By Saikat Mandal

22nd May, 2022 | 4:51pm

BBC journalist: Arsenal fans directed chants towards Alex Iwobi during Everton clash

Everton fell behind after Gabriel Martinelli scored from the spot to give Arsenal the lead in the first half.

Eddie Nketiah scored for the Gunners to give a 2-0 lead shortly afterwards.

Frank Lampard made a change to bring Donny van de Beek, and the Dutchman scored to make it 2-1. He sidefoots Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s low ball into the empty net from six yards out.

The ball struck the arms of Alex Iwobi, and after a thorough VAR check, referee Andre Marriner pointed towards the penalty.

Martinelli kept his composure and scored from the spot, with Asmir Begovic moving in the wrong direction.

BBC Sport journalist, Alistair Magowan, has shared on BBC Sports website that when Martinelli stepped up to take the penalty, the Gunners fans chanted – “Alex Iwobi, he is one of our own.”

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Shocking from the Toffees

It was a shocking performance from the Toffees in the first half, typical of what they’ve been doing all season.

The difference is, the Toffees can now relax having already secured their Premier League safety.

Frank Lampard made as many as six changes to the starting line-up from the last game, clearly indicates that he wants to make the best use of his squad rotation.

From the first whistle, it was the Gunners who looked dangerous and created some great chances.

Iwobi was unlucky that the ball hit his arm, and after a thorough VAR check, the penalty was given. Iwobi joined the Toffees from Arsenal, and it seems the fans have enjoyed it.

Just before the opening goal, Demarai Gray got a brilliant opportunity to give the Toffees a lead, but he only managed to hit straight at the goalkeeper when he should have dinked it.

Eddie Nketiah has added another goal for the Gunners to wrap up a shocking first half for the visitors.

There’s hardly any positive movement from the visitors, and Lampard needs to tweak his plans.

However, Van de Beek’s goal may shift the momentum in the Toffees’ favour after the break.

In other Everton news, a football finance expert has made a claim on the new Toffees stadium amid a major £300m development in the recent weeks.

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