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It's not often we see Arsenal lose to Everton, but in Sunday's pivotal match with both sides looking for the Champions League, it was Roberto Martinez's side who prevailed.

So, with that in mind, Ollie Gentle has taken the liberty of bringing to you the player ratings of both teams. See if you agree.

Everton:

Tim Howard - Alert as ever, and did exactly what was asked of him, and made a spectacular finger-top save to push Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot onto the bar. Wasn't particularly troubled otherwise. 7

Seamus Coleman - Was up and down the right-flank as much as ever, and was pivotal in helping Stones deal with Podolski. 8

John Stones - Overplayed at times due to his lack of experience, but a bright performance from the youngster, who looks a real talent for the future, one to watch for definite. 7

Sylvain Distin - Experience was key as Distin saw off Olivier Giroud who was pretty quiet. A whole-hearted performance from the 36-year-old who still hasn't lost his touch. 8

Leighton Baines - Like Coleman he made the left-flank his, and worked extremely well with Kevin Mirallas. Instrumental in both attack and defence. 7

James McCarthy - A quiet day for McCarthy who did well in protecting the Everton defence. His tough tackles broke down the Arsenal attacks extremely well. 7

Gareth Barry - Like McCarthy he too did well. The duo did well in stopping the flow of Rosicky and Cazorla, whilst making some clever passes up-field. 7

Steven Naismith - Fully deserved his place in the squad and got Everton's first goal with a clever strike. Made some clever runs, and partnered very well with Lukaku. 8

Ross Barkley - Was brought on early on for Osman, and played well. Made some clever runs from deep, and his quick feet regularly outdone his opponent. 7

Kevin Mirallas - Was quiet for a lot of the game before suddenly sparking into life in the second half. Grabbed what should have been a goal, although it went down as an own goal by Arteta. Showed good link-up play with Leighton Baines. 7

Romelu Lukaku - His big frame along with attacking prowess wore Vermaelen and Mertesacker to the bone, grabbed an assist and a goal to help his side closer to a Champions League spot. 8

Arsenal:

Wojciech Szczesny - He perhaps wasn't to blame for Everton's goals, but could have done better on the first and the third. A relaxed performance, which really should have been better.

Bacary Sagna - A poor performance from Sagna, who was over-run by both Baines and Mirallas. Caught out of possession too many times. 6

Per Mertesacker - Didn't look himself, and wasn't really in the game throughout the whole game. The Everton attacks got past him regularly. 5

Thomas Vermaelen - Not Mertesacker's regular partner, and looked just as incapable. Made a couple of key tackles to limit the damage. 4

Nacho Monreal - A poor performance from him also, and remained clueless on his positioning along with his tackling. The Everton players got past him too many times. 3

Mikel Arteta - Scored an own goal, and provided little rest-bite for the Arsenal defence. Made a number of errors and embarrassed himself against his old club. 4

Mathieu Flamini - Like Arteta Flamini had little impact on the game, although probably was Arsenal's brightest player. Was replaced though when third goal went in. 6

Tomáš Rosicky - Like Cazorla he too was quiet, and fizzled out regularly. He barely broke down Everton's play, and his passing wasn't that good either. 5

Santi Cazorla - A peripheral figure, and was more of an onlooker than anything. The odd nice touch wasn't really enough to break down the Everton back-line. 6

Lukas Podolski - Tested Tim Howard a few times, and looked like he could have scored. But ultimately, him on his own wasn't going to be enough to win Arsenal the match. 5

Olivier Giroud - A subdued performance from Arsenal's star, who barely had a shot let alone a goal. Giroud spent too much time arguing with officials rather than focusing on the game. 3

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