Wenger: On-pitch partnerships are essential

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Bergkamp and Wright, Bergkamp and Anelka, Bergkamp and Henry, Pires and Henry – essential combinations that helped fire Arsenal to major silverware at Highbury.

It’s difficult to say whether new boys Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can live up to such vaunted partnerships, but judging by their respective Emirates bows there’s reason to be excited all the same.

Mkhitaryan’s hat-trick of assists coupled with Aubameyang’s debut strike made for very enjoyable viewing as the Gunners ran out 5-1 winners against Everton on a day when Aaron Ramsey’s goals stole the headlines.

While the overall performance had the boss in cheery mood, it was the prospect of Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang re-igniting the on-pitch relationship that proved so effective during three seasons at Dortmund that really had him chirping.

“They [partnerships] are essential,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Because football is one who gives the ball to one who finishes. If you have only one of the two, then you never score. So to create these types of partnerships is essential.

“The assists from Mkhitaryan were great today and Ramsey having a hat-trick is absolutely exceptional and good for him, for his confidence. He looked more composed and calmer in his finishing and that’s great.

“It was the game like we want to play it. Fluent, pacy, technical quality, agile movement, very mobile and good finishing. Overall, I believe we all enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it didn’t last for 90 minutes but I think it is still a convincing, terrific performance.”

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