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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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