5 talking points from Arsenal’s win over Everton

Arsenal leapfrogged Everton in the Premier League table and moved within four points of fifth-placed Manchester United with a 3-2 win over the Toffees at the Emirates.

The Gunners got off to the worst-possible start as Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired Everton ahead inside the first minute.

But Eddie Nketiah levelled with his first Premier League goal of the season before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front.

Richarlison levelled the scores again on the stroke of half-time but Aubameyang notched his second in the first minute of the second half to seal all three points for Mikel Arteta's side.

Here are five talking points from the Emirates…

1. Calvert-Lewin catches Gunners cold

There was a certain feel-good factor around the Emirates prior to kick-off as the Gunners came into the match on the back of a win at Olympiakos in the Europa League having hammered Newcastle 4-0 last weekend.

But that was tempered after just 49 seconds as they conceded a throughly avoidable goal.

Sead Kolasinac played the entire Everton forward line on-side as he got unnecessarily involved in a tussle with Yerry Mina, before David Luiz made a complete hash of defending the free-kick to allow Dominic Calvert-Lewin to acrobatically hook home.

There were some half-hearted appeals for a high foot – but you don't want to see goals of that calibre ruled out for something so slight.

2. Luiz atones for error

If David Luiz had to shoulder some of the blame for Everton's opener – he atoned for his error with a sublime pass for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire Arsenal ahead.

After Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goal of the season following his return from a loan spell at Leeds, Aubameyang latches on to Luiz's pass in behind the Everton backline to finish in trademark fashion.

Luiz continues to be the enigma at Arsenal we have seen over the years at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and for Brazil.

From the sublime to the ridiculous in a matter of minutes.

3. Saka shows Arsenal will cope with Kolasinac injury

He may only be 18, but Bukayo Saka has really come of age at Arsenal this season.

The youngster impressed at Olympiakos in midweek but was named on the bench here as the more experienced Sead Kolasinac started the game at left-back.

Kolasinac went off with a painful-looking shoulder injury before the break to be replaced by Saka, and the England Under-19 international had an immediate impact.

His ball in for Eddie Nketiah's equaliser was sublime – laid on a plate for his striker to steer the ball home with ease.

Saka is certainly one for the future at the Emirates.

4. Gomes makes return from horror leg injury

When Andre Gomes went down under a challenge from Son Heung-min in November – and his teammates and opposition players reacted in justifiable horror – there would have been few expecting him to be back on the pitch this season.

But the former Barcelona midfielder returned to action here, replacing Morgan Schneiderlin for the final half an hour.

Despite defeat here, Everton are right in the race for a European spot, particularly if Manchester City's ban is upheld and Pep Guardiola's side beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final next week.

And Carlo Ancelotti will be thrilled to have Gomes at his disposal for the Premier League run-in.

5. Arsenal must do everything to keep Aubameyang

Speaking of City's ban – that would give fifth place in the Premier League a Champions League spot if it is upheld.

Arsenal are just four points behind Manchester United who currently occupy fifth, and you'd think that is the best chance they have of keeping hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese hitman continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and will enter the final year of his Gunners contract this summer.

But his goals here – scored in typically unerring fashion to earn all three points for his side – were the latest reminder of his importance to Arsenal.

They were his 16th and 17th strikes in the Premier League this term – taking him level with Jamie Vardy at the top of the scoring charts.

Regardless of whether they return to the Champions League, Arsenal have to do everything in their power to keep hold of Aubameyang.

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