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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 18:27 GMT

Suker blows Everton away

Collins took the lead - but to no avail

Arsenal 4-1 Everton

Davor Suker scored two second half goals to ensure that John Collins' first half opener ended as little more than a consolation.

Ian Brown: "A supreme second half display put Everton in their place"
Lee Dixon had actually levelled things in the first half, but it was after the break that the Gunners really began to fire, with Suker setting up Kanu for a fourth in injury time.

Everton fans arrived with news of the latest boardroom shenanigans at Goodison Park, as details of an American bid to buy Peter Johnson's controlling stake in the club were revealed.

But that was forgotten as Scotsman Collins got the better of some of the English defenders he will no doubt face in the Euro 2000 play-offs next month.

His opener came against the run of play in the 16th minute from a powerful free kick in off the inside of David Seaman's right-hand post.

[ image: Vieira was subdued after his recent disciplinary troubles]
Vieira was subdued after his recent disciplinary troubles
Tony Adams had unnecessarily brought down another Scot, Don Hutchison to give him the chance.

Arsenal continued to dominate possession but Everton defended well until the Gunners back into the game, thanks to a free kick from Dennis Bergkamp.

Nigel Winterburn had been brought down, and the set piece clipped the underside of the bar and bounced out to Dixon, who scored his first goal for almost three years.

Arsenal came out with more intent in the second half, and Suker hit yet another thundering free-kick, which was turned away by Paul Gerrard.

Clinical Croat

Bergkamp also came close, before Suker did hit the target after Marc Overmars cross evaded everybody but the Croat.

Ray Parlour wasted two more chances before the more clinical Suker gave Arsenal a two-goal cushion.

A previously-subdued Patrick Vieira helped Bergkamp split Everton open down the left and the Dutchman's cross again found Suker to bury a drive past Gerrard.

Kanu's stoppage-time strike rounded off a runaway Arsenal win, with Bergkamp and Overmars rested ready for Barcelona on Tuesday.

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Keown, Adams, Suker, Bergkamp, Overmars, Parlour, Grimandi. Subs: Ljungberg, Henry, Silvinho, Lukic, Kanu.

Everton: Gerrard, Ball, Gough, Unsworth, Collins, Barmby, Campbell, Hutchison, Gemmill, Weir, Xavier. Subs: Cleland, Watson, Cadamarteri, Johnson, Simonsen.

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

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