Arsenal 5-1 Everton: 5 Talking Points
Final score: Arsenal 5-1 Everton
Goalscorers: Aaron Ramsey 6', 19, 74' (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny 14' (Arsenal), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 37' (Arsenal), Dominic Calvert-Lewin 64' (Everton)
After an eventful transfer window, Matchday 26 of the Premier League was bound to be an exciting one. Arsenal fans, in particular, were waiting for their team's game the most - as newest acquisition, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was likely to be on display.
The striker did feature, and he did so characteristically, as did Henrikh Mkhitaryan - second-newest acquisition - as Arsenal tore into an Everton side that didn't know what hit them. Aaron Ramsey also showcased why older players are equally crucial, with his first ever hat-trick for Arsenal.
It was the Welshman who opened the scoring in the 6th minute, before Laurent Koscielny capitalised on some awful defending from the visitors in the 14th to double the lead. Ramsey then came back to triple it merely 5 minutes later.
Catering to mass demand, Aubameyang, too, stamped his name on the scoresheet with a superb dink to beat a helpless Jordan Pickford. While it could be debated that the Gabonese star was a mile offside, you can't help but feel warm about the reunion of Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - who notably picked up 3 excellent assists.
On that note, here are the 5 key talking points from last night's Premier League clash at the Emirates:
#5 Aubameyang - Mkhitaryan reunion fuels Arsenal's juggernaut
In 2013, two promising individuals in their mid-twenties had just joined Borussia Dortmund and had started to make a name for themselves with their breathtaking performances. This duo, comprising of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, then went on to wreak havoc in Germany over the next 3 seasons
Mkhitaryan then moved to Manchester United, and things started to go south for the German side, however, that's a discussion for a later time. The frighteningly quick pair have finally been reunited under Arsene Wenger's tutelage, and if last night's game is anything to go by, Arsenal could well pose a dangerous threat to the top 5 in the Premier League, who seemed to be inching away from the Gunners.
While Aubameyang found the back of the net on his debut, the Armenian genius from Manchester United showed the world a glimpse of what he's capable of when he fits in and he's content, as he piled up 3 assists - including the one that set up close friend Aubameyang's first ever Arsenal goal.
Arsenal fans will undoubtedly be giddy after that comprehensive performance from the Gunners, which if repeated consistently, can only propel Arsene Wenger's side upwards.
Here's a quick look at the star duo's stats from yesterday's match:
Pass accuracy: 80%
Pass accuracy: 88%