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PIERRE EMERICK-AUBAMEYANG netted on his debut, Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided three assists and Aaron Ramsey scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Arsenal dismantled Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Bundesliga's top scorer last season with 31 goals

PIERRE EMERICK-AUBAMEYANG netted on his debut, Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided three assists and Aaron Ramsey scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Arsenal dismantled Everton at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal need to find the right balance between attack and defence if they are to finish the season successfully, manager Arsene Wenger says.

Wenger saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score a debut goal and Aaron Ramsey his first hat-trick as his side thumped a disorganised Everton.

However, Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in eight Premier League matches, and finished Saturday's match five points adrift of a Champions League qualification place.

"Our challenge is to find a balance," Wenger said. "We're a very offensive team but need to find a balance between attacking and defending. That will be our challenge until the end of the season."

Aubameyang, a club-record £56m signing from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, chipped in from fellow new arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan's pass as the home side led 4-0 by half-time.

Television replays showed the goal should have been ruled out for offside, although the visitors could hardly claim the decision made a huge difference to the match.

Everton conceded three times in the opening 20 minutes amid defensive chaos, with Ramsey touching in the opener from Mkhitaryan's cross.

Laurent Koscielny got in front of Aubameyang to head the second at the far post after Shkodran Mustafi glanced on Mesut Ozil's corner, before Ramsey scored a deflected third.

Aubameyang struck the fourth before half-time, prompting Everton manager Sam Allardyce to abandon his three-man central defence and revert to a back four.

Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an Everton consolation from Cuco Martina's left-wing delivery, before Ramsey swept in his hat-trick goal from another low Mkhitaryan cross.

Wenger was pleased with Ramsey's showing, saying: "He is calm in finishing. He used to rush it. Over the years, I think he can get 10-15 goals a season."

However, Arsenal lost goalkeeper Petr Cech to a calf injury in a collision with Oumar Niasse as the striker hit the post in the second half.

Man of the match - Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)

Aaron Ramsey is the 20th player to score a hat-trick for Arsenal in the Premier League

Sam Allardyce's 500th game as a Premier League manager was ruined as a decision to start with a three-man central defence backfired spectacularly.

His Everton side lacked defensive discipline as they made only three tackles in the first half, while players were frequently caught out of position.

Allardyce's plan appeared to be to shut out the home side centrally while using Jonjoe Kenny and Cuco Martina as attacking wing-backs.

It would have been a big enough test for a defensive line-up used to playing together. In a line-up containing one debutant - Eliaquim Mangala - and two other defensive changes from the previous game, it was a recipe for calamity.

There were far too many gaps between the central defenders, while neither Kenny nor Martina seemed to have any idea as to how close they were supposed to stay to the back three.

Mangala, signed on loan from Manchester City on Wednesday, had a dreadful debut: he was dragged all over the place as Mkhitaryan crossed for Ramsey's first, and it was his deflection that took Ramsey's shot beyond Pickford for the third goal.

Arsenal could have had more than four before half-time, as Nacho Monreal headed against the post from a Granit Xhaka corner.

Everton were better once they switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation for the second half, with Tom Davies on for Michael Keane, but never had a hope of recovery.
Theo Walcott joined Everton from Arsenal in a deal worth more than £20m on 17 January

It was a miserable return to Emirates Stadium for Everton winger Theo Walcott, signed from Arsenal in January. He had one first-half chance from a Niasse flick through, but Mustafi - a former academy player at Goodison Park - made a goal-saving challenge.

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