The Toffees headed in to the encounter in high spirits after booking an FA Cup semi-final spot at Wembley following a terrific 2-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park last weekend.
Yet, as so often this season, Everton simply failed to show up for their league encounter and put in a tepid display against an Arsenal side bereft of confidence following their exit from two cup competitions.
Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi fired in first-half goals for the Gunners, while in the second period they sat back and eased their way through as Everton huffed and puffed by created very little.
Co-commentating on BBC Radio Five Live, Nevin berated Everton’s numerous mistakes in possession and described their performance as infuriating to watch.
"It has been infuriating. I expected Everton to push Arsenal as they tired, up the tempo, spread the play. But it just hasn't happened at all. Romelu Lukaku has had absolutely no service,” Nevin explained.
“Subdued and disjointed from Everton. A really, really poor game from them today. Over 90 minutes Arsenal were the only team who looked likely to win this game."
Nevin, a former Everton winger, felt the home side just lacked any sort of initiative in the final third and frustrations only mounted when Ross Barkley was withdrawn in the latter stages of the game.
The Toffees aspire to be challenging at the top end of the table, yet inconsistent performances of this ilk have happened far too regularly this season and it’s understandably frustrating for the supporters.
The result leaves the Merseyside club in the bottom half, 13 points adrift of the top four.