Arsenal hosted Everton on Saturday evening as the Premier League continued. Here are five things we learned from the 5-1 win.
Arsenal were phenomenal in their 5-1 dismantling of Everton on Saturday evening. Quick, precise passing, fluid, interchangeable movement, ruthless, cold-blooded finishing. It was a wonderful collective performance, carving open a hapless, chaotic, unhinged Everton team. It was also the home debuts of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both had a large part to play.
Here is the one thing we learned.
. Is this it for Alexandre Lacazette?
Alexandre Lacazette was dropped for the first game that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was available for selection after his deadline-day signing. Given Arsene Wenger’s notorious hesitance to thrust new signings straight into the line-up, it was an unexpected decision.
However, in his first full match for the Gunners, Aubameyang proceeded to show all of the abilities that moved Arsenal to invest £56 million in his services. His pace was electric, his movement was outstanding, darting into the channels time and time again, and his finish for the fourth goal was clinical, coolly clipping over the onrushing Jordan Pickford.
The question of where Lacazette fits into this side if Wenger continues with a lone-striker-based system is a very real one. He has shown qualities this season that merit further inclusion, but it’s not all that easy to see where that will be. Could it be Europa League or bust for the Frenchman?