Arsenal fans can Erase Tuesday Night in Wales from their memory bank, on the evidence of last night’s Performance against Everton that team that played Swansa was not Arsenal. It must have been random people picked up from the tube station or bus station and handed Arsenal Jersies and asked to Go onto the Pitch of play. Everton could not live with Arsenal. The Home team’s Technical wizards , Ozil ,Auba, Mhkitaryan where running rings round the team in blue (we have a strong beef with tams who dorn blue)
Last Night was a different kettle of fish. Obviously Motivated by the signing of club record buy Pierre Emrick Aubameyang the Gunners were in Party Mood. Henrique MKhitaryan was also in the mix for his first home start since joining from Manchester United. Aaron Ramsey was fully fit and ready to star, While there was no space for Jack Wilshere due to Illness so Xhaka takes his place along with Ozil.
On evenings like this, Arsenal are wonderful to behold
A hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey was merely a part of the occasion rather than the Main dish, The man of the match in my opinion was really Henrikh Mkhitaryan, outstanding in providing the assists and bewitching Everton.
Then there was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring on his debut – an offside goal, admittedly, but it stood – with the most-impudent finish. And there was Mesut Ozil, revived and refreshed by his new team-mates, impishly evading Everton and generally dictating affairs with ease. After the game he Tweeted:
“A brilliant performance from the team today! Creative, delightful, free-flowing football I am feeling positive now for the upcoming challenges ”
Goes to show that the choice he made to stay was predicated by certain factors. Ozil appears a man who needs to enjoy his football. He has committed his future to the Gunners but im sure he definitely demanded an upgrade on the personnel at the club to facilitate that signature. At times it looked like the Arsenal of old and those wonderful teams Arsene Wenger conjured into existence in first ten years here.
Most fans like me will reserve judgement for now. There is a reason why this team is sixth. No one doubts their talent; it is their temperament which in question and which Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have been bought to improve.
And the new arrivals had the gentlest introduction imaginable to The Emirates. Everton were awful. Or ‘pathetic’ and ‘crap’ as their own manager described then. It perhaps didn’t help that they attempted a back three with their own debutant, Eliaquim Mangala, who had a wretched time.
They looked like a defence that hadn’t ever played the system together before, which is precisely what they were. Sam Allardyce argued that they should have coped and had they done so, they might have emulated Swansea City’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal in midweek.
The deeper question is whether these arrivals can banish the flawed psyche present when they travel to Swansea on a foggy, winter’s night. Wenger attempted to explain the rapid turnaround from the calamitous midweek display. ‘We did not have the same focus or sharpness in our movement against a team [Swansea] that played with 10 men in the final third. We have a league where teams can have 70% of possession and do not always win. And we lost under very special circumstances and goals you concede every five years. Maybe it was our concentration levels.’
Or maybe it was the magic of Mkhitaryan. Because you know something, Just one player can Turn around the Psyche and Mood around a club. The Armenian had a blinder and Just six minutes in, fed by Aubamayang, he was dashing down the right and crossing for Ramsey, who walked it into the net. Three minutes passed and his shot fizzed just wide of Jordan Pickford’s goal.
On 15 minutes Ozil’s corner was flicked on by Shkodran Mustafi and his header in turn was met by the diving head of Laurent Koscielny to score. Alex Iwobi and Ozil, with work down the left, carved out the third, with Everton inviting Ramsey to tee up his strike from 20-yards out with the space they afforded him. The unfortunate Mangala deflected it past Pickford. Returnee Man Theo Walcott provided the only first half respite for Everton, out-running his former team-mates, turning inside Nacho Monreal, and shooting only to see his moment ruined by Mustafi’s diving tackle deflecting the striker wide.
Yet you can tell majority of the home fans were eagerly waiting for a goal from the £55m record signing. He had fluffed the first great chance on 32 minutes but that only made the poise and confidence of his finish on 37 minutes all the more admirable.
Yes there was strong suspicion of offside, something assistant ref Con Hatzidakis somehow missed. Still, that aside, Aubameyang announced himself in some style. Played in by Mkhitaryan – him again – and clean through, he opted for the delicate chip over Pickford. It spoke of a self-assurance not evident in centre forwards in these parts since the departure of Robin van Persie.
The Mersey Side Blue team got a consolation by Calvin Lewin but they were already soundly beaten by then.
Arsenal ran away with this one and will be buzzing going into the North London Derby next week. That will be an Acid test for this new Attacking dimension. So Lacazette where does he fit in all this? He would have played some role yesterday if Forced subs due to injuries didn’t take place.
Its on till next week , C’mon you Gunners!