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Ramsey, Mkhitaryan 10/10 as Arsenal thrash sorry Everton 5-1

Having lost 3-1 to Swansea on Tuesday, Arsenal had to get back to winning ways against Everton today and a couple of hat-tricks sent them on their way to a 5-1 win.

Aaron Ramsey scored three times and new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided three assists on his home debut, with one of them setting up fellow new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who marked his debut with an excellent goal.

It was a performance similar to the 4-1 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, with the Gunners racing into an early lead and then into the break 4-0 up. It made the second half a bit flat but it's a very small complaint to have on a day when you win as convincingly as they did.

The new men really added something to the side and although Everton spoiled the mood slightly by getting one back via Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ramsey's third added extra gloss to what was already a good day.

Positives

Three points, three Ramsey goals, three Mkhitaryan assists, a debut goal for Aubameyang and some of the best football Arsenal have played this season. They badly needed to win today and they did so in some style.

Negatives

Arsenal will sweat over an injury to Petr Cech, who was hurt in a clash with Oumar Niasse, but aside from conceding a goal there was little to complain about.

Manager rating out of 10

9 -- Wenger's team selection raised some eyebrows before kick-off with the inclusion of Granit Xhaka leading to questions, but you cannot argue with a 5-1 win and the players people had doubts over performed extremely well.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Petr Cech, 7 -- He had little to do really but his wait for that 200th clean sheet continues. It was clearly on his mind as he stayed on despite being hurt but as soon as the goal was conceded he came off.

DF Hector Bellerin, 7 -- Worked well down the right and enjoyed the support he got from Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan.

DF Laurent Koscielny, 8 -- Grabbed himself another goal as he and Shkodran Mustafi dealt with almost everything Everton had to offer.

DF Shkodran Mustafi, 8 -- Made one incredible block in the first half to deny Theo Walcott a goal on his return to the Emirates and got an assist for his central defensive partner. On his good days, he's very good. Consistency now the key.

DF Nacho Monreal, 7 -- As consistent as ever but seemed to pick up a hamstring strain in the first period, which will be a worry as Sead Kolasinac doesn't look up the pace of the Premier League at the moment.

MF Granit Xhaka, 8 -- After a dismal display against Swansea, he was given a chance to make amends by Arsene Wenger and although he wasn't spectacular, he was solid, worked hard, passed it well and helped glue the midfield together.

Ramsey was superb in midfield and showed that this reworked Arsenal side can still be successful.

MF Aaron Ramsey, 10 -- Having lost Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Walcott in January, Arsenal need to make up the goals and Aubameyang can't do it all on his own. The Welsh international scored an excellent hat-trick, and his all round game was superb.

MF Alex Iwobi, 8 -- Like Xhaka he was perhaps fortunate to start today but did show why Wenger loves him with an excellent showing, including an assist and some adventurous passing.

MF Mesut Ozil, 8 -- Only Xhaka made more passes and some of the Germany international's interchanges with the new boys showed the potential of this new-look Arsenal attack.

MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 10 -- Three assists on your home debut is a great way to announce yourself at a new club. The former Borussia Dortmund man looks like he's going to enjoy the kind of football Arsenal want to play.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 8 -- It's great to see an Arsenal striker with real pace, and the quality of his finish was just top class. A goal on his debut takes the pressure off.

Substitutes

DF Sead Kolasinac, 6 -- Came on for Monreal but you can see why he's not being picked at the moment. His passing is well below what's required and he was caught out for their goal.

GK David Ospina, NR -- Replaced the injured Cech, had more or less nothing to do in the final 20 minutes.

MF Jack Wilshere, NR -- Came on for hat-trick hero Ramsey in the final 15 minutes and by that point, the game was well and truly won.

Andrew Mangan is one of ESPN FC's Arsenal bloggers. You can follow him on Twitter: @arseblog.

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