Arsenal beat Everton 7-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Arsenal thrashed Everton 7-0 in its penultimate Premier League match of the season - the club's biggest win in nine years under manager Arsene Wenger.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Arsenal thrashed Everton 7-0 in its penultimate Premier League match of the season - the club's biggest win in nine years under manager Arsene Wenger. Dennis Bergkamp scored one and helped set up three more while Robert Pires had two goals and Robin Van Persie, Edu, Patrick Vieira and Mathieu Flamini one apiece. Gunners in second place Arsenal secured second place behind champion Chelsea on Tuesday when third-place Manchester United lost 3-1 to the Blues. Yesterday's match at Highburgy was the first time Everton had played since securing fourth place in the league - and a European Champions League berth next season - when fifth-place Liverpool lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Sunday. Bergkamp set up the first goal, crossing for Robin van Persie to score after nine minutes. The Dutchman, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is seeking a one-year contract extension with the Gunners. Arsenal fans chanted "One more year" throughout the match. Bergkamp is likely to retire if he doesn't renew with the Gunners. "It has been a long time of my career - it is always on your mind but hopefully we can sort something out," said Bergkamp, who has been at Arsenal since June 1995. Wenger said he'd made his decision on Bergkamp's future, but wouldn't say what. "We'll sit down before the end of the season - but I feel it will come out at the end of the season," Wenger said. "You have to be special to play at 36 at this level and he's super special." Goals galore Pires added the second in the 11th minute, heading the ball over Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright, who was making his first appearance in three months. Bergkamp then set up Vieira for the third in the 37th min. Striker Thierry Henry, returning to the squad after missing a month with a groin injury, replaced van Persie in the second half. Vieira was replaced by Flamini. After a move started by Bergkamp, Henry fed Pires to put Arsenal up 4-0 after 50 minutes. Dominating game Arsenal's dominance continued. The Gunners were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute when Everton defender Lee Carsley was penalised for handball. Henry ceded the moment to Edu, who converted in his final game at Highbury. The Brazilian's contract will expire after Arsenal's FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 21. Bergkamp scored in 77th, controlling an aerial ball and beating Wright. Flamini added Arsenal's final goal in 85th. Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann made a strong save to deny Everton's Duncan Ferguson in the closing minutes. Arsenal also welcomed back defender Sol Campbell, who hasn't played since Feb. 1 because of an ankle injury. Everton has conceded 14 goals in three matches against Arsenal this season. "I am embarrassed by tonight's performance," Everton manager David Moyes said. "It has been a great week for Everton Football Club and I have no criticism of the players but tonight, as a manager, I am embarrassed." It wasn't the biggest win in Premier League history. Manchester United holds the record with a 9-0 win over Ipswich in March 1995. Arsenal's score is the fourth biggest. (AP)

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