The star of the show was Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who scored a superb hat-trick, while Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got on the score sheet. But there were plenty of other Arsenal players who also deserve credit for their performance.
Summer signing Grant Xhaka has been in and out of the side this season but he has started the last two league matches and on Saturday he looked like a class act, playing a vital role in the centre of the field.
The Swiss international may never fully temper his aggression on the pitch to ensure the yellow and red cards are kept at a minimum. However, on this evidence he is a key player for Arsene Wenger’s side; one that allows those ahead of him to focus on putting the ball in the net.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of Xhaka’s latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Team paid attention to details & deserved 3 points. Special credit to Ox & Xhaka & Alexis.December’s started well indeed.#afc
— paul kombol (@paulitto79) December 4, 2016
Granit Xhaka is a world class. The sooner Arsenal realised it, the better.
— Yemi Lima #AFC (@Lima_AFC) December 4, 2016
As brilliant as Alexis was we have to talk about how good Xhaka was. That might have been his best performance. What a player we have! #afc
— Dev (@GrailOfFutbol) December 3, 2016
The Coquelin-Xhaka pivot was so good today. Xhaka’s passing range and Coquelin’s defensive ability was immense, should be our starting #AFC
— Brian ⚡️ (@MagicalMarco) December 3, 2016
Sanchez will get all the plaudits but xhaka was amazing and the Ox was impressive to
— Paul MCG AFC (@Paulmcgettigan5) December 3, 2016