Aubameyang scores first goal of the Emery era

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/07/2018

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target as the Unai Emery era at Arsenal got off to an encouraging start following the Gunners' comprehensive 8-0 victory over National League side Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Aubameyang scored the opener with a stunning curling effort into the top corner, before stooping to head in a second just two minutes later after a slaloming run from Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Gabon international completed his hat-trick from the spot after Reiss Nelson was hauled down in the area, with the young forward adding a fourth himself with a superb volley into the top corner. Maitland-Niles and Emile Smith Rowe were full of positivity, and the latter was involved in Arsenal's fifth - winning the ball in defence before Aubameyang released Alexandre Lacazette to open his account.

It was all change for the second half, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan thrown into the fray, but it was youngster Eddie Nketiah who poked home from close range to extend the Gunners' lead.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide, back at the club after a loan spell back in France with Angers, sent a fizzing strike into the bottom corner to make it seven. Mkhitaryan wrapped things up with a fine finish to complete a satisfactory afternoon for Emery and his team.