Gunners clean five in PL, big shocks as Spurs and Saints were knocked out of FA Cup by lower-division teams
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Title chasers Arsenal have moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Gabriel Martinelli’s brace secured a 4-0 win over relegation-threatened Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
The hosts were initially frustrated by their problems with the visitors, but goals from Bukayo Saka and Martinelli just before half-time gave them the lead as they made the most of their game against second-placed Manchester City.
Captain Martin Ödegaard made it 3-0 with a close-range finish in the 71st minute before Martinelli grabbed his second of the evening to end the loss.
A third straight win since losing at home to City in February took Arsenal to 60 points from 25 games, five ahead of rivals Manchester.
Everton, who have won just once in their last 27 league games with Arsenal, had started brilliantly and seemed able to take something from the game.
But when they fell behind, a 14th loss of the season became almost a formality.
They remain third from the bottom with 21 points after playing one more game than the teams around them.
At Anfield, second-half goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Reds, who drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace at the weekend after beating Real Madrid 5-2 in the Champions League, had to work hard on a rainy night as they moved up to sixth in the table.
They are now six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Manchester United fought back from a 1-0 deficit in the FA Cup to defeat West Ham 3-1 and reach the quarter-finals, while EPL sides Tottenham and Southampton both lost to lower-tier opponents.
Three days after winning the League Cup, United trailed Said Benrahma by the 54th minute at Old Trafford, but an own goal from West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd and late goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Fred sent the hosts into the last eight.
They will host top-flight Fulham in the next round.
League Two Grimsby shocked the evening and continued their FA Cup dream run when two penalties from Gavan Holohan knocked out Southampton on their own ground.
Grimsby, 16th in the fourth tier, made it into the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 84 years, where they meet Premier League high-flyers Brighton.
Tottenham lost 1-0 at league side Sheffield United, Iliman Ndiaye scoring for second-placed eleven minutes from time to stun the visitors.
The reward for Sheffield United is an all-championship draw in the round of 16 against Blackburn.
League leaders Burnley defeated Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the other clash to earn a visit to Manchester City in the last eight.
FA Cup quarter-final draw:
Manchester City vs Burnley
Manchester United vs Fulham
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Grimsby Town
Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers
Ties will be played between March 17th and 19th.
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