The Gunners stepped up the pace of the game even further in the second half, with the introduction of the Ox in place of Jack. The 21-year-old injected some dynamism, but his final ball needs to improve. He was also guilty for Ross Barkley's goal as he was dispossessed by Gareth Barry deep in his own half (shades of Monaco) Santi and Kos were furious with him. It may have been a mere pre-season friendly, but it's good to see some players clearly show their passion for the game. At this point, we were 3-0 up thanks to Santi's 58th-minute solo effort and Özil's cool finish on 62 minutes, but it was a pity that Cech was denied a clean sheet on his debut.
Santi Cazorla was arguably the Man of the Match, providing assists for Arsenal's first and third, as well as getting on the scoresheet himself with a sublime individual effort. However, what most impressed us was the team's collective performance. Arsenal showed much more creativity and penetration than their Premier League opponents going forward, while they looked alert against Everton's quick counter attacks. They were quick in transitions from defence to attack and vice versa.
Arsenal started with no dedicated holding midfielder, with Aaron Ramsey in his preferred central position alongside Santi Cazorla. The Welshman put in a good defensive shift.
Competitions were everywhere. Hector Bellerin made a crucial last-ditch tackle inside the box, while Mathieu Debuchy showed us why he was signed as a first-choice right-back last summer, when he started on Wednesday against Singapore Select XI. Kieran Gibbs did not put his foot wrong after Nacho Monreal delivered a solid performance three days ago. Theo Walcott showed he can score from the flanks with Olivier Groud playing a target-man role.
It is an encouraging fact that we are still to have Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky coming back from holiday and injury. At the same time, there is no doubt that a section of Arsenal fans are more concerned that Arsene Wenger may have strengthened his belief that there is little need of new additions to the squad after this convincing win. The major reason for this belief he cited was "cohesion" within the team, which was demonstrated in this game. However, this was the man who pulled out the signings of Mesut Özil on the transfer deadline day two years ago for £42.5 million and Alexis Sanchez for £35 million last year. Keep fingers crossed that a world-class defensive midfielder or striker will suddenly become available before this transfer window closes.
Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin (Debuchy 70), Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs, Cazorla (Coquelin 76), Ramsey, Walcott (Arteta 71), Özil, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 46), Giroud (Akpom 76)