Aaron Ramsey nets a hat-trick as Arsenal put five past Everton
Aaron Ramsey scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Everton 5-1 in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
Arsenal remain in 6th place in the Premier League table, with 45 points from 26 matches.
They are 5 points behind 4th place Chelsea. Liverpool are above the Blues on goal difference and 2 points ahead of 5th place Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield tomorrow.
Whilst Chelsea meet Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday.
It was Ramsey’s first hat-trick for Arsenal (6, 19 and 74).
The Welshman has been directly involved in 101 goals for Arsenal in all competition (53 goals, 48 assists).
The Gunners other goals were scored by Laurent Koscielny (14) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (37) on his debut.
Substitute Domic Calvert-Lewis netted a consolation for the Toffees (64).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan also enjoyed his home debut providing three assists.
The Armenian provided the cross for Ramsey to open the scoring in the 6th minute.
Arsenal doubled their lead from a Mesut Ozil corner in the 14th minute.
Shkodran Mustafi flicked the ball on and Laurent Koscielny got to the ball ahead of Aubameyang to head home at the far post.
Ramsey got his second in the 19th minute when his on target shot was deflected over Jordan Pickford into the Everton goal.
Mkhitaryan’s clever through ball set up Aubameyang for his first Arsenal goal in the 37th minute.
The Gunners record signing dinked the ball over Pickford. Television replays indicated that he might have been offside, but his finish was clinical.
Aubameyang is the eighth player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, after Steve Bould, Kevin Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Thomas Vermaelen and Alexandre Lacazette
Arsenal are only the second team to lead by four or more goals at half-time in consecutive Premier League home games, after Manchester United (against Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday in November 1997)
Sead Kolasinac replaced Nacho Monreal at the start of the second half.
Sam Allardyce had little to celebrate in his 500th match as a Premier League manager. He abandoned his three at the back-formation at the start of the second-half switching to a back four.
He replaced Michael Keane with Tom Davies and the Toffees were much improved in the second-half.
It was a match to forget for the returning Theo Walcott.
He had one first-half chance after being set up by Niasse, but Mustafi blocked his goal bound shot.
Walcott was replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewn to standing ovation from the home side in the 61st minute.
It was Calvert-Lewin who reduced the arrears with a header from Cuco Martina’s left-wing cross in the 64th minute.
So Petr Cech’s wait for a 20oth Premier League clean sheet goes on. He night got worse when he had to replaced by David Ospina in the 70th minute after sustaining a calf injury in a collision with Oumar Niasse.
It was Arsenal though who had the final word in the scoring stakes.
Next up for Arsenal is a trip Wembley for the north London derby with Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.
Mkhitaryan cutting the ball back to Ramsey, who made no mistake in shooting past Pickford for his hat-trick (74)
Arsenal: Cech 6 (Ospina), Bellerin 7, Koscielny, 7, Mustafi 7, Monreal 6, Xhaka 7, Ramsey 7 (Wilshere), Mkhitaryan 8, Iwobi 7, Ozil 7, Aubameyang 7