Arsenal put in a masterful outing against Everton, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan running the show. But here are three things you may have missed about his performance.
Arsenal needed a win in a bad way. Many likened their match against Everton to the “start of a new life” and as anyone who has ever started a new life can tell you, you really want to get started on the right foot.
And, well, they did. There was nary a bad performer on the pitch, particularly in the attack. A thrilled home crowd watched as new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang razzled with Aaron Ramsey dazzling.
It was a rousing performance that even woke the likes of Alex Iwobi up from his season-long slumber. Mesut Ozil was a slicing-dicing machine and overall, it was the exact type of transformation we all hoped to see. Whether we can get that to translate to away games is another story, but for now, let’s be happy with what we have, with a trip to Tottenham coming up next.
I want to draw special attention to Mkhitaryan, however, because I don’t think I have ever seen a full debut quite as convincing as what he was able to do. It felt like he had been tied up and imprisoned these past two years and was just now allowed to unleash his true self.
The hat-trick of assists was one thing, but I want to draw special attention to three things/stats you may have missed while you were seeing stars.
We start with No. 3.
3. Every chance created was an assist
There is a beauty to be found in efficiency. For instance, Ramsey scored on every single shot he took. No big deal, right?
Equally efficient was Mkhitaryan, who assisted on every single chance he created. You could argue that his chances were set up on a plate so perfectly that even Raheem Sterling couldn’t miss them. But then again, he’d find a way.
While Mesut Ozil still led the team with four chances created, Mkhitaryan was untouchable with his three assists. And this point will beautifully assist the next point at No. 2.