Auba & Arsenal get the job done in style; Ramsdale, Tavares promising

That should have always been the case – particularly as West Brom made 11 changes for this Carabao Cup second round tie and their starting XI cost £10m. Arsenal’s, in contrast, cost over £250m.

But nonetheless they got the job done in style and Arteta was given a comfortable night’s work, which is rarity these days.

Arsenal needed a win before tonight after losing their opening two games of the season and, while Arteta will have hardly won over many doubters with this 6-0 victory, he at least steadied the ship for a while.

Arteta’s hunger for a win was made abundantly clear by his team, which included a front-four of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The latter of those certainly made the most of the weakened opposition, scoring twice in the first half and completing his hat-trick just after the hour mark.

After a difficult pre-season, which culminated with Aubameyang catching Covid-19, that will have done the Arsenal captain the world of good. Goals are goals and the confidence they can bring a striker is priceless, no matter who the opposition is.

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The positives extended beyond there for Arteta as Saka looked to have shaken off the rust he showed against Chelsea on Sunday.

He had a big hand in the first and third goals and, like much of last season, he looked a cut above everyone else on the pitch.

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The same could be said for Odegaard, who also stood out like a sore thumb and capped off a fine performance with a delightful assist for Saka’s goal after the break.

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