Arsenal continued their perfect start to the Women’s Super League season with a comfortable victory over a disjointed Everton.
Katie McCabe gave the hosts the lead with a beautiful dipping left-foot volley from just outside the area after 32 minutes.
Defender Lotte Wubben-Moy then headed home a second just before the interval.
Frida Maanum’s 25-yard strike sealed the win with just under five minutes of normal time remaining.
McCabe, who has now scored three goals in her past three league games, took the ball down on her left thigh after a cross was cleared and struck a beautiful volley from 20 yards that dipped through the hands of Sandy MacIver.
Arsenal, who were looking to recover from a 4-1 defeat by Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League in midweek, had dominated the game to that point, and deservedly extended their lead when Wubben-Moy capitalised on three Everton defenders colliding to head a corner down into the ground and through the legs of MacIver.
Everton, who made nine signings this summer, looked disjointed in their press and defensively and that allowed Arsenal to control the game. They only failed to add more goals because of good saves from MacIver to deny Tobin Heath, McCabe and substitute Beth Mead.
Before the game both sides and officials linked arms around the centre circle in solidarity with players in the US who have made sexual misconduct allegations against English coach Paul Riley.
National Women’s Soccer League team North Carolina Courage sacked Riley following the allegations, which he denies.
Arsenal are next in action against Hoffenheim in the Women’s Champions League on Thursday, while Everton play at Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday. The WSL now takes a four-week break with the next round of games on 6 and 7 November.
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Match ends, Arsenal Women 3, Everton Women 0.
Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 3, Everton Women 0.
Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).
Toni Duggan (Everton Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Danielle Turner.
Attempt blocked. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Viktoria Schnaderbeck replaces Kim Little.
Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kenza Dali (Everton Women).
Goal! Arsenal Women 3, Everton Women 0. Frida Maanum (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.
Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Beth Mead.
Offside, Arsenal Women. Katie McCabe tries a through ball, but Caitlin Foord is caught offside.
Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Katie McCabe.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Caitlin Foord replaces Vivianne Miedema.
Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Toni Duggan (Everton Women).
Attempt saved. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.
Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women).