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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan combine TWICE as Arsenal run riot against Everton in the first half

The former Borussia Dortmund team-mates gave Gunners fans a taste of their chemistry

It’s like watching Borussia Dortmund in 2015/16.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan combined beautifully to unlock Everton’s defence twice in a rampant first half at the Emirates.

Albeit with a little help from the linesman.

Reunited on the pitch at last

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Reunited on the pitch at last

The Gabonese forward made a significant impact just six minutes into his Arsenal debut with a perfectly weighted ball around the corner to find the Gunners’ new No7 in space.

The Armenian midfielder took a touch before squaring to Aaron Ramsey with the Welshman making no mistake from inside the six-yard box.

Mkhitaryan notched his first assist for Arsenal but in truth it was Aubameyang’s pass that turned the Toffees defence around.

Mesut Ozil played the ball into Aubameyang’s feet

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Mesut Ozil played the ball into Aubameyang’s feet

Arsenal’s No14 could have played it back to him

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Arsenal’s No14 could have played it back to him

But flicked it into Mkhitaryan’s path

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But flicked it into Mkhitaryan’s path

The Armenian let it run across him

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The Armenian let it run across him

Then picked out Ramsey in the middle

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Then picked out Ramsey in the middle

And the Welshman couldn’t miss

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And the Welshman couldn’t miss

A lovely move

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A lovely move

The pair were a prolific partnership at Dortmund and if their reunion is anything to go by, the Gunners look to have had a decent January in terms of recruitment.

It was a Saturday afternoon to enjoy for the season ticket holders at the Emirates.

Laurent Koscielny stooped low to head home from a corner before Ramsey’s long-range effort took two deflections en route to goal as Everton folded without much resistance.

Arsene Wenger’s troops were 3-0 up after just 19 minutes.

Thank God you don’t have to pay by the letter anymore

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Thank God you don’t have to pay by the letter anymore

Then came the magic moment… Mkhitaryan assist, Aubameyang goal.

Arsenal were helped out for their fourth goal by a generous bit of officiating from the linesman who kept his flag down when the Gunners’ record-signing was clearly offside.

VAR would have ruled it out

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VAR would have ruled it out

The finish was a delicate chip…

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The finish was a delicate chip…

That nestled in the bottom corner

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That nestled in the bottom corner

Plenty more to come

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Plenty more to come

It shouldn’t have counted, but Arsenal fans won’t care.

Their new double-act have picked up right where they left off — a debut goal for Aubameyang and two assists for Mkhitarayan.

Who needs that dog-loving, possession-losing Chilean bloke anyway?

UPDATE: A hat-trick of assists at full-time for Mkhitarayan and a first career hat-trick for Aaron Ramsey — good day at the office for the Gunners.


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