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Full-time: Arsenal 5-1 Everton

  • Arsenal notch four times in the opening 19 minutes in a resounding Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium
  • Aaron Ramsey opens the scoring by sweeping a Henrikh Mkhitaryan delivery under Jordan Pickford
  • Laurent Koscielny heads in at the back post after a Mesut Ozil corner is flicked on by Shkodran Mustafi
  • Ramsey scores a quick-fire second when his hopeful shot deflects in off Toffees debutant Eliaquim Mangala
  • Debutant Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dinks home Mkhitaryan's pass to register his first Gunners goal from an offside position
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin reduces the deficit after the interval with a header from a Cuco Martina delivery
  • Ramsey completes a first career hat-trick by driving in another Mkhitaryan cross after goalkeeper Petr Cech limps off injured
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Join IBTimes UK again tomorrow afternoon for live coverage of that heavyweight contest between Liverpool and Tottenham at Anfield.

Until then, it's goodbye.

That result leaves Arsenal, who take on Tottenham next weekend before two Europa League last-32 ties against Ostersunds and the Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City, three points adrift of fifth-place Spurs before their north London rivals travel to Liverpool tomorrow.

Everton sit 10th, seven points above the relegation zone. They host Crystal Palace next.

A thumping win for Arsenal, who were simply irresistible in the first half and took full advantage of some truly abject defending.

A first career hat-trick for Ramsey, a debut goal for Aubameyang and three assists on his full debut for Mkhitaryan. Not too shabby.

Everton improved after the break, particularly with the introductions of Davies and Calvert-Lewin, although the substitution of Walcott was a bit of a head-scratcher. They have conceded 10 goals in their two league fixtures against the Gunners this season.


Arsenal 5-1 Everton

In Germany, Everton loanee Ademola Lookman looks to have netted a late winner on his debut for RB Leipzig against Borussia Monchengladbach....


Davies earns a late Everton corner. The ball is worked short before a hopeful long-range drive from Bolasie is easily saved by Ospina.

Just the two minutes of added time to be played at the end of this more competitive second half.

Alex Iwobi tracks back to thwart Bolasie before Calvert-Lewin pushes his body back and attempts to buy a penalty off Mustafi.

Referee Swarbrick is not interested.

Tosun shoots wide and an unmarked Calvert-Lewin drags a shot well past the post after being nicely picked out by Davies.

Kolasinac concedes the corner but this time Ospina holds comfortably.


With his treble now complete, Ramsey's race is run. Wilshere takes the field.

In the opposite dugout, Allardyce sends on January signing Cenk Tosun in place of Niasse.

Any slim chance that Everton may have had of keeping this scoreline respectable goes out of the window.

Martina cuts out a pass from Monreal and Calvert-Lewin's attempts to keep the ball in play on the far side only benefit Mkhitaryan, who scoops up possession before providing a perfect pull-back that is swept in by Ramsey.

A hat-trick of goals for Ramsey and as many assists from Mkhitaryan.

Aaron Ramsey

Goal: Arsenal 5-1 Everton (Aaron Ramsey)

Ramsey overruns the ball at one end before Ospina makes a mess of an attempted punch at an Everton corner.

Not a confident start from the Colombian.

Cech has not been moving well since that collision with Niasse and requires more attention from the Arsenal medical team.

He eventually limps off to be replaced by deputy David Ospina. Looked like a calf issue.

To Everton's credit, they have been much improved since the break.

Davies works the ball out left to Martina, who floats in a cross that is just too high for Niasse.

However, substitute Calvert-Lewin rises above Kolasinac to nod in his eighth goal of the season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Goal: Arsenal 4-1 Everton (Dominic Calvert-Lewin)

A warm reception from the whole stadium as Walcott, probably Everton's best player this evening, heads to the bench with an hour played.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin enters the fray.

Walcott causes panic with another cross into the Arsenal box. The hosts then break quickly and Mkhitaryan shoots straight at Pickford.

Oceans of space there for Ozil and co to operate in. Everton's midfield were nowhere to be seen.

Mustafi makes another strong block to stop Walcott from reducing the deficit.

Walcott then produces a superb early cross for Niasse, who peels off Mustafi and sends a left-footed effort against the post.

Cech looks to have hurt himself while bravely challenging the Everton forward and will need some treatment.

Mustafi takes out Niasse and picks up both a knock and a yellow card for his troubles.

Walcott's free-kick is headed behind by Xhaka.

One change apiece at the interval as Monreal and Keane make way for Sead Kolasinac and Tom Davies.

Arsenal suggest the former has another slight knock.

Just the THREE tackles from Everton throughout the whole of that first 45 minutes. Unbelievable.

Arsenal tore Everton to shreds during that first half with some wonderful, incisive passing football and clinical finishing. A debut goal for Aubameyang, a brace from Ramsey and two assists already for Mkhitaryan, who has been superb.

The less said about the visitors' insipid, disjointed and passive performance the better. Their defending has been utterly shambolic to say the least.


Arsenal 4-0 Everton

Ozil looks miffed after a breakdown in communication with Xhaka costs him the chance to fire another effort on goal from inside the Everton box.

Cech races off his line to punch clear an Everton free-kick from the left.

Two minutes of added time to play before the mother of all half-time hairdryers from Allardyce.


The woodwork temporarily saves Everton from further humiliation as Monreal heads Xhaka's corner into the ground and off the post.

Everton cannot escape their own penalty area and Keane blocks from Monreal after an initial woeful clearance.

The former Borussia Dortmund connection pays off as Mkhitaryan takes one touch and plays in Aubameyang, who lifts the ball over Pickford to record his first goal for Arsenal.

Replays show he was clearly offside.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Goal: Arsenal 4-0 Everton (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)

Mkhitaryan is caught by a stray arm from Bolasie and stays down in some discomfort. Arsenal's new no.7 looks OK to continue.

Searing pace from Aubameyang to collect a searching pass from Ozil and run through on the Everton goal, where he is denied a first in Arsenal colours by the legs of Pickford.

A sensational last-ditch block from Mustafi denies Walcott a goal on his Emirates return. Williams almost makes the subsequent corner count.

Finally some life from the visitors.

Arsenal's man of the moment...

Aaron Ramsey

Cuco Martina volleys wide for shell-shocked Everton and Koscielny has his name taken for a poor sliding challenge on Oumar Niasse.

Make that 3-0 in just 19 minutes. Ramsey's strike from the edge of the box takes a big deflection off Mangala and wrong-foots Pickford, who is unable to make the necessary adjustment.

Arsenal rampant. Everton hopeless.

Goal: Arsenal 3-0 Everton (Aaron Ramsey)

Nacho Monreal's shot deflects wide off an unsuspecting Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka is fortunate to avoid a yellow card for a foul on former teammate Walcott.

So, so easy for Arsenal, who double their advantage before the 15-minute mark.

Ozil's corner is flicked on by the determined Mustafi and fellow defender Koscielny is free to head in at the back post.

Everton all over the place.

Laurent Koscielny

Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Everton (Laurent Koscielny)

Williams deflects an Aubameyang shot behind after great work from Ozil. Arsenal's new-look attack are playing some lovely stuff so far.

Having already provided an assist, Mkhitaryan comes close to marking his full Arsenal debut with a goal.

With Kenny caught out of position, the Armenian playmaker cuts inside from the left and drifts beyond Michael Keane before firing narrowly wide of the post.

Just six minutes on the clock and Everton's defence is breached.

Ozil and Aubameyang combine nicely before Mkhitaryan provides a low cross that is steered under Jordan Pickford by Ramsey.

Both new signings involved in that early goal. Perfect start for Wenger.

Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Everton (Aaron Ramsey)

Arsenal probing for an opening now after some early Everton pressure.

Williams fouls Mkhitaryan close to the edge of the box and Ozil's free-kick hits the wall before being cleared by Schneiderlin.

Neil Swarbrick gets the game underway and almost instantly Shkodran Mustafi is nearly caught in possession by Bolasie.

Unlike at Swansea, this time Petr Cech makes good contact with the clearance. A shaky start from Arsenal's much-maligned backline.


All eyes will be on this man this evening...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Mangala makes his debut for Everton as Phil Jagielka drops out of the matchday squad altogether.

Jonjoe Kenny comes in for Coleman, while Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin and Yannick Bolasie replace Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney.

Five changes in total from Allardyce.

So Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan both start for Arsenal, with Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette dropping to the bench.

Wilshere is fit enough to be named among the substitutes.


It looks like Aubameyang will be making his debut this afternoon after all...


Everton could hand a quick debut to centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, who joined on loan from Manchester City in the final knockings of transfer deadline day.

Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg are all out, while Allardyce must decide whether Seamus Coleman is ready to play two matches in the space of four days.

The Republic of Ireland captain returned from 10 months out with a broken leg to play the full 90 minutes and earn man-of-the-match honours against Leicester. His effort was lauded as being "almost superhuman" by the manager, who will be eager to ensure that there are no setbacks.

Seamus Coleman
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Arsene Wenger said the medical department would need to assess Aubameyang, who has been suffering from sickness and a fever and may have to wait until next Saturday's north London derby to make his Arsenal bow.

Jack Wilshere is also doubtful due to a similar bout of illness, while Danny Welbeck (hip) remains sidelined along with long-term absentee Santi Cazorla (achilles).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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It's certainly safe to say that it's been something of a mixed week as far as Arsenal are concerned, with a truly wretched Tuesday night defeat to relegation-threatened Swansea - one that prolonged their awful away run - followed by that confirmed deal for prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a new £350,000-a-week contract for Mesut Ozil.

The sixth-place Gunners, who are now eight points adrift of the top four after a sequence of only three wins in 11 Premier League matches, could be without the former this evening due to illness although do look poised to hand a first league start to fellow newcomer Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are also set to encounter a very familiar face in the form of Theo Walcott, who netted twice in midweek to help Everton end a seven-match winless run against Leicester at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have struggled badly on the road against last season's top six and Sam Allardyce, taking charge of his 500th Premier League game today, has failed to win on any of his last 13 top-flight trips to the Emirates Stadium.

An embarrassing 5-2 loss in the reverse fixture on Merseyside in October proved to be the death knell for Ronald Koeman's spell in charge.

Stay tuned for all the latest team news and live updates after kick-off at 17.30 GMT.