Arsenal returned to Premier League action in superb style on Sunday as they dispatched lowly Everton in a 5-2 win. While the Toffees have been very poor this season, they did give the Gunners a scare early on as Wayne Rooney fired home. However, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez all scored to round off a miserable day for Everton, although Oumar Niasse was able to profit on a howler from Petr Cech to make the final score 5-2.
Considering Arsenal had been so poor against Watford last weekend, this comfortable win has been able to allow some confidence to come back to the fans, but they will know that there is still a very long way to go before they have achieved anything. Indeed, a win against Everton was the minimum this afternoon, with Ronald Koeman’s side there to be beaten.
Elsewhere, Brighton heaped the pressure on West Ham as they smashed three goals past their hosts in an emphatic win. There are a number of managers who are really feeling the pressure in recent weeks, but none more so than Slaven Bilic, with his side once again outclassed on the pitch. Manchester City continued their outstanding run as they thumped Burnley 3-0, with a special mention for Kevin De Bruyn who was once again sublime, while Manchester United were awful as they fell to an uncharacteristically error-strewn 2-1 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield on Saturday. Chelsea were made to work for their win as they beat Watford 4-2, but they had to come back from 2-1 down to get their league campaign back on track.
Newcastle United made sure they sent Crystal Palace back down to earth with a bump following their win over Chelsea last weekend as they stole a 1-0 win to continue their march, while Stoke City fell 2-1 to Bournemouth as the pressure mounted on Mark Hughes. For the Cherries, it was just their second win of the season and means they are now just a point from safety. Swansea were another side that were brought crashing down as they were beaten by Leicester City, who remain without a manager. The game was the perfect chance for the Swans to gather some momentum, but they failed miserably. Southampton were indebted to a fine individual effort from Sofiane Boufal as they downed West Brom 1-0 in what was a drab affair for large parts of the game. On Sunday, Liverpool fell 4-1 to Tottenham as Harry Kane scored a double, with Spurs benefiting from an atrocious performance from defender Dejan Lovren who Jurgen Klopp substituted in the first-half.
Arsenal’s return to winning ways has seen them to fifth place, level with Chelsea on 16 points. With Manchester United losing this weekend, the Gunners will want to capitalise on one of Tottenham or United or both teams dropping points as the two clash next weekend.
Arsenal’s next game sees them host lowly Swansea City. This game is a must-win considering the Gunner’s position in the league and it could see them come to within a single point of United or Spurs. With Manchester City looking so dominant of late, Arsenal cannot afford to drop points against opposition from the lower-half of the table. Swansea have been a side that have enjoyed some moments against Arsenal in the past, but Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his rejuvenated squad will dispatch the Welsh side.