Aubameyang Scores 10-Minute Hat Trick In 8-0 Win In Unai Emery’s Arsenal Debut

Unai Emery made his debut on the Arsenal bench as the Gunners routed Boreham Wood 8-0 on Saturday at Meadow Park in London. The match kicked off at the same time as the England-Belgium World Cup third-place match, but the Emery Arsenal debut provided far more action than the Three Lions in Russia. 

Boreham Wood, a club from England’s fifth tier, didn’t provide too much resistance to the Premier League’s sixth-place team from last season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick just over 16 minutes in, scoring three goals in a 10-minute span. 

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The Emery Arsenal debut saw the former PSG manager choose a fairly strong side, albeit without any World Cup players. Sokratis Papastathopoulos made his Gunners debut while the forward duo of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette started up top and absolutely torched Boreham Wood. First-team players Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson also started. The second half saw first-teamers Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Perez come in. 

The Gunners looked sharp with a kit that looked like something Texas A&M would wear.

It didn’t take long for the Unai Emery Arsenal debut to get off to a flying start thanks to Aubameyang. The former Borussia Dortmund striker curled in a beauty in the seventh minute to send the Gunners on their way.

Two minutes later Aubameyang doubled his tally, heading in a cross from Maitland-Niles, who admittedly did all the hard work.

And just over 16 minutes into the match Aubameyang completed his hat trick with a penalty kick he blasted into the top left corner.

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But the Gunners weren’t done in the Emery Arsenal debut. 

Reiss Nelson made it 4-0 in the 35th minute, calmly chesting the ball down from a deflected cross and volleying home before the ball could touch the ground. 

It was 5-0 before the half when Lacazette finished a punishing counterattack in the 40th minute. The finish was assured, but the pass from Aubameyang was sublime. 

The Gunners wasted no time in adding to the lead in the second half of the Emery Arsenal debut, going ahead 6-0 through Eddie Nketiah as the announcer lost count of how many goals had been poured in. 

Arsenal added the extra point to the touchdown when Jeff Reine-Adelaide smashed one in from range. 

Nketiah set up Mikhitaryan for the eighth in the 79th minute to finish off the scoring. Again though, it was all about the assist. 

Arsenal will next play Atlético Madrid in the International Champions Cup on July 26 in Singapore. The Gunners play Emery’s former club, PSG, in Singapore two days later. Arsenal also plays Chelsea and Sevilla in preseason before opening the Premier League campaign against reigning champion Manchester City on August 12, followed by Chelsea a week later. 

And just like Texas A&M, which plays Clemson and Alabama in the first four weeks with a new coach, Emery will need to get off to a fast start, just as he did on Saturday. 

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