Arsenal stormed to the top of the 2015 Emirates Cup table on Saturday afternoon by thrashing Ligue 1 runners up Lyon 6-0 in North London.
A fine strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi’s first senior goal for the Gunners, plus efforts from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, gave Arsene Wenger’s men a massive margin of victory.
The result gives Arsenal nine points – three for the win, plus one for each of their goals – and leaves them four points ahead of Villarreal, who beat Wolfsburg 2-1 earlier in the day.
New goalkeeper Petr Cech was not included in Arsenal’s starting XI against Lyon, with Damian Martinez preferred, somewhat surprisingly.
However, Martinez barely touched the ball in the entire match, as Arsenal dominated from start to finish.
Giroud broke the deadlock on 29 minutes with a mistimed header that found the net via his shoulder.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made it two five minutes later, finishing clinically after fine build-up play from Ramsey and Giroud.
The Ox clearly has goals within him, but he must become more prolific. He has only once scored more than five goals in a single season – and that was the 2010/11 campaign, in which he played mostly in League One for Southampton.
After scoring their second, Arsenal had to wait less than 60 seconds for their third, which came courtesy of Alex Iwobi – his first goal for the senior team.
Iwobi swiftly hit the net again, but his second strike was chalked off for offside.
The wait for a fourth did not last long, though. Ramsey got in on the act with a poked finish at the near post, following a low cross from Ozil.
Ozil scored the fifth, which came after half time, before Cazorla completed the rout with a drilled free kick late on.