Alexis Who? Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Creative Display Against Everton Has Arsenal Fans Purring

The 34-year-old veteran was abysmal during Swansea game and looked a little shaky against Everton as well.

"I met Mkhitaryan before, before he came here, because I always liked his game but he's a player completely focused on football, dedicated totally to the game", Wenger said.

During the winter transfer window, Arsenal saw Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy, Francis Coquelin, Marcus McGuane, Chuba Akpom, Krystian Bielik and Jeff Reine-Adelaide leaving the club.

"We studied how Swansea played (in beating Arsenal 2-1 on Tuesday), how defensively sound they were and how they limited Arsenal to very few chances".

The Chile global, who completed a transfer from Arsenal in a straight swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, made his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup last week, picking up an assist in the contest. It hurts like any defeat but when you go down like that - 4-0 in the first half - it does really hurt.

Arsenal got going early and continued to add on.

Arsenal now possess a strikeforce capable of beating any team in the country and while their top-four hopes may still be faint, anything now seems possible with their new dynamic duo, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.


By recording three assists, Mkhitaryan was able to match the Chilean's personal tally for the Gunners this term with just one start which, of course, went down tremendously with the Arsenal faithful.

If he can keep up this type of form, Arsenal fans will be very happy.

"You can see that he's got electric pace and an eye for goal as well", he said of Aubameyang.

Aubameyang is without a doubt one of the most lethal finishers in the game, but Everton have been handed a huge boost as he won't be likely available for selection. Once again, they can consider themselves lucky, as Aubameyang was clearly offside when played through by Mkhitaryan, but the Gabon international's chipped finish was sublime. "But as I said, I have to work a lot more".

However, any relief Everton might have felt with their consolation goal was wiped out in the 74th minute when Ramsey completed the first hat-trick of his career, literally seconds before he was due to be substituted.

"Maybe our concentration levels weren't at our best but against Crystal Palace we had a great game, against Chelsea we had a great game and we played today with a great game".


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