Arsenal put in a smooth performance to earn a 5-2 win over 10-man Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Everton 2 Arsenal 5
Rooney curls Everton ahead
Monreal and Ozil strike back
Gueye sent off
Lacazette, Ramsey, Sanchez, all on target
Despite Arsenal starting the match with more purpose, it was Everton who took the lead with a fine curling effort from Wayne Rooney, but the visitors were level by halftime after Nacho Monreal equalised just before the break.
Mesut Ozil nodded the Gunners ahead early in the second half from Alexis Sanchez’s cross, and got a further advantage when Idrissa Gueye saw red. Arsenal took advantage soon afterwards, with Ozil picking out Alexandre Lacazette for their third.
Aaron Ramsey had the first chance of the match just a couple of minutes in after some great interplay between Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, forcing a save out of Jordan Pickford. Arsenal continued to attack with pace, and in the ninth minute Alexandre Lacazette forced a save out of Pickford after a brilliant touch on the turn.
The Gunners looked the more likely to score, but it was the Toffees who drew first blood thanks to Wayne Rooney. The number 10 had time and space to take a few touches and pick his spot, curling it beyond Petr Cech.
Arsenal looked to be getting a bit frustrated as halftime approached, but the equaliser arrived five minutes before the break when Granit Xhaka hit one from long range that Pickford couldn’t hold on to, parrying it into the path of Nacho Monreal, who swept home first-time.
Arsenal then took the lead less than 10 minutes after the restart, thanks to the rare occurrence of a Mesut Ozil header. Alexis Sanchez picked up possession wide left and floated a delicious ball in for the Germany international to nod past Pickford in goal.
There were early signs that Idrissa Gueye might end up on the wrong side of referee Craig Pawson, and had already been ticked off a number of times before getting his first yellow card in the 34th minute. He was very much on thin ice in the second half, and a bad challenge on Xhaka forced the second yellow.
Number three started with Sanchez as well, putting Ozil in space down the right hand side, and his square pass was perfect for Lacazette, arriving on the edge of the box to finish with aplomb.
Number four arrived at the same time as the 90th minute, with Jack Wilshere stroking it forward for Aaron Ramsey to pick out the bottom corner at the far post, curling it past the goalkeeper.
There were two more goals deep into injury time as well. Monreal played a poorly-considered back-pass to Cech that Oumar Niasse was able to latch onto and pull one back, before Sanchez fired into the bottom corner to add his name to the list.