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Aubameyang double helps Arsenal edge Everton in goal fest as Gomes makes shock return

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace was enough to see Arsenal past Everton in a 3-2 goal fest on Sunday that saw Andre Gomes make his return to competitive football after suffering a horror injury in November.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, netting an improvised overhead kick after Arsenal failed to deal with a well-delivered free kick.

Arsenal’s teenage emergency left-back Bukayo Saka, who replaced the injured Sead Kolasinac in the opening minutes, delivered a superb cross shortly after that was volleyed in by striker Edward Nketiah to level the score.

Aubameyang then put Arsenal ahead, showing his composure to finish a one-on-one past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, before Everton winger Richarlison made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time.

Aubameyang added his second, Arsenal’s third, moments into the second half with a standing header from just outside the six-yard box.

Gomes came off the bench on 59 minutes to make his first appearance in less than four months after sustaining a broken ankle in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.

The visitors had a flurry of late chances in the final stages of the game, including a header by Calvert-Lewin and a Richarlison strike, but Everton failed to convert.

Arsenal maintain their unbeaten start to 2020 and move up to ninth place in the Premier League, seven points from the Champions League places.

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