Arsenal recorded an impressive 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday evening at the Emirates Stadium to keep their hopes of landing a Champions League spot alive. Aaron Ramsey was one of the heroes for the Gunners, firing home his first ever career hat-trick.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce named a much-changed line-up for the game, almost accepting defeat prior to the game by resting the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Seamus Coleman. Unfortunately, for the Toffees, they were handed a heavy defeat.
While Ramsey will get the plaudits for his three goals, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan both made good contributions on their debut.
Aubameyang scored the Gunners fourth goal on 37 minutes to give the Gunners a more than commanding 4-0 half-time lead. Replays showed the striker was offside when he scored the goal. However, his effort still stood and he is off the mark in the English top-flight.
The fact he featured from the start of the game is bad news for French striker Alexander Lacazette, who looks set for a bit-part role at the Emirates. Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the Europa League, so the French international will at least play in European games. However, if Aubameyang is fit he may struggle to get back into the Gunners starting line-up.
Mkhitaryan is no doubt a top player when he is on top form. At Dortmund, he was the creative fulcrum and in Arsenal’s current team, he can play a similar role. The Armenian international produced three assists against the Toffees and could thrive under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
He is a Wenger sort of player, who will excite fans and contribute a lot to the attacking side of the Gunners game. The pair made a bright start to their Arsenal careers. Arsenal fans will be hoping they continue that bright start in next Saturday north London derby at Tottenham.
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