Arsenal 5-1 Everton: Aaron Ramsey’s hat-trick blows Toffees away as new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores on his debut
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Arsenal blew away Everton at a rainy Emirates on Saturday evening through an Aaron Ramsey hat-trick along with goals from Laurent Koscielny and new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Toffees could only show a consolation from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in reply as they were utterly outclassed.
The proposed anti-Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke march may have turned into a damp squib on a filthy evening in North London but on the pitch affairs were distinctly spectacular.
The organisers of the protest misjudged the mood of the majority of fans buoyed by the arrivals of record £56 million signing from Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan, along with Mesut Ozil ending months of prevarication by putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal on a reputed £350,000 per week.
Visitors Everton were simply swept away by the feel-good factor at the Emirates as they lost the game in the first 20 minutes. Sam Allardyce’s Toffees had no answer to the free-flowing football offered up by a rejuvenated Gunners side.
Welshman Ramsey put the home side 1-0 up on seven minutes following a cross from new boy Mkhitaryan.
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Captain Koscielny doubled the lead on 15 minutes with a free header after Shkodran Mustafi nodded onto the Frenchman, who had the freedom of the six yard area to make it 2-0.
On 20 minutes Ramsey then made it 3-0 with a long range shot which took a deflection off Eliaquim Mangala as it flew past Jordan Pickford.
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Arsenal completely dominated - although it was difficult to tell whether it was because they were playing extremely well or if Everton were abysmal.
Goal number four came just before the interval as new boy Aubameyang lifted the ball over a beleaguered Pickford to make it 4-0 as the teams headed off for the break.
Oumar Niasse slid in to hit the bar from close range eight minutes after half time but the loudest cheers for an Everton player came when the returning Theo Walcott was replaced by Calvert-Lewin around the hour mark.
The forward who notched 108 goals in 397 matches thoroughly deserved his ovation for the way he conducted himself and the class he showed in leaving the club – not to mention the fact he became the 18th Arsenal player to notch 100 goals for the club when he scored in the 2-0 win at Sutton in the FA Cup 5th round 12 months ago.
Walcott’s replacement Calvert-Lewin soon pulled a goal back for Everton with a header on 65 minutes before Ramsey struck home Arsenal’s fifth and his hat-trick to make it 5-1 with 15 minutes remaining.
The Welshman was immediately replaced by Jack Wilshere as both players were met by acclaim.
As the clock ticked down and the home side moved the ball about with ease you were left wondering just how good this side could become.
Then again, they weren’t tested defensively in a big game.