Arsenal delivered their first demolition under Mikel Arteta yesterday.
Newcastle United were their victims, with the Gunners securing a 4-0 victory - their first Premier League win by more than two goals since February 2019.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette all scored in the same game for the first time, with Mesut Ozil also finding the back of the net.
Pepe's performance was the biggest positive of the day. The Ivorian assisted both Aubameyang and Lacazette's goals and was heavily involved in the build-up to Ozil's strike.
Arteta has been demanding more from the 24-year-old and yesterday, the former Lille man delivered.
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A watershed performance from the fleet-footed winger.
Pepe created the most chances (4), completed the most ball recoveries (10) and had the most touches in the opposition's box (8).
Everything good stemmed from the Ivorian and Arsenal's warm-weather training camp in Dubai appears to already be paying dividends.
The importance of Pepe is becoming more apparent. Arsenal haven't won a Premier League game in which the winger hasn't scored or assisted since their 2-1 win over Burnley back in September.
He also has nine goal contributions in his 22 league appearances, which is not a bad return considering the Gunners' struggles in 2019/20.
Arsenal now enter the most crucial phase of their season and the run of fixtures they have coming up is certainly cause for optimism.
Everton (H), West Ham (H), Brighton (A), Southampton (A) and Norwich (H) represents five very winnable games in the Premier League.
With the Arsenal squad refreshed and their record signing finally looking worth the investment, the clouds hanging over the Emirates Stadium are starting to shift.
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