03 Feb, 22:47
A 5-1 win is a mighty hammering.
Everton went to the Emirates hopeful and backed by the 2-1 win last game week against Leicester, they were ready to fight. A first-half 4-0 result and an Aaron Ramsey hattrick was not a good welcome for Theo Walcott who joined the Toffees in January from Arsenal.
Everton was completely outplayed at the back. 20 minutes in and they had already conceded three goals. Williams and Mangala were exposed. Mkhitaryan found space down the right and teed up Ramsey who beautifully tucked the ball home for the first goal. Koscielny made it two in the 14th minute from a set-piece. He got the better of Mangala, again. Torrid defending.
19 minutes in and goal number three came. Ramsey again. The ball found the back of the net after a deflection off guess who, Mangala! There was little Pickford could to keep the ball out this time round. Everton had little to offer even on counters and every move forward was intercepted. Aubameyang got his debut goal in the 37th minute with the record signing lofting a delicate finish over Pickford. It should not have counted though. He was miles offside.
The first half ended 4-0.
Nacho Monreal was replaced by Sead Kolasinac. He was often bullied off the ball by Niasse, he needed a break. Everton’s change came in the 61st minute with Calvert-Lewin coming on for Walcott. Lewin pulled one back and actually scored with his first touch! Cech was unable to get to his header which was powered home. No clean sheet for the Czech international, which would have been his 200th in the Premier League.
Ramsey got his hat-trick in the 74th minute, after an error from Lewin gifted Mkhitaryan the ball and he slid a great cross into the area, and Ramsey slotted home. His 3rd assist of the game.
A 5-1 win and brilliant debuts for Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang ensured Wenger’s men bagged the full three points. However, win, draw or lose, they remain 6th in the table.