Arsenal's record signing scores debut goal in demolition of Everton

Arsenal's record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a scoring debut and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided three assists on his first start having joined from Manchester United.

But Aaron Ramsey seized the limelight from the January recruits by scoring a hat trick as Arsenal crushed Everton 5-1 in the Premier League.

It was an emphatic response from Arsenal to losing at Swansea 3-1 a day before Aubameyang joined from Borussia Dortmund for $110 million.

Aubameyang dinked the ball over goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for Arsenal's fourth in the 37th minute after being set up by Mkhitaryan.

Ramsey had already netted twice by that stage either side of Laurent Koscielny's strike. Ramsey completed his treble in the second half from Mkhitaryan's cutback, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in a consolation.

Arsenal are five points from the four Champions League places in sixth place, while Everton are 10th.


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Phoenix look to cut 'fatal mistakes' as they prepare for Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix will need 90 minutes-plus of error-free football if they want to push high-flying Sydney FC tonight, Nix coach Darije Kalezic says.

The A-League leaders have lost only one game this season, nearly three months ago, while Wellington sit at the bottom of the ladder with just three wins from 17 games.

While Sydney are coming off a clinical 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory, Wellington stumbled at home to a 1-0 defeat by Adelaide United.

They will travel to Sydney without playmaker Roy Krishna, who is in Auckland for further tests on a troublesome hamstring, but Kalezic is hopeful striker Andrija Kaludjerovic will be a starter.

The 30-year-old Serbian suffered a foot injury last week, but although he has recovered better than expected, a decision won't be made until late on Thursday.

There is also a question mark over defender Tom Doyle, who is carrying a groin strain.

Wellington have already lost twice to the defending champions this season, a third-round 3-2 loss followed by a more substantial 4-1 defeat at Westpac Stadium just before Christmas.

Kalezic says Wellington have learned from those losses.

"We didn't see any problems from the tactical point of view but individual mistakes were fatal for us.

"Tomorrow I think we have to show more quality and don't make individual mistakes," he said.

"I believe we will again be organised, which is very, very important against Sydney but then is the question about whether can we keep playing 90 minutes without fatal mistakes."

Kalezic says the Sky Blues' patience and ability to strike from the counterattack made them a dangerous opponent.

"They have a quality to create chances and goals from nothing. They don't have to be dominant.

"We have to be not only organised but really, really sharp."

Wellington Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton in action during an A-League game between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Saturday 27th Janurary 2018. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © www.Photosport.nz 2018
Wellington Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton in action during an A-League game between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Source: Photosport


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A-League ref gets brutally smashed in the face by flying ball

Referees deal with a lot of issues during a match but it's not every day they get hit by a wild ball travelling at high speed squarely to the face.

That was the unfortunate experience A-League assistant referee Lara Lee found herself in on Monday night during a match between the Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC though.

The incident happened early in the second half after a throw-in by Brisbane's Corey Brown wasn't controlled by one of his teammates, leading Sydney's Josh Brillante to thump the ball as hard as he could for a clearance up field.

Unfortunately for Lee, the ball lined up squarely with her face on the sideline. 

Brillante and Brown immediately checked the fourth official was fine - a grin and thumbs up proving she was.

Lee remained in her position for the rest of the match which Sydney comfortably won 3-0.


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