Everton 2 Arsenal 5
Rooney 12, Niasse 90, Monreal 40, Ozil 53, Lacazette 74, Ramsey 90, Alexis 90

The question marks over their character had been voiced since the loss at Vicarage Road, but Arsenal responded in the best manner possible with the 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park. Question marks still remain over the long term future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil, but say what you like about that situation, the duo are crucial to the immediate future of Arsenal and proved as such here. Both scored and gave assists as Arsenal recovered from a going a goal behind to overpower the Toffees 5-2 who had Idrissa Gueye sent off for a second yellow card.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring with Nacho Monreal levelling before the break. Özil put Arsenal ahead with a sublime header with Alexandre Lacazette then finishing off a sweeping move. Substitute Jack Wilshere came off the bench for his first taste of Premier League action of the season, and provided the assist for Aaron Ramsey to finish Arsenal’s fourth. Everton scored again after a mix up by Monreal and Petr Cech allowed Oumar Niasse in. The goal of the match came late on from Alexis as the Chilean led the Toffees defence a merry dance before powering his shot past Jordan Pickford for a 5-2 scoreline to the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger was delighted to get his side’s first Premier League away win of the season, but admitted that when Rooney opened the scoring it felt like a historic case of déjà vu.

” After Wayne Rooney’s goal, I thought 17 years later, ‘we are here again’. ” That was a test for us. We should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up at that stage. It was about how we responded to that – could we keep calm? We did that in a convincing way. Our passing and movement was excellent.

“It’s very difficult to single out any performances as everyone played very well. It was important to get our first win away from home.”

Arsenal has nearly 70% of the possession and for a change they made it count. Time after time they cut through the Everton lines and Ramsey, Alexis and Ozil went close. The mood around Goodison Park was lifted when Rooney struck, but Granit Xhaka will need to ensure he doesn’t get caught in possession deep in his own half as he did before Rooney struck. That was almost the sign for Arsenal to start to pull the strings with Sead Kolisanac and Bellerin racing forwards to support the attacks.

Monreal’s reaction shot to draw Arsenal level was the least that they deserved. After the break, Alexis loomed on the left before finding Ozil to head in past Pickford. Ramsey had another chance but hurried to shoot over bar. Lacaztte was then perfectly placed to receive Özil’s cross to score Arsenal’s third of the afternoon.

With the Toffees now down to ten men, Arsenal came again. Xhaka shattered Pickford’s bar, and then Wilshere found Ramsey who finished well past Pickford. As Everton tired, despite the gift of a second goal, it was Alexis who had the final say.

He picked up the ball and was being forced further away to his right. A little drop of the shoulder and he created half a yard to power low down past Pickford for a thoroughly deserved 5-2 scoreline.

The win and the manner of the display showed real character and Wenger will hope for more of the same midweek against Norwich in the Carabao Cup and then at home to Swansea City on Saturday.