Cape Town - Arsene Wenger praised record-signing
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his debut goal in Arsenal's 5-1 mauling of
Everton on Saturday.
The Gabon international cooly dinked the
ball over Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the Gunners' fourth of the
afternoon, following a brace from Aaron Ramsey and one from Laurent Koscielny.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off the bench
for Theo Walcott on the hour mark and immediately pulled a goal back, but
Ramsey killed off any hopes of a comeback to complete his hat-trick on 74
When asked by the Arsenal website after the
game, what he saw from his new striker, Wenger said: "The quality of his
movement, I must say.
"When you analyse well where he goes
and when he goes, it’s always what you want from a striker, and even then, I
believe he is not completely 100 per cent fit physically. But the quality of
his movement and the quality of his finishing was very good.”
Wenger was also very excited by the
burgeoning relationship between Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, that he
feels could be key for his side. Mkhitaryan set up three of the goals, while
Aubameyang's pass for the first goal out wide for Mkhitaryan to slide in Ramsey
was critical in getting Arsenal underway at the Emirates.
“They are essential. Because football is
one who gives the ball to one who finishes. If you have only one of the two,
then you never score. So, to create these types of partnerships is
Ramsey, who was again excellent for
Arsenal, and scored three well-taken goals, also received Wenger's praise.
assists from Mkhitaryan were great today and Ramsey having a hat-trick is
absolutely exceptional and good for him, for his confidence. He looked more
composed and calmer in his finishing and that’s great," the manager added.
“It was the game like we want to play it.
Fluent, pacy, technical quality, agile movement, very mobile and good
finishing. Overall, I believe we all enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it didn’t last
for 90 minutes but I think it is still a convincing, terrific performance.”
Aubameyang would maybe have liked to have
added a second goal after the break, but was nonetheless happy with the outcome
of his first game.
“Of course, I was really happy,” he said.
"We won the game in the first half and the second was a bit different. We
are all happy today."