Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Elneny watches from the bench as Arsenal thrash Everton 5-1

Elneny watches from the bench as Arsenal thrash Everton 5-1

The home side blasted in four in the first half to put the game beyond doubt, leaving their woeful midweek loss at Swansea well behind them.

"When we know him better and understand him better, I think he will be more dangerous".

The onslaught continued and only the post prevented Nacho Monreal heading in his third goal in as many league games with the Everton defence all over the place.

"We studied how Swansea played (in beating Arsenal 2-1 on Tuesday), how defensively sound they were and how they limited Arsenal to very few chances".

Aubameyang was preferred to Alexandre Lacazette up front and looked at home from the start, playing a clever reverse pass in the sixth minute to release his old Dortmund team-mate Mkhitaryan, whose low cut-back was hooked into the net by Aaron Ramsey.

Laurent Koscielny added the second and Ramsey struck again before close friends Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang combined as the latter scored on his debut - albeit from an offside position.

13 - SHOT! Has his first shot as an Arsenal player, firing Ramsey's pass towards goal but it takes a deflection off Ashley Williams and goes for a corner.

Aubameyang has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners and will link up with his former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal.

Arsenal got going early and continued to add on.

Of course I was really happy.

Walcott, gradually frozen out by Wenger over the previous year, scored his first goals for Everton on Wednesday as his brace in their 2-1 win over Leicester ended his new team's run of seven games without victory.

Gary Neville believes Arsenal should be anxious that they had no competition to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The other, even more pressing issue for Arsenal is to get their top-four challenge back on track, given they are still five points off Chelsea and Liverpool, and that means addressing their dismal form on the road.

However, Aaron Ramsey was the star of show, with the Welshman netting a hat-trick.

Thankfully for Aubameyang, he wouldn't have to wait much longer to get his goal.

Theo Walcott was denied a goal on his return to the Emirates by a brilliant block from Mustafi before Aubameyang was played through on goal but saw his shot saved by Jordan Pickford. Second-half was a bit hard because we're leading 4-0 and we're not very focused.

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