An Aaron Ramsey hat-trick spearheaded a glittering Arsenal display at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners took Everton apart with a 5-1 victory, this evening.
Two strikes from the midfielder, further amplified by Laurent Koscielny’s header and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut goal for the club, saw Arsène Wenger’s men storm into the break with a 4-0 lead.
Everton pulled a goal back via Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Ramsey ensured he’d keep the headlines with his third goal in the second half, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan also starred with a hat-trick of assists.
Gripping anticipation saw Arsenal fans flock to the Emirates Stadium for Aubameyang’s first outing in red and white, with the contest against Everton also highlighted by Theo Walcott’s first return as an opposition player.
The new Gunners signing was quick to link up with his former Borussia Dortmund teammate, Mkhitaryan, who’d put his pass across goal on a plate for Ramsey to take, as the Welshman placed the hosts 1-0 up by the 6th minute.
Mkhitaryan sparked more danger cutting in from the left flank, as he fizzed a strike just wide from range in a positive start for the North Londoners.
Soon enough, Arsenal were off celebrating a second goal, as Shkodran Mustafi glanced his header towards the back-post for Koscielny to nod in after 14 minutes.
Ramsey returned for more in the 19th minute, bagging his brace with a deflected strike from range to deceive Jordan Pickford between the sticks.
There was a chance for Walcott to get in on the act at the opposite end, as he raced through on goal with Monreal in his trail prior to Mustafi’s providential block.
The 37th minute brought the moment so many had envisioned, as Mkhitaryan slipped Aubameyang through to dink the goalie and set Arsenal cruising with a 4-0 lead into half-time.
Everton returned stronger for the second period, however, with Walcott spotting Oumar Niasse with an early cross before the Senegalese striker could hit the post with an outstretched leg.
Petr Čech’s search for a 200th Premier League clean sheet had to be rescheduled for another time, as the Toffees fought back through Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s headed goal in the 64th minute.
A bit of persistence from Mkhitaryan on the flanks would put a smile back on the fans’ faces after cutting a cross into Ramsey’s path, setting the Arsenal number 8 up expertly for his hat-trick in the 74th minute.
Taking the sting out of Everton with the fifth, the Gunners were able to secure a 5-1 win and three much-needed points come full time.
By Patrick Ribeiro
Petr Čech (6) – Héctor Bellerín (6), Shkodran Mustafi (6), Laurent Koscielny (7), Nacho Monreal (7) – Granit Xhaka (7), Aaron Ramsey (7) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8), Mesut Özil (7), Alex Iwobi (7) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7)
Subs: Sead Kolasinac (6), David Ospina (6), Jack Wilshere (-)