On Sunday 22nd Oct 2017, Arsenal picked their first away win of the Premier League season in style after scoring 5 goals by Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis against Everton.
In a compellingly open first half, we dominated right from the off and created two big chances within 10 minutes of the start.
The first saw Mesut Ozil, at his bewitching best, slip the ball behind the Everton defense with a deft flick to play in Aaron Ramsey. With a clear sight of goal, the Wales international looked odds-on to score, but his low shot was palmed around the post by Jordan Pickford.
It was the first of a series of fine – if frustrating – saves by the Everton goalkeeper, who was soon called into action to deny Alexandre Lacazette from close quarters.
We were well on top – but suddenly found ourselves a goal down and the scorer, it is no surprise to say, was Wayne Rooney as he took advantage of a defensive error before curling a shot into the far corner.
It was a real blow after such a positive start, but we kept on coming, bursting forward at pace to cause real problems for the Everton backline.
Ramsey twice went close in quick succession, Bellerin then had a go from outside the area before finally, with five minutes left of the half, Nacho Monreal poked in the equalizer.
It was no more than we deserved, and we could even have taken a lead into the interval but Pickford made another good stop to deny Alexis.
But it only needed eight minutes of the second half for us to take the chance to move in front, as Ramsey, Lacazette and Alexis combined on the break, with the latter picking out Ozil to head home.
Ramsey flashed a first-time shot over the bar from 12 yards moments later, and the gamne continued to turn in our favour when Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a second bookable offense for a late challenge on Granit Xhaka.
We made our advantage count when, with 17 minutes remaining, Ozil broke up the right flank and into the area, before picking out Lacazette to slot home his first away goal for the club and put the game to bed.
Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Mesut Ozil after scoring his first away goal for the club
Alexis went close with a diving header in the closing stages, before Xhaka it the bar with a fierce effort from 20 yards.
As the game entered injury time, Jack Wilshere played in Ramsey to slot home, and while Oumar Niasse pulled one back right at the end, it could not take the gloss off off a very satisfactory 68th birthday for Arsene Wenger.
Indeed, there would be one final twist as Alexis flashed in our fifth goal. What a performance, what a way to get our first away win