Aaron Ramsey was delighted with his first hat-trick for the club, but stressed that the contributions from his teammates were just as important as he revealed he savoured the moment he left the pitch to rapturous applause.
All the attention was on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last Saturday, but it was Aaron Ramsey who stole the show.
The Welshman scored a hat-trick as Arsenal put five past Everton.
It was the first hat-trick of his Arsenal career, and helped him surpass 100 goals and assists for the club.
Humble as always, Ramsey was keen to stress the importance of the team’s performance and the three points.
“Obviously I’m delighted. It’s my first hat-trick, so it’s one of those moments to remember. Full credit to the team, we played some really good attacking football and the game was won in the first half really.
“We’ve got to keep that focus, keep that quality throughout the rest of the season now,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It’s one I’m going to remember because it’s my first hat-trick and obviously I’m delighted. I’m happier with the three points.
“I took my time coming off the pitch because I know it won’t happen too often. I was just happy that I could help my team-mates today by contributing with a few goals. I’m just buzzing.”
Mkhitaryan had an excellent game and set-up two of Ramsey’s goals.
He also set-up Aubameyang for his first goal for the club.
Ramsey is sure that the two will add plenty of quality to the squad.
“They’ve brought quality into this team,” he said.
“We all know how they linked up at Dortmund and you could see that their understanding tonight was brilliant.
“It was a great goal by Auba and Micki came up with a few assists as well.
“It’s a sign of things to come and we’re really excited to have them here. Hopefully they can kick on.”
The 5-1 win was an excellent way to bounce back from the very disappointing 3-1 defeat at Swansea.
Like everyone else, Ramsey knew that the performance in Wales wasn’t good enough.
“Against Swansea it simply wasn’t good enough and we needed to respond to that. You could tell from the first half that everyone was at it, and when we are at it we’re a quality team. We won the game in the first half really.”
Arsenal’s next game will be at Wembley for the North London derby against Tottenham.
We’ve been poor away from home this season, and Ramsey knows we must improve it.
“Of course. In front of our home fans we’ve been absolutely brilliant. I think we’ve only slipped up once against United, even though we played very well on the day. We’ve got to improve away from home, simple as that.
“Hopefully we can replicate what we did today against Spurs on Saturday.”