The Gunners were in a high rate form, thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang home debuts from their new signings and a midfield masterclass from Aaron Ramsey
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a well-documented history of donning superhero masks and if the striker’s thrilling debut against Everton on Saturday is anything to go by, the former Borussia Dortmund ace might just have arrived in the nick of time to rescue Arsenal’s season alongside his Henrikh Mkhitaryan .
For arguably the first time since arriving in England, Mkhitaryan looked like the player who lit up the Bundesliga during his time working in tandem with Aubameyang at Signal Iduna Park, with the Armenian setting up three goals during a 5-1 demolition job at the Emirates, making him the first Gunner to grab a hat-trick of assists in a Premier League game since Santi Cazorla’s four against Wigan in 2013.
Arsenal now possess flows better without Alexis Sanchez at the helm. Mkhitaryan is more careful and precise with his distribution that the infamously erratic Chilean, while Mesut Ozil has the freedom to feed passes into two former BVB buddies, who wasted little time getting right back on the same wavelength.
Alex Iwobi impressed producing a much more confident display in the four-pronged attack.
Hector Bellerin’s marauding runs down the right-hand side were equally impressive while Aaron Ramsey was excellence personified
Indeed, Mkhitaryan also put Aubameyang in for the Gabon international’s first goal just before the break, meaning the Manchester United reject already has the same amount of assists as Sanchez had before his defection to Old Trafford.
Although a different type of player to Alexis, it’s clear that the 29-year-old fits perfectly into the current 4-2-3-1 system, and his partnership with Ramsey looks even more promising.
Ramsey has now been directly involved in 102 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (54 goals, 48 assists) and continues to show why it is crucial that the club tie him down to a new long-term contract.
Arsenal have won just one of their eight away games against the clubs currently ranked outside the top nine and Wenger is acutely aware of the record contrast between Arsenal’s swashbuckling performances at home and their tame showings on their travels.
Arsenal now possess a strikeforce capable of beating any team in the country and while their top-four hopes may still be faint, anything now seems possible with their new dynamic duo, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan