Aubameyang Sinks Burnley To Maintain Arsenal’s Winning Start

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner again as the Gabon forward sealed a 2-1 victory against Burnley to extend his side’s perfect start to the Premier League season on Saturday.

Aubameyang had netted the only goal in last weekend’s win at Newcastle and he emulated that crucial contribution with another decisive strike at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette’s first goal of the season had given Arsenal the lead before Ashley Barnes equalised for Burnley just before half-time.

It was an encouraging afternoon for Arsenal manager Unai Emery as his widely written-off team continued to bounce back from their dismal end to last season.

Failing to finish in the top four and losing the Europa League final against Chelsea robbed Arsenal of a Champions League place and led to a summer of recriminations as fans vented their frustrations.

But Emery has quietly assembled a more vibrant squad than he had in his troubled first campaign.

With two successive wins to start the season for the first time in 10 years, the early signs are promising for Arsenal ahead of sterner tests against Liverpool and Tottenham in their next two games.

As well as goals for Arsenal’s two main strikers, there was a virtuoso performance from on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, who had two assists in his first start.

Club record signing Nicolas Pepe impressed after coming off the bench as half-time and although former Chelsea defender David Luiz was hardly rock solid on his debut, Emery’s back four did enough to keep Burnley at bay.

Mesut Ozil was again absent from the Gunners squad after the German midfielder was ill earlier this week.

Ozil missed the Newcastle match because of “further security fears” after being involved in a carjacking incident with team-mate Sead Kolasinac in July.

But Ozil’s absence wasn’t a hinderance against a Burnley team who suffered their eighth successive loss at the Emirates.

Lacazette, back from an ankle injury that meant he was only a substitute at Newcastle, came close to putting Arsenal in front when he met a Sokratis flick with a close-range header that Nick Pope tipped over.

Deft Touch

It was only a temporary reprieve for Burnley as Emery’s side took the lead from the resulting corner in the 13th minute.

Ceballos’s corner reached Lacazette at the near post and he showed impressive strength to hold off Erik Pieters as he turned away from a gaggle of Burnley defenders, his determined effort sending him slipping to the turf but not before he guided his shot through Pope’s legs.

Ceballos showed a deft touch and quick feet to escape the attentions of his marker, drawing a huge cheer from the Arsenal fans who are already comparing him to Gunners great Cesc Fabregas.

Reiss Nelson squandered a chance to double Arsenal’s lead when he fired too close to Pope, who also denied Matteo Guendouzi after another attack sliced through the Burnley defence.

But Burnley drew level in the 43rd minute when Dwight McNeil’s shot deflected to Barnes and he took advantage of Arsenal’s sloppy marking to poke home from close range for his third goal of the season.

Nelson had a goal ruled out for offside against Nacho Monreal moments later in what proved to be the young winger’s last contribution before he was replaced by Pepe at half-time.

Pope was in fine form and he pushed away Ceballos’s shot from the edge of the area, but even the Burnley keeper couldn’t stem the tide forever.

In the 64th minute, Ceballos tenaciously won possession and found Aubameyang, who accelerated towards the Burnley area.

With Burnley’s defenders backing off, Aubameyang had time and space to drill a blistering strike past Pope, sparking a fevered touchline celebration from Emery as Arsenal’s early-season momentum gathered pace.

African Trio Share Premier League Golden Boot

 

The race to be crowned the English Premier League’s leading scorer this season ended in a three-way tie on Sunday as the African trio of Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot.

Gabon forward Aubameyang scored twice for Arsenal at Burnley to join Salah and his Liverpool teammate Mane, who netted a final-day double against Wolves, on 22 goals for the Premier League season.

Sergio Aguero, of champions Manchester City, was next in line with 21 goals.

Salah has now won the award two seasons in a row but this term’s winning tally was the lowest by players in English football’s top-flight since 2010/11 when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez shared the Golden Boot with 20 goals apiece.

Aubameyang was delighted to be a member of an all-African trio of winners, saying in quotes reported by the BBC: “I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that’s cool.

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“I am happy we won, and I am sharing this trophy with two other guys I like.

“My teammates knew about the Golden Boot, I said nothing. I did not want them to play and only focus on me. I am a team player.”

For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp there was the satisfaction of knowing he had a played a part in the careers of all three of this season’s Golden Boot winners, having signed Aubameyang from Saint-Etienne in 2013 when he was in charge of Dortmund.

“Auba too? Do they have three boots?” said Klopp, who suffered the last-day heartache of seeing Liverpool finish just one point behind City.

“It is good. They are all my players,” the German added.

Salah scored 32 league goals last season, a record for a 38-game Premier League campaign.

The 26-year-old is the sixth player to win the Golden Boot award in consecutive seasons.

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Arsenal Move Into Top Four With Victory Over 10-Man Watford

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on April 15, 2019.
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Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday.

Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international.

Watford captain Troy Deeney was then shown a straight red card after just 11 minutes, but the Gunners failed to make the most of their man advantage and were fortunate as the hosts twice hit the woodwork.

However, Unai Emery’s men held out for a first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season to move ahead of Chelsea on goal difference into fourth.

Arsenal also edges to within a point of north London rivals Tottenham and two clear of Manchester United in the four-way battle for the two remaining Champions League places behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

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FA Cup finalists Watford were already shorn of the man who helped book their place at Wembley against Manchester City next month as Gerard Deulofeu missed out through injury and Javi Gracia’s side did themselves little favours early on.

Firstly, Foster dallied as Aubameyang closed in to concede a comical opener.

And within seconds, Deeney was punished for an elbow into the face of Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal now has just three days to prepare for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final away to Napoli and should have ensured an easier finish.

Aubameyang saw another effort deflected behind at the end of a sweeping counter-attack, while Foster also turned over a fierce Alex Iwobi shot.

However, the 10 men were still causing problems to a defensively vulnerable Arsenal at the other end.

Craig Cathcart’s shot was turned onto the post by Bernd Leno and the German goalkeeper was also a full stretch to turn an Etienne Capoue free-kick behind.

Emery introduced Mesut Ozil at half-time in an attempt to improve Arsenal’s final ball with so much space to counter-attack into, but to little avail.

Iwobi looked to have provided the perfect cross to pick out Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Foster made amends for his earlier error by spreading himself to make a brilliant save from the Armenian.

Arsenal’s terrible away record is why they face such a tight battle to secure Champions League football next season.

And they could have thrown just a second away league win since November away as Adam Masina crashed a 25-yard strike off the crossbar before Andre Gray miscontrolled Daryl Janmaat’s pass when clean through on Leno.

Gray was then denied by a last-ditch challenge from Ainsley Maitland-Niles after rounding Leno, but without the firepower of Deulofeu and Deeney, Watford’s brave effort fell just short.

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Aubameyang Shines As Arsenal Beat Burnley 3-1

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) shoots past Burnley’s English defender Ben Mee to score their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 22, 2018. Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against Burnley on Saturday after Mesut Ozil was restored to the starting line-up as captain.

Aubameyang’s two goals moved him clear of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the Premier League’s leading goalscorer and kept Arsenal firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish.

His 11th and 12th strikes of the season gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead against Sean Dyche’s battling Burnley, who got back into the game through Ashley Barnes and rattled their hosts at times before substitute Alex Iwobi scored late on.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said he expected a tough physical battle against Burnley, who are mired in the relegation zone after finishing seventh last season.

“Physicality is part of football and you need to be strong,” he told Sky Sports. “Both teams needed to impose themselves physically and with quality. We imposed our game plan and we are pleased with this.”

And Emery praised Ozil for his contribution to the win, saying he played “very well, very well”.  “We want Mesut like today,” he added.

Arsenal, who remain fifth in the Premier League, had gone 22 matches unbeaten in all competitions before last weekend’s defeat to Southampton and loss at home to Tottenham in their midweek League Cup quarter-final clash.

Former Germany international Ozil has been on the fringes of Emery’s team in recent weeks but was quickly into the thick of the action at the Emirates, playing a key role in Aubameyang’s opener.

That goal helped end a statistical quirk as it meant Arsenal led at half-time of a Premier League game for the first time this season.

Ozil was not in the squad for Wednesday’s match against Spurs and had not started in the league since November 11.

 Arsenal changes 

He was one of six changes from last week’s defeat at Southampton as Alexandre Lacazette was recalled, Sead Kolasinac started following a thigh problem and Mohamed Elneny came in for his first Premier League action of the campaign.

The 30-year-old Ozil was a mainstay in the Gunners side under previous manager Arsene Wenger but Emery has shown he has no issue with keeping the club’s highest-paid player on the sidelines.

Ozil’s lack of game-time, partly due to a back problem, has led to rumours linking him with a January move away from the club.

Both sides had early chances in the first match of the day in the Premier League but the Gunners took the lead following a delightful move in the 14th minute.

Arsenal toyed with the Burnley defence, looking for an opening, until Ozil played an incisive pass with his left-foot that found Kolasinac, whose cutback was steered home by Aubameyang.

Emery has been struggling for fit defenders and his cause was not helped as Nacho Monreal, only recently back from a hamstring injury, limped off before the interval to be replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Gabon international Aubameyang pulled ahead of Salah in the goalscoring charts in the 48th minute, smashing the ball high past Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart after a swift counter-attack.

Barnes pulled a goal back for the visitors after Arsenal failed to clear in the 63rd minute and the home fans grew increasingly nervous as Burnley pushed for an equaliser but they sealed the win in added time, when Iwobi pounced after good work again by Ozil.

“Overall today I think we deserved something from the game,” a disappointed Dyche told Sky Sports. “We gave away soft goals and we have to get out of that habit but we were a game for them.”

Why Arsenal Fought Back, Beat Tottenham – Aubameyang

Why Arsenal Fought Back, Beat Tottenham – Aubameyang
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 2, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said Arsenal were confident they could fight back against Tottenham despite seeing their early lead wiped out at the Emirates on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s side extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches in all competitions after battling back from 2-1 down at half-time in the Premier League thriller to win 4-2.

Aubameyang’s penalty had put Arsenal ahead before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick gave Tottenham the lead at the break.

Arsenal hit back in thrilling style.

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Aubameyang levelled the scores at 2-2 with a superb long-range equaliser before Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.

“After the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down, but at half-time we were confident,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.

“We spoke, we knew that we can do it in the second half. With the fans, the atmosphere, we felt strong and could go for the win.

“I think we can see always in the second half we played very well, we don’t give up. That’s the mentality.”

The win lifts Arsenal above Tottenham into fourth in the table, but Aubameyang said that was not the main concern.

“The most important thing is the present right now,” he said. “We are looking of course to continue this series. We are still winning games and we’re on an unbeaten run so we have to keep going.”

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Aubameyang Winner Extends Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on November 25, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Unai Emery claimed Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth was a big moment in their season after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended the Gunners’ unbeaten run to 17 matches.

Emery’s side took the lead through Jefferson Lerma’s bizarre own goal before Josh King equalised on the stroke of half-time at Dean Court on Sunday.

Aubameyang netted his eighth league goal of the season midway through the second half to lift the fifth-placed Gunners within a point of the top four in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“It is an important result. We knew this is a difficult stadium, a difficult team,” Emery said.

The north Londoners have been revitalised since Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the close-season and the Spaniard passed another test with this victory.

After three successive home draws against Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon and Wolves, it was essential that Arsenal got back to winning ways.

“Today is 17 matches we haven’t lost, but the last three matches we drew,” Emery said.

“We know that is not enough for us, for our objectives. We were speaking during the week and above all in the two days before the match that it was very important.

“The three points is a big moment for us. The result is very important but also we spoke in the dressing room after the first half, when they scored, about the process in our mentality.”

Emery left German playmaker Mesut Ozil on the bench and was without French striker Alexandre Lacazette due to a groin injury.

But Arsenal were still strong enough to consign Bournemouth to a third successive defeat as Emery’s decision to switch to a back three for the first time paid dividends.

“We are finding our best performance with the system, with the players and with the combination,” Emery said.

“The most important thing for us is to find the balance consistently in defensive moments because we are conceding more goals than we want. We need to improve.”

Bournemouth thought they were ahead early on, but David Brooks was flagged offside as he slotted home King’s through ball.

Arsenal went up the other end and Lucas Torreira rattled the foot of the post with a fierce shot, with Alex Iwobi only able to lash the rebound high and wide.

Arsenal took the lead in the 30th minute when Lerma accidently volleyed Sead Kolasinac’s cross past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as he stretched in a failed attempt to clear.

Iwobi drew a smart stop out of Begovic as the visitors looked to double their advantage before the break, but instead their run of not leading at half-time this season continued.

Cardiff are the only other top-flight side yet to hold a half-time lead in the league this season and King’s smart finish with the last meaningful kick of the opening 45 minutes ensured Bournemouth went in level.

When Aubameyang spurned a good chance after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had rolled in his team-mate, Arsenal fans began to call for the introduction of Ozil.

But the supporters who made the trip to the south coast were celebrating the lead in the 67th minute.

Aubameyang made amends for his earlier miss, sliding in to score from another Kolasinac cross.

Ryan Fraser shot straight at Bernd Leno as Bournemouth chased a second equaliser.

Lerma almost atoned for his own goal but struck a post before Leno had to be alert to push the ball behind from Sokratis’ deflection.

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Mourning Aubameyang Absent As Gabon Lose On Penalties

FILE PHOTO Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacting during a German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Dortmund, western Germany. 
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Grieving Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing as Gabon lost 4-2 on penalties to hosts Thailand on Thursday after a 0-0 draw in a Bangkok tournament semi-final.

The 28-year-old recent signing from Borussia Dortmund withdrew from the “Panthers” squad at the last minute after his grandmother died in Spain.

In a moving social media tribute, 2015 African Footballer of the Year Aubameyang said: “You gave me so much love, you learned me so many things.

“I speak Spanish because of you. I’m proud to be your little son. One last Kiss to tell you goodbye.”

Gabon also lacked defender Bruno Ecuele Manga and winger Denis Bouanga, who preferred to concentrate on club careers in Europe.

The central Africans made a bad start to the shootout before a 25,000 crowd with the Thai goalkeeper saving their first two penalties.

Thailand are coached by Serb Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

Gabon will play the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for third place before Thailand meet Slovakia in the final.

Algeria is not a happy hunting ground for Tanzania, whose latest visit resulted in a 4-1 friendly defeat in Algiers.

The last time Tanzania played in the north African country, they were humiliated 7-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Blida.

After conceding an early goal, Tanzania levelled through Shiza Kichuya only to trail 2-1 at half-time when Shomari Kapombe conceded an own-goal.

Carl Medjani put Algeria two goals ahead and Baghdad Bounedjah scored his second of the match to complete a convincing victory.

Cyrille Bayala and Aristide Bance netted within three minutes during the first half to give Burkina Faso a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in France.

Kevin Bru from English second-tier club Ipswich Town scored after 18 minutes as Mauritius won 1-0 in Macau.

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Three African Footballers Of The Year Top Goal Scorers In European Leagues

Salah Hits 32nd Goal Of Season As Liverpool Go Second
FILE PHOTO Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England 
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Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — the last three African Footballers of the Year — were among the scorers in the major European leagues at the weekend.

Egyptian Salah netted for the seventh consecutive match as Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-0 and Algerian Mahrez struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw for Leicester against Bournemouth

Gabonese Aubameyang scored for Arsenal, but could not prevent a 2-1 Premier League loss at Brighton.

ENGLAND

MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

Scored his 32nd goal of a remarkable season as he grabbed the opener in Liverpool’s eventual 2-0 win at home to Newcastle. Controlling a pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he shot powerfully through the legs of Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka with his left.

RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester)

His season threatened to become known solely for the breakdown of a move from Leicester, the 2016 champions, to champions-elect Manchester City, but the playmaker reminded Foxes fans of his quality as a footballer courtesy of a stunning equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. In the seventh minute of injury-time and from 25 yards out, Mahrez curled a free-kick around the wall and beyond keeper Asmir Begovic to score a sublime goal.

JORDAN AYEW (Swansea)

Together with his brother Andre, he gave the defence of West Ham — Andre’s former club — a torrid time as Swansea swept their visitors from London aside to win 4-1 in south Wales. It was Andre’s first start since his $25 million (20 million euros) move back to the Liberty Stadium and the Ghanaians completed a memorable afternoon’s work when Andre won a penalty that Jordan converted for the Swans’ fourth goal.

VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea)

Had the misfortune to be run ragged by Leroy Sane as Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the table to 18 points with a 1-0 win over Chelsea. One consolation for Nigeria wing-back Moses is that he’s unlikely to have to mark anyone else in Sane’s class during the rest of the Premier League season.

SPAIN

NORDIN AMRABAT (Leganes)

The 30-year-old Dutch-born Amrabat scored Leganes’s second goal in the 2-0 home win over bottom club Malaga in the 62nd minute. He had been booked in the first half of the match against a team where he spent the 2015-2016 season. The Moroccan international is on loan from Watford.

GERMANY

LEON BALOGUN (Mainz)

Mainz had Nigeria defender Balogun sent off for a second yellow card in a 0-0 draw at Hamburg when he fouled Luca Waldschmidt in the area on 61 minutes. The referee pointed to the spot, but the weak kick was saved by goalkeeper Florian Mueller on his Bundesliga debut.

NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)

Leipzig took the lead when Liverpool-bound Guinean Keita, back after a thigh injury, played a pass through Borussia Dortmund’s defence which Jean-Kevin Augustin tucked away on 29 minutes. Germany winger Marco Reus equalised just before the break.

FRANCE

WAHBI KHAZRI/ISMAILA SARR (Rennes)

The Tunisia playmaker scored for the third game in a row as Rennes climbed to fifth courtesy of a 2-0 win at Amiens. Moments after rattling the crossbar with a first-half free-kick, Khazri latched onto a long punt upfield and slotted away his team-leading ninth goal of the season via a healthy deflection. Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr then sealed a victory for Rennes four minutes from the end.

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Ramsey Hits Hat-trick As Arsenal Sink Everton

Ramsey Hits Hat-trick As Arsenal Sink Everton
Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (C) celebrates scoring the team’s third goal during the football match against Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 3, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Aaron Ramsey hit a hat-trick for Arsenal in a swaggering 5-1 rout of woeful Everton on Saturday as the club’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut.

Aubameyang vowed to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after arriving from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million ($79 million, 63 million euros) this week.

While it is too soon for such lofty comparisons, the Gabon striker certainly made the perfect first impression at the Emirates Stadium.

Aubameyang, recovered from an illness that had placed his debut in doubt, capped an exhilarating first half from Arsenal with a composed finish to put his side four goals ahead.

Ramsey had opened the scoring and Laurent Koscielny increased Arsenal’s lead before Ramsey struck again to make it three goals in the first 19 minutes.

Aubameyang’s lively debut was aided by three assists from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his first Arsenal start.

Wales midfielder Ramsey completed his treble in the second half and the only angst for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was the sight of goalkeeper Petr Cech limping off injured.

Sixth-placed Arsenal are now five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Watford on Monday, in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.

Wenger had bemoaned Arsenal’s defending in their wretched 3-1 loss at Swansea on Tuesday, but the two changes he made were both attack-minded as Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan came in.

Aubameyang replaced misfiring France striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has only one goal in his last 12 appearances.

Lacazette had been Arsenal’s record signing until the Aubameyang swoop, but while he has struggled to live up to expectations, Aubameyang quickly set about repaying his hefty transfer fee — with help from an old friend.

Mkhitaryan was making his home debut after arriving from Manchester United as part of the deal that sent Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan rarely showed his best form with United, but he and Aubameyang had formed a deadly double act during their time at Dortmund and they were back in the groove as Arsenal took a sixth-minute lead.

When Aubameyang slipped a pass into Mkhitaryan, the midfielder whipped over a superb cross that invited Ramsey, timing his run perfectly, to slot past Jordan Pickford from close-range for his first goal since October.

– Aubameyang joins party –

Mkhitaryan went close to doubling Arsenal’s lead moments later with a fierce strike that whistled wide from the edge of the area.

Lethargic Everton were unable to stem the tide and Wenger’s men didn’t have to wait long to claim their second goal in the 14th minute.

Shkodran Mustafi met Mesut Ozil’s corner with a header towards the far post, where Koscielny stooped to head home from close-range.

Everton’s dismal display was ruining Sam Allardyce’s 500th match as a Premier League manager and there was worse to come in the 19th minute.

Afforded time and space by Everton’s statuesque rearguard, Ramsey unloaded a 25-yard strike that took a deflection off Toffees debutant Eliaquim Mangala on its way past the wrong-footed Pickford.

With Arsenal threatening every time they went forward, Aubameyang, who also scored on his Bundesliga debut, was able to join the party in the 37th minute.

Mkhitaryan’s pass split the Everton defence and, although Aubameyang looked offside, the linesman’s flag stayed down as the debutant clipped a deft finish over Pickford.

It was another remarkable goal blitz from Arsenal, who scored four times in the first 22 minutes of their previous home league game against Crystal Palace.

Everton’s capitulation made it a depressing return for Theo Walcott, who was subbed midway through the second half of his first return to Arsenal since his January transfer.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin got one back for Everton with a 64th header, but there was still time for Ramsey to strike again with a low finish from Mkhitaryan’s pass in the 74th minute.

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Aubameyang Opens Arsenal Goalscoring Account On Debut

Aubameyang Opens Arsenal Goalscoring Account On Debut
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) scores the team’s fourth goal past Everton’s English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during a football match at the Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his Arsenal debut with a goal as the club’s record signing netted in the first half of their Premier League clash against Everton on Saturday.

Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in a £56 million ($79 million, 63 million euros) switch on Wednesday.

And the Gabon striker, who shook off an illness to start at the Emirates Stadium, needed only 37 minutes to showcase the predatory instincts that made him such a hit in the Bundesliga.

With Arsenal already leading 3-0, Aubameyang raced onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass and clipped a deft finish over Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before soaking up the acclaim of his new fans.

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Arsenal Offer 50m Euros For Dortmund’s Aubameyang

Arsenal Offer 50m Euros For Dortmund's Aubameyang
File photo

 

Arsenal have reportedly had a first offer of 50 million euros ($61.1 million) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected by his German club Borussia Dortmund, according to Kicker magazine on Saturday.

Aubameyang, last season’s top scorer in the German league with 31 goals, has been dropped by Dortmund for the last two games amid speculation he is chasing a move to the Premier League club.

Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Dortmund will not accept less than 60 million euros for Gabon hot-shot Aubameyang, who is under contract with Borussia until 2021, reports say.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed to SID, an AFP subsidiary, that there has now been contact with Arsenal, but said reports of a possible fee are “speculation” and “the first contact has not been about money”.

Aubameyang was dropped for Dortmund’s draws with Wolfsburg last Sunday and at Hertha Berlin on Friday after failing to attend a team meeting, and the club say he has lacked “focus” in training.

His father, also his agent, was said to be in London this week to try to push through a transfer to Arsenal.

Aubameyang trained hard alongside Dortmund’s reserves for an hour on Saturday.

His tempo was noticeably higher than it had been having been dropped by Stoeger for Friday’s draw after the head coach thought the striker had been distracted in the final session before the Bundesliga match in Berlin.

On Friday, while his club was drawing in Berlin, Aubameyang played a kick-about game indoors with his friends in Dortmund.

German daily Bild report that he wore a Dortmund shirt bearing the name of Ousmane Dembele, who transferred to Barcelona in August after going on strike to force the German club to sell him for 105 million euros.

Before the draw in Berlin, Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc said Aubameyang was still in the club’s future plans, providing he changed his behaviour.

“There’s a way back into the team for him, but professionalism is part of that, which includes saying you’ve made a mistake in one situation or another,” added Zorc.

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Dortmund Deny Contact With Arsenal For Aubameyang

(Files) Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Up) and Bayern Munich´s defender Niklas Suele vie for the ball during a football match Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich in Dortmund, western Germany, on November 4, 2017. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Borussia Dortmund said Thursday they have had no contact with Arsenal amidst reports their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing a move to the Premier League giants.

Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre has reportedly been in London this week to negotiate a transfer for the Gabon hot-shot.

According to German magazine Kicker, Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for last season’s top-scorer in the German league.

Aubameyang has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season, but was disciplined by the club last Sunday for the third time in 16 months after failing to attend a team meeting.

On Thursday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Aubameyang’s ‘strong character’, which did not go down well with Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc.

“We find it respectless to talk about a player from another club,” said Zorc, who added that Aubameyang has this week ‘trained well and is focused’ on regaining his Dortmund place.

“There has been no contact with Arsenal and we assume Arsene Wenger has enough to do worrying about the performances of his own players.”

Aubameyang had a contract at Dortmund until 2021.

It remains to be seen whether he is named in the starting side for Friday’s Bundesliga clash at Hertha Berlin.

Swedish teenager Alexander Isak, 18, made only his third German league appearance when he took Aubameyang’s place for last Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg, but the team struggled to finish their chances.

“He is definitely an option,” head coach Peter Stoeger said of Aubameyang.

“He could play, but it is obvious that he has to put his foot down in training and show up well.

“He can decide for himself, with his attitude, whether he will be considered and I plan on using him, if he works hard.”

AFP