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Premier League Sunday including Everton v Arsenal and West Ham v Liverpool - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's two Premier League fixtures including Everton v Arsenal and West Ham v Liverpool.

Mersey Paradise: Everton and Liverpool both win again as their stunning form continues. 

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's two Premier League fixtures, bringing you up-to-the-minute news from Everton versus Arsenal and West Ham versus Liverpool below.

Have your say on any of the afternoon's talking points or the race for fourth (or indeed the race for first), by tweeting @sammydymond or emailing
  • Sunday's results

    • Everton 3 (Naismith 14', Lukaku 34', Arteta OG 61') Arsenal 0 FT
    • Toffees record thumping home win to move one point behind Gunners in the battle for fourth spot
    • West Ham 1 (Demel 45') Liverpool 2 (Gerrard 44', 71') FT
    • Two Gerrard penalties settle controversial encounter and take Reds top of the league
    4/6/2014 11:49:26 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's two crucial Premier League fixtures - brought to you by the numbers one and four.

    For the second consecutive Sunday, the top-flight of English football offers a Merseyside versus London double header - and this time the stakes are raised that little bit higher with a Champions League place and a championship title on the line.

    The momentum is certainly with Merseyside, and Everton go in to their lunchtime kick-off with Arsenal on the back of four straight wins, four points behind the Gunners and with their eyes on finishing in the fourth spot currently held by the North London club that guarantees a place in Europe's elite competition: if Roberto Martinez's Toffees win all of their remaining games they will do just that.

    However, standing in their way at one thirty are Arsene Wenger's men, who have started to show a certain resolve not often associated with the club, and, perhaps more importantly, have a wonderful record at Goodison Park.

    And then there's Liverpool. The Reds weren't given many column inches in the pre-season previews of this year's prospective title race, but another win today would not only be a ninth in a row, it would also take them back to the top of the league with just five weeks of the season remaining. The Anfield faithful have started to dream of winning the Premier League for the first time since its creation: if Brendan Rodger's Reds win all of their remaining games they will do just that.

    However, standing in their way at four o'clock are a most resolute and awkward West Ham United team, speared by two Liverpool cast-offs in Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll who have a point to prove to the club that let them go.

    It's going to be some afternoon.

    Stay with us throughout the day for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores, and if you want to have your say on any of the afternoon's talking points or the race for fourth (or indeed the race for first), then tweet @sammydymond or email
    4/6/2014 11:40:34 AM
  • The battle for fourth kicks-off at Goodison Park at 1:30pm.

    Will this ground be hosting Champions League football in the 2014/15 season? 

    4/6/2014 11:42:24 AM
  • The teams are in at Goodison Park and here's how Everton and Arsenal will line-up this lunchtime. Roberto Martinez makes two changes to the side that won at Fulham with goalscoring substitutes Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas coming in for Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, makes a single switch after Arsenal drew at home with Manchester City as Nacho Monreal replaces Kieran Gibbs, but the most notable team news is the return of Aaron Ramsey after 14 weeks out injured. The Welsh midfielder is on the Gunners bench.

    Everton: Howard, Baines, Distin, Stones, Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku

    Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Barkley, Garbutt, Alcaraz

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Viviano, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Bellerin

    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    4/6/2014 11:42:27 AM
  • The theme tune to Z Cars blares around Goodison Park as Everton and Arsenal take to the field and, much like the music of the 1960's television drama, the home side will be hoping for a performance and result to conjure memories of a bygone era when the Toffees were a fixture at the top of the English game. Kick-off is only a matter of minutes away.
    4/6/2014 12:29:19 PM
  • Everton 0 Arsenal 0: The rain is pelting down inside Goodison Park, but it can't dampen an intense atmosphere created by the home support. They very nearly have something sensational to celebrate inside two minutes as Leon Osman chests down Leighton Baines' throw-in and unleashes a dipping volley from 20 yards that just swerves away from Wojciech Szczesny's far post.

    Moments later, Lukas Podolski has a go from a similar angle and distance at the other end, but doesn't bring about as many vowel sounds from those watching either inside the ground or on televisions at home.
    4/6/2014 12:36:28 PM
  • Everton 0 Arsenal 0: The high-tempo start continues with both sides pressing at pace when they have possession, and as Arsenal break away on the counter, Leon Osman dives in on Bacary Sagna and sends the Frenchman into the air. Unfortunately for Osman, what goes up must come down, and the Gunners full-back does just that on top of the Everton midfielder's head. Osman is in some discomfort and Martin Atkinson adds insult to injury by flashing a yellow card in his direction as he leaves the field for treatment.

    Indeed, it's clear that Everton's matchday captain is unable to continue, and will be replaced by Ross Barkley.
    4/6/2014 12:40:36 PM
  • GOAL! Everton 1 Arsenal 0: First blood to Everton! And it's a goal that all began with a mistake from young John Stones at the back, but his underhit backpass towards Tim Howard was quickly dealt with by the American goalkeeper, and his sweeping clearance turned into a wonderful ball out to Leighton Baines on the left flank. The full-back brought the ball forward and played a lovely low searching pass towards Romelu Lukaku, who managed to turn his marker and get a shot away just inside the box, and, although Wojciech Szczesny managed to save with his feet, Steven Naismith was in the right place to turn the rebound into the bottom corner. 1-0 to the Toffees!

    Steven Naismith reacts first to give Everton the lead.

    4/6/2014 12:44:34 PM
  • Everton 1 Arsenal 0: Naismith goes close to doubling his and Everton's tally, reacting quickly to flick James McCarthy's low drive with the back of his heel, but it sits invitingly up and into the welcoming arms of Szczesny's arms.

    Moments later, Arsenal go close with a clever flick of their own at the other end, but Olivier Giroud's delicate touch to Sagna's right-wing cross flashes wide of the far post. The opening goal hasn't slowed down what has been a breathless opening 20 minutes.
    4/6/2014 12:54:14 PM
  • Everton 1 Arsenal 0: The first lull in play is broken by two quickfire Wojciech Szczesny saves to deny Everton a second goal. First of all, the Polish number one uses his feet to keep out Ross Barkley's low drive after Sagna had completely lost the marauding substitute, and then he had to get down to his right to to hold on to Kevin Mirallas' shot.
    4/6/2014 1:04:16 PM
  • GOAL! Everton 2 Arsenal 0: But now Everton have doubled their lead! Yet again the home side poured forward with pace and intent, and when Kevin Mirallas turned the ball out to Romelu Lukaku on the right, Arsenal were in trouble. There was still much to do, but Lukaku did it brilliantly, cutting inside both Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vertmaelen before firing a thumping left-footed drive into the far corner. It's a goal scored on Merseyside, but made in Belgium!

    Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal by putting Roberto Martinez in an unescapable headlock.

    4/6/2014 1:04:27 PM
  • Everton 2 Arsenal 0: Brilliant reactions from Tim Howard preserve Everton's two-goal cushion! It appeared as though the danger to the hosts' goal had gone when John Stones cleared a teasing left-wing cross, but the ball fell for Podolski on the edge of the box. The German international hit his effort into the ground, and the bounce looked to be deceiving the Everton goalkeeper, but he showed superb reflexes to backtrack and tip the dipping ball over the bar.
    4/6/2014 1:13:49 PM
  • Romelu Lukaku: almost as good (and big) as Yakubu.

    4/6/2014 1:15:50 PM
  • Everton 2 Arsenal 0: The game enters injury time at the end of the first half, and there's already plenty of anxious looks towards Aaron Ramsey on the Arsenal bench - mainly from television directors. Meanwhile, another Arsenal midfielder, Mathieu Flamini goes into the book for a late lunge on Naismith, and it means he will miss the next two games that include an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.
    4/6/2014 1:18:04 PM
  • Half-time - Everton 2 Arsenal 0:
    4/6/2014 1:18:18 PM
  • Everton 2 Arsenal 0: Arsenal get the second half underway with their away support in full voice, but they're going to need something astonishing if they are to turn this game around in the next 45 minutes. History, it would appear, is not on their side.

    4/6/2014 1:37:19 PM
  • Everton 2 Arsenal 0: Does anybody know the Spanish for "play to the whistle!'? Santi Cazorla could do with a reminder because after driving a left wing cross into the arm of James McCarthy, the midfielder is more concerned with appealing for a penalty that was never going to be given than doing something productive with the nearby loose ball. Desperate times cause for desperate measures, I suppose.

    Santi! El whistlo! 

    4/6/2014 1:41:01 PM
  • Everton 2 Arsenal 0: If Santi Cazorla was never told to play to the whistle, then Kevin Mirallas wasn't ever told not to play the ball across his own box, and the Belgian's dallying in his own penalty area presents an opportunity to Olivier Giroud. The Belgian's blushes were spared by further alert goalkeeping from Tim Howard, who is out quickly to block the Frenchman's shot.
    4/6/2014 1:46:03 PM
  • GOAL! Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Another three goals for Everton, and that should be another three points! Once again, Kevin Mirallas was at the heart of it. Having received the ball in midfield, he burst forward and played in Steven Naismith behind the Arsenal defence. The Scottish midfielder was denied by the hands of Wojciech Szczesny, but the ball fell invitingly for the determined Belgian who had continued his run. Under close attention from the Everton man, Mikel Arteta in trying to clear the danger could only poke a toe to the ball and turn it past Thomas Vermaelen on the line for an own goal.

    Mikel Arteta scores on his return to Goodison Park...Ah. 

    4/6/2014 1:50:19 PM
  • Everton 3 Arsenal 0: That third goal has prompted Arsenal into a double substitution, and it's the day's first moment of joy for the travelling support as Aaron Ramsey makes his comeback to the first team after 14 weeks out injured. The Welshman takes the place of Flamini in midfield, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on for Podolski.

    Meanwhile, let's take a moment to nod approval in the direction of Steven Naismith. Having changed the game in Everton’s favour at Craven Cottage last weekend, he has been brilliant once again this afternoon, causing constant problems for Arsene Wenger. However, as Iain Hamilton has written in to explain, this isn’t the first time that the Scot has infuriated an Arsenal legend.

    Young Naisy abuses Ian Wright
    by bombrfc via YouTube

    4/6/2014 2:01:22 PM
  • Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Abusive ballboy Steven Naismith has come off to a deserved standing ovation from the home support as well as the home chairman, and on in his place is another effective Scot in Aiden McGeady. It's a switch that shouldn't see Everton lose any shape in these final ten minutes as they try to see the game out with a deserved clean sheet.
    4/6/2014 2:13:30 PM
  • Everton 3 Arsenal 0: And if they do keep that clean sheet, it will be down to some wonderful reflex saves from Tim Howard, the latest of which has just come to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal youngster fizzed a brilliant 25 yard shot at goal following a solo run in from the left, but Everton's goalkeeper dived high to his left to touch the ball on to the crossbar and away for a corner. Let's applaud some excellent play all round - and, at that very moment, Thomas Vermaelen falls through the advertising hoardings.
    4/6/2014 2:17:36 PM
  • Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Into three minutes injury time at Goodison Park, and Everton continue to go forth. Will they end the season in fourth though? The Independent's Ian Herbert certainly seems to think they have all the right characteristics for Champions League football.

    4/6/2014 2:22:37 PM
  • FULL TIME - Everton 3 Arsenal 0:

    4/6/2014 2:22:46 PM
  • Here's how West Ham and Liverpool line-up at Upton Park. Sam Allardyce and Brendan Rodgers both make one change to their teams that won last time out with the Hammers boss bringing in Napoli loanee Pablo Armero for his first start in place of George McCartney at left-back. The Reds, meanwhile, are forced to field Mamadou Sakho at centre-back after Danish defender Daniel Agger suffered a knee injury.

    West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Nolan, Tomkins, Armero, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing

    Subs: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, C. Cole, J. Cole, Potts, Johnson, Nocerino

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge

    Subs: Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Lucas, Moses, Allen, Aspas

    Referee:  Anthony Taylor
    4/6/2014 2:30:24 PM
  • The teams are in the tunnel and West Ham versus Liverpool is just five minutes away.

    4/6/2014 2:55:41 PM
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 0: For the second occasion this afternoon, a Premier League match kicks-off in wet conditions, but while the rain was lashing down at Goodison Park earlier today, West Ham and Liverpool begin by having to deal with a barrage of bubbles emanating from that ridiculous machine.

    On the pitch, meanwhile, Stewart Downing gives the Reds a reminder of what they're missing by darting down the left touchline to get on the end of Mohamed Diame's overhit pass before sending two inaccurate crosses into the box.
    4/6/2014 3:03:58 PM
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 0: Andy Carroll has just given the Upton Park crowd a few glimpses into his game. Having take the ball down well for a big man outside his own box, he trotted upfield and won an ungainly header and then unleashed a rocket of a shot into the legs of a defender before bending down to tie his shoelaces. On that note, there can't be a player in the professional game who spends more time tying his shoelaces; surely this is an area where Kevin Nolan can help out.

    Meanwhile, there's been little goalmouth excitement in the opening ten minutes with the best chances at either end coming when Luis Suarez curled a free-kick onto the roof of the net, and when Martin Skrtel noddded Diame's cross away from the forehead of Carroll.
    4/6/2014 3:15:06 PM
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 0: Luis Suarez rattles the West Ham crossbar! The Uruguayan striker took Jordan Henderson's throw in his path, flicked the ball one side of Diame and ran round the other before curling a wonderful effort towards the far post, where it rebounded off the woodwork with Adrian beaten. If it had been a lesser man, that would have been described as an overhit cross, but this is Suarez so it's going down as intentional even if it wasn't.


    4/6/2014 3:23:40 PM
  • Is this that cockney sense of humour? Or has someone been making use of some excellent cut-price deals online?

    4/6/2014 3:30:22 PM
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 0: Daniel Sturridge has his first sight of goal half hour into the game, but his finish doesn't do justice to some excellent build-up play. The striker fired high into the stands from the edge of the box after exchanging neat passes with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

    At the other end, Mark Noble stands over a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the Liverpool area, but curls his right-footed free-kick a yard wide of Simon Mignolet's post.
    4/6/2014 3:35:36 PM
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 0: Another opportunity comes - and then quickly goes - for Daniel Sturridge as the Liverpool man favours power once again over finesse. Luis Suarez was the creator, sending a teasing ball into the box that was only half-dealt with by West Ham defence and, when the ball sat up nicely for Sturridge 12 yards out, he fired wildly into the crowd.
    4/6/2014 3:42:53 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! West Ham 0 Liverpool 1: Just as it looked as though Liverpool were going to be unable to breakthrough West Ham's defence in this first half, James Tomkins has given the title challengers a literal helping hand. In scenes eerily similar to one of Liverpool's many penalty awards at Old Trafford last month, Luis Suarez chased a ball into the left side of the area and, when he attempted to flick the ball the other side of the defender, Tomkins deflected the ball away with his hand.

    Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, and Steven Gerrard duly stepped up to convert his 50th penalty in 51 attempts for Liverpool, and the Reds will lead at the break.

    Steven Gerrard celebrates opening the scoring from the penalty spot. 

    4/6/2014 3:43:25 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 1 Liverpool 1: Major controversy at Upton Park! With just seconds of first half injury time remaining, Mark Noble sent over a corner from the right hand side, and in the ensuing six-yard box melee, Simon Mignolet dropped the ball after receiving a hand in the face from Andy Carroll, and Guy Demel poked over the line for his first West Ham goal. His celebrations were momentarily cut short by the linesman's flag, but after Anthony Taylor had conferred with his official, the referee ruled that the goal should stand and the scores are level. Liverpool won't lead at the break!

    Anthony Taylor's linesman asks his referee if there's any point in him being there.

    4/6/2014 3:47:23 PM
  • Half-time - West Ham 1 Liverpool 1:
    4/6/2014 3:48:35 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 1: There was uproar in the Sky Sports' studio during the half-time break as it became apparent that the big screens were showing replays of West Ham's contentious equaliser while the officials were debating their decision, much to the frustrations of the watching Liverpool players. Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp can't believe that the club would be as unprofessional enough to show incidents in-ground when they're not allowed to, but they have obviously never spent an evening with Neil Warnock who will constantly inform you that rules simply don't apply at Upton Park.

    Meanwhile, Lucas is on in place of Philippe Coutinho has Brendan Rodgers looks to steel up his midfield for a second half that West Ham get underway.
    4/6/2014 4:09:12 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 1: The first real chance of the second half comes for West Ham, courtesy of an Andy Carroll header - and a legitimate one at that. Demel and Diame worked the opportunity after a throw-in by the corner flag, and when the latter sent a cross over towards the far post, there was the West Ham number nine, rising high above his marker to thump the ball against the woodwork.
    4/6/2014 4:22:40 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! West Ham 1 Liverpool 2: This is not a good day for referee Anthony Taylor. On the back of overruling his correct linesman in the first half to award West Ham an equaliser, he has now awarded the visitors a second penalty for a fair challenge on John Flanagan by goalkeeper Adrian. The Liverpool full-back had burst into the box, but as he tried to take the ball away from the Spanish custodian, Adrian got a clear hand to the ball to divert it away. There were no appeals from either Flanagan, his teammates or the Liverpool supporters behind the goal, but the beleaguered referee pointed to the spot nonetheless, much to the despair of those he had 

    Still, none of that mattered to Steven Gerrard, who stepped up to confidently place the ball high into the opposite corner to which he scored the first. Liverpool are back in front with 20 minutes to play.

    John Flanagan loses the ball - but wins a penalty.

    4/6/2014 4:29:15 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 2: There's under ten minutes remaining for West Ham to fashion an unfashionable equaliser. Guy Demel sticks his head in where it hurts - and promptly gets hurt - but is unable to direct Antonio Nocerino's right-wing free-kick towards goal, and Liverpool breathe again.
    4/6/2014 4:42:18 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 2: There are no prizes for guessing how West Ham are planning to play these final few moments as Sam Allardyce throws on Carlton Cole to play alongside Andy Carroll. Brendan Rodgers immediately reacts by bringing on Kolo Toure to combat the Hammers' twin peaks. This could be comedy of the highest order.
    4/6/2014 4:44:56 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 2: The Hammers have started to leave holes at the back, and Luis Suarez has twice gone close to exploiting them in these past couple of minutes. First, the Uruguayan was hauled back by Pablo Armero as he bore down on goal, and then when he did get free the second time, Adrian was quickly off his line to deny the striker with his feet.
    4/6/2014 4:47:30 PM
  • West Ham 1 Liverpool 2: Downing saves Hammers with last minute wonder goal was the headline that Stewart Downing was dreaming of when he set himself up for a long range shot with seconds left on the clock, but unfortunately for the former Liverpool winger, he smashed it high into the West Ham crowd.

    There are now four minutes of stoppage time for Liverpool to hold out for another win that will take them to the top of the Premier League.
    4/6/2014 4:50:31 PM
  • FULL TIME - West Ham 1 Liverpool 2:
    4/6/2014 4:52:54 PM
  • Not only have Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League, but their win this afternoon means...

    4/6/2014 5:03:10 PM
  • It was acceptable in the 80’s, it was acceptable at the time! If Calvin Harris was talking about Merseyside football, he may just be resampling his 2007 hit this summer. And that’s because, today, both Everton and Liverpool rolled back the years to the decade that saw them claim eight titles between them, demonstrating that their resurgent burst towards the top of the English game is in no danger of slowing down.

    I make no apology for repeating myself for the second consecutive Sunday, and that's because Everton and Liverpool have made no apology for repeating themselves for the second consecutive Sunday.

    Admittedly, Liverpool weren't at their free-flowing best this afternoon, but showed that they are capable of grinding out a result, that they are able to pick themselves up in the face of adversity, that they are able to take opportunities when good fortune present them; as much as all the attacking and goalscoring, these are surely the attributes of champions.

    The Reds overcame a physical West Ham side at Upton Park thanks to two penalties from captain Steven Gerrard, the second most fortuitous, after they had seen their opening goal wiped out by Andy Carroll’s flailing arms and Anthony Taylor’s curious refereeing. Yet they held on to return to the top of the league, and ensure that next Sunday’s encounter with title rivals Manchester City is perfectly poised.

    If they want any advice on how to deal with their nearest competitor, they need look no further than across Stanley Park because Everton blew Arsenal - the side they are currently contesting fourth spot with – away at Goodison Park earlier today. 

    The Toffees were too strong for the Gunners from the start, and strikes from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku as well as an own-goal from Mikel Arteta on his return to Merseyside were just reward as Roberto Martinez’s team stretched their wining streak to six games. They’re now just a point behind the fourth-placed North London club and with a game in hand.

    That brings an end to another exhilarating weekend of Premier League football, where all matters – the title race, the battle for Europe and the fight for survival – have been set up intriguingly for the remaining matches this season. We’ll be back next week to do it all again, but until then, thanks for reading and goodnight. 
    4/6/2014 5:48:07 PM
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