Arsenal’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his debut with a goal as the Gunners beat Everton 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Here, we assess his performance.
“I thought it was better to start him, and if it doesn’t work we can take him off,” Arsene Wenger said of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s meeting with Everton. The striker had been a doubt having picked up an illness after his Deadline Day arrival from Borussia Dortmund, but any uncertainty about his fitness was swiftly forgotten.
The 5-1 win was just what Arsenal needed after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Swansea, and having taken on all the pressure that comes with Thierry Henry’s number 14 shirt, Aubameyang got what he needed too. His goal, brilliantly taken from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass, ensured his Arsenal career started in the best possible way.
Aubameyang was preferred to Alexandre Lacazette up front and looked at home from the start, playing a clever reverse pass in the sixth minute to release his old Dortmund team-mate Mkhitaryan, whose low cut-back was hooked into the net by Aaron Ramsey.