud then struck twice in the last 10 minutes to give the hosts a winning margin that was harsh on Everton, who were in the game for so long - but there can be no question Arsenal deserved to win.

It was a vital win, too, as the FA Cup emerges as the Gunners' best hope of claiming their first silverware since winning this tournament in 2005.

The manner of the victory also provides the perfect platform for the arduous Champions League task awaiting them on Tuesday as they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their last-16 tie against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

For Everton manager Roberto Martinez, there is to be no place in history as the first manager to retain the FA Cup at different clubs and he must now concentrate on claiming a place in Europe via the Premier League.

Analysis

"Arsenal's season will be lifted that little bit extra now.

"Will manager Arsene Wenger now look at the FA Cup games and say these are the most important - to try to finally win a trophy?

"I suspect that after this result that is what he will be thinking."

Martinez maintained his FA Cup policy of playing second-choice goalkeeper Joel Robles - who won this trophy with him at Wigan last season - ahead of the established Tim Howard.

And the young Spaniard had a desperately uncertain first half, mixing good stops from Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Vermaelen and Oxlade-Chamberlain with a stubborn - not to mention very hazardous -determination to punch everything, including one anxious moment when he turned Bacary Sagna's cross on to the bar.

But Robles was blameless as Arsenal took the lead after only seven minutes. James McCarthy was unlucky to slip in pursuit of Santi Cazorla, whose pass was steered home from the angle in composed fashion by Ozil.

Arsene Wenger's men had gained control of the game but the strong running of Ross Barkley was emerging as the biggest danger to them - a threat realised when Everton drew level as half-time approached.

The England youngster surged deep into home territory and when Kevin Mirallas turned his cross into the six-yard area Lukaku was left with the simplest of touches into an empty net.

The Belgium international had been on the margins of the action but his sheer physical presence forced Vermaelen into a slip that almost saw Everton take the lead just after the break.

No reward for Toffees at Gunners

Everton have won none of their past 20 away games against Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L16).

The Toffees' giant striker left his countryman grounded before setting up Barkley, who should have hit the target from 12 yards.

Robles was certainly a mixed bag and he produced a fine save from Cazorla, diving low to his left to turn his shot around the post.

Arsenal were back in front when Barry somewhat needlessly upended Oxlade-Chamberlain in the area. Arteta beat Robles from the spot with his first attempt, only for referee Mark Clattenburg to order a retake as Giroud had encroached. But there was no reprieve for Everton as Arteta kept his cool to beat Robles expertly again.

Barkley was again the threat for Everton with 15 minutes left when he swept an effort inches wide of the far post with Lukasz Fabianski beaten.

Arsenal gave the scoreline a comprehensive look as Giroud struck twice in the closing minutes, almost stooping to his knees to turn in Sagna's cross after 83 minutes then adding his second two minutes later after being played in by Ozil.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I felt the key moment of the game was going to the second goal and we had made it a real uncomfortable game for Arsenal.

"We had a great chance and, in nine out of 10 situations like that, Ross Barkley will hit the target.

"I can see why the referee gave the penalty, although I don't agree with the decision completely, because there is contact but the ball is challenged by both of the players.

"After that, we gambled a bit and the final scoreline does not reflect what happened in the game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 03 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs (Jenkinson - 88' )
  • 08 Arteta
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Rosicky - 78' )
  • 20 Flamini Booked
  • 22 Sanogo (Giroud - 61' Booked )
  • 11 Özil
  • 19 Cazorla

Substitutes

  • 07 Rosicky
  • 09 Podolski
  • 12 Giroud
  • 13 Viviano
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 31 Miyaichi
  • 44 Gnabry

Everton

  • 01 Robles
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry
  • 26 Stones
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (McGeady - 76' )
  • 16 McCarthy Booked
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 20 Barkley (Deulofeu - 84' )
  • 22 Pienaar (Osman - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hibbert
  • 07 McGeady
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 14 Naismith
  • 21 Osman
  • 24 Howard
  • 36 Browning
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 59,719

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

9 3

Corners

13 2

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 4, Everton 1.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Everton 1.

90:00 +2:29

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Carl Jenkinson is caught offside.

90:00 +1:41

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:41

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

90:00 +0:23

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

89:00

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

87:42

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

87:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Carl Jenkinson replaces Kieran Gibbs.

86:53

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

85:50

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

85:50

Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 4, Everton 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil following a fast break.

83:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Ross Barkley.

82:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 3, Everton 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

80:59

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:59

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).

79:44

Offside, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

77:53

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

77:53

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

75:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar because of an injury.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Kevin Mirallas.

75:12

Delay in match Steven Pienaar (Everton) because of an injury.

74:11

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

73:40

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

72:22

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

72:22

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:38

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:38

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

68:50 Booking

Booking James McCarthy (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

68:47

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:47

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

67:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Everton 1. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

67:06 Booking

Booking Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

65:54

Penalty Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain draws a foul in the penalty area.

65:54

Penalty conceded by Gareth Barry (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.

65:15

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:15

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

63:44

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

62:10

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

60:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Yaya Sanogo.

59:19

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:59

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

58:59

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:48

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:48

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

56:29

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Robles.

56:25

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

55:39

Attempt blocked. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

53:23

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

52:30

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

51:54

Hand ball by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

51:19

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

50:28

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:28

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

48:41

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

46:12

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

46:12

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Everton 1.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Everton 1.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

45:00 +0:45

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:09

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

43:46

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:46

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

43:25

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

41:47

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James McCarthy.

40:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

40:22

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

36:18

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:18

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

35:07

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

35:07

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:18

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

33:26

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Robles.

33:23

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

31:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Everton 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas following a fast break.

31:42

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross following a fast break.

31:32

Attempt blocked. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

29:41

Offside, Everton. Joel Robles tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

26:50

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

25:29

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:29

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

24:09

Attempt blocked. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

23:43 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

23:35

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Robles.

22:25

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

20:07

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James McCarthy.

20:01

Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

16:47

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

13:45

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

13:45

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by John Stones.

10:37

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

9:54

Attempt missed. Steven Pienaar (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

9:02

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

8:07

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Robles.

8:04

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

7:33

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

7:33

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Everton 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

5:26

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Distin (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

4:48

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:48

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

1:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:28

Delay in match Gareth Barry (Everton) because of an injury.

0:37

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:37

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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