Arsenal 5-1 Everton

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Interview

'It's one of those moments to remember'

Aaron Ramsey hit a couple of major milestones on Saturday.

His hat-trick was his first in an Arsenal shirt. And his second goal took him to 100 goals or assists for the club.

It was hard to outshine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on their full debuts but Ramsey could not have done more. Here’s what he said after the game:

on the performance…
Obviously I’m delighted. It’s my first hat-trick, so it’s one of those moments to remember. Full credit to the team, we played some really good attacking football and the game was won in the first half really. We’ve got to keep that focus, keep that quality throughout the rest of the season now.

on Auba being quite scary when he’s actually at 100 per cent…
Of course, if that’s not him at 100 per cent then we’ve got a player on our hands. Well done to him for scoring on his debut and to Micki as well for getting a few assists. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come and they can help us push to finish off the season strongly.

on bouncing back from Swansea…
Against Swansea it simply wasn’t good enough and we needed to respond to that. You could tell from the first half that everyone was at it, and when we are at it we’re a quality team. We won the game in the first half really.

on his hat-trick…
It’s one I’m going to remember because it’s my first hat-trick and obviously I’m delighted. I’m happier with the three points.

on what it feels like to score a Premier League hat-trick…
I took my time coming off the pitch because I know it won’t happen too often. I was just happy that I could help my team-mates today by contributing with a few goals. I’m just buzzing.

on what sort of impact Henrikh and Pierre have had…
They’ve brought quality into this team. We all know how they linked up at Dortmund and you could see that their understanding tonight was brilliant. It was a great goal by Auba and Micki came up with a few assists as well. It’s a sign of things to come and we’re really excited to have them here. Hopefully they can kick on.

on whether the north London derby is the perfect stage to replicate home form…
Of course. In front of our home fans we’ve been absolutely brilliant. I think we’ve only slipped up once against United, even though we played very well on the day. We’ve got to improve away from home, simple as that. Hopefully we can replicate what we did today against Spurs on Saturday.

Goals

Watch all five of our goals against Everton

Aaron Ramsey netted a hat-trick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut as we beat Everton 5-1 at Emirates Stadium.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan also impressed on his first home start, setting up the Gabon international and claiming two more assists as we returned to our free-flowing best on Saturday.

Click on the 'play' button above to watch our extended highlights. Alternatively, you can scroll down to see all four goals, plus a bitesize cut and the full first and second halves.

 

 

The Breakdown

Analysis: Magnificent Mkhitaryan steals the show

We returned to form in fine style on Saturday as we blew Everton away with a five-star performance at Emirates Stadium.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke examines the match in detail, focusing on:

  • How our electric movement caused big problems for Everton
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's impressive debut performance
  • Our immaculate distribution in midfield and attack
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan eye-catching display as he claimed three assists

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the The Breakdown and then check out the highlights below:

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 5-1 Everton: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED

Aaron Ramsey scored a hat-trick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his debut with a goal as we delivered a slick, clinical performance to overwhelm Everton.

Our record signing’s first significant contribution was a slide-rule pass to his old friend Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who in turn laid on our opening goal for Ramsey.

Laurent Koscielny got the next one, putting his head in among the boots to nod past Jordan Pickford after Shkodran Mustafi flicked on Mesut Ozil’s corner.

Alex Iwobi laid on our third for Ramsey, a powerful shot from distance that Pickford could only tip into the roof of the net after a deflection off Eliaquim Mangala.

It brought up an impressive milestone for Ramsey. He’s now been directly involved in 100 goals for us - 52 goals and 48 assists.

So that was pretty much game over - but the fun wasn’t over.

We’ve heard a lot about the understanding between Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang - a partnership forged at Borussia Dortmund - and now we got to see it first-hand.

Mkhitaryan spotted the striker lurking on the shoulder of the last Everton defender and slipped a pass into the area for him to run onto.

Aubameyang looked offside but the flag stayed down and the finish was impudent - a dink over the diving Pickford. That was something of a trademark for Aubameyang in the Bundesliga; expect to see it a lot more in the Premier League.

Everton were outclassed but an Arsenal old boy almost threw them a lifeline. Theo Walcott got past Nacho Monreal and looked certain to score, but Mustafi raced back to block brilliantly.

Walcott left to a standing ovation in the second half and his replacement - Dominic Calvert-Lewin - did reduce the deficit.

But a crisp finish from Ramsey completed his hat-trick - and a hat-trick of assists for Mkhitaryan - to put the seal on an emphatic win.


WHAT IT MEANS

This win keeps us in sixth place in the Premier League - one place and three points behind Tottenham having played a game more.


WHAT’S NEXT

It’s the big one - Tottenham at Wembley. Stay close to Arsenal.com for all the build-up to next weekend’s north London derby.

AUBA WATCH

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his first game for us three days after completing his move from Borussia Dortmund. These were his best moments:

6 - Auba’s first meaningful touch is a delightful ball to Mkhitaryan, who crosses low for Ramsey to score

13 - Ramsey beats the offside trap and controls Iwobi’s ball down the line. Auba gives his marker the slip to find space in the area and Ramsey picks him out, but Auba’s shot is blocked

15 - Auba gets ready to convert Mustafi’s header down from Ozil’s corner, but Koscielny gets there first to score our second goal

32 - Ozil sets Auba clear and he races clear of the Everton defence to get a left-foot shot away, but it’s saved by Pickford

37 - GOAL! Mkhitaryan spots Auba’s run and, although there are suspicions off offside, the striker sinks the ball over Pickford for a fine debut goal

Press conference

Ozil and Mkhitaryan - our new creative partnership

Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have the makings of a magical partnership.

That was an easy conclusion to draw after the Germany and Armenia stars joined forces to help us outclass Everton on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger enjoyed seeing his creative forwards in tandem and thinks Ozil and Mkhitaryan can be as effective as Ozil and Alexis were together.

“They look like they can play together,” said the boss.

“We had before this, Mesut and Sanchez, they had a privileged understanding but we can be creative, we can be mobile. Our game is based on that.

“In the first half we were quick, mobile, technically very sharp and we finished very well as well. Overall, the two new players integrated well into our game and they looked as if they had played for us forever.

“Our challenge, I think, is to find the balance. We are a very offensive team, we want to play that kind of football, but we have to find the balance between attacking and defending and that will certainly be our challenge between now and the end of the season.”

Aaron Ramsey will also get his share of the headlines after a fine hat-trick - his first for the club.

“I felt always - when I watched the games after on the video - you think always that he is there in a good position in the box and I felt always that he had between 10 and 15 goals at least in his locker,” said Wenger.

“He didn’t do it until now because I think he rushed, sometimes, with his finishing. He looks much calmer. The only difference I see is that he doesn’t rush it. That’s why maybe, that’s the secret to being efficient."

Interview

'Auba, Micki and Mesut… they are great players'

Granit Xhaka had the best view in the house as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dazzled on their home debuts.

Our Swiss midfielder played just behind the Armenian as he delivered a hat-trick of assists in our thumping 5-1 win over Everton.

And Xhaka says that the new boys’ arrival has lifted the whole dressing room.

“Of course it has,” he told Arsenal.com. “We know with Auba, Micki and Mesut that we have three great players in the team.

“Everything’s gone quiet now so we can focus. We are happy that Mesut’s staying here and we’ve got two great players who have come in. They showed what they can do today, so we’re happy we have them in our team.

“It’s easy to come into our team. Auba showed that today, after one training session [he scored] and Micki did well too.

“We knew we didn’t play well against Swansea and that we had to wake up. We showed that today. The first half was perfect, we could have kept playing like the first half in the second half but sometimes it’s not so easy. We won today and those three points are important.”

Press conference

The verdict on Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan shone as we brushed aside Everton at the Emirates on Saturday.

The former scored on his debut and the latter marked his first home appearance for us with a hat-trick of assists.

Here’s what the boss made of their contributions:

on Aubameyang’s debut…
I think that the quality of his movement was excellent, the quality of his finishing was excellent. But he is not completely at his best physically. He still has some work to do physically.

on the price for Aubameyang - and whether it is good for the current market…
I think so, yes. Overall I believe that for that quality of striker is, on today’s market, a reasonable price.

on Aubameyang’s positivity…
He looks always to give a problem to the defenders by his movement. I feel that once he is in front of you, it is very difficult to catch him back. I liked the quality of his movement, I must say. He is always looking to go in to spaces and it is very difficult for defenders to cover. When we know him better and understand him better, I think he will be more dangerous.

on Mkhitaryan’s home debut…
He is a good link player and he works very hard as well, you know. Overall, I think he looked well-accepted by the rest of the team and was understanding very well how we want to play.

on it being a surprise that he ended up deciding to leave United so soon…
He didn’t play there so I was not too surprised. He was not playing at Manchester United and they got one more player who plays in a similar position with Sanchez.

on why it wasn’t working for him at United…
I am not responsible for Manchester’s decisions. I am responsible for Arsenal’s decisions - that is enough for me. They had their reasons. They have a world-class player in Sanchez and that obstructed him.

on a great home debut…
I do not know, I have not exactly the 1,300 games in my memory but there are some good debuts. I don’t know if that’s better, the only thing I can say is that it was a convincing debut that shows that he has the level to play with us.

Team news

Why did Cech and Monreal have to come off?

Petr Cech and Nacho Monreal were taken off during our 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger gave an update on the two players shortly after the match:
 
on Cech…
He has a kick on his calf. I don’t know medically how bad it is. Just a kick.
 
on Monreal…
Monreal was sick.

Post-Match Gallery

Arsenal 5-1 Everton: In pictures

Check out these images from a busy afternoon at Emirates Stadium.