Arsene Wenger heaped plaudits on his Arsenal players for their all round performance in the emphatic 5-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park Saturday afternoon, reports.‎

Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez all scored for the Gunners while Wayne Rooney and Oumar Niasse were on the score sheet for the Merseysiders.

“We should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up, but we were 1-0 down. We didn’t panic and maintained our focus. Once we equalised, it was all us for the rest of the game,” Wenger told BBC Sport.

“I was [concerned] because recently we’ve been punished for every mistake we make away from home. But I knew there was a long time to go.

“Our away performances this season have not been rewarded.”

“After Wayne Rooney’s goal, I thought 17 years later we are here again. That was a test for us, we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up at that stage. It was about how we responded to that – could we keep calm? We did that in a convincing way. Our passing and movement was excellent.

Wenger marking his 68th birthday added hailed the impact of under-fire midfielder Mesut Ozil :

“It’s very difficult to single out any performances as everyone played very well. It was important to get our first win away from home.”

“The difference is that he has worked extremely hard physically. When he’s in that shape physically, nobody can question his class or the quality of his game.”

“I would say yes. I told him after the game that a fit Ozil is completely different. If you’re not 100% at your best, no matter how good you are, you are at a handicap.”

Arsenal are currently fifth in the table with 16 points with a +5 goal difference, with Chelsea in fourth place with 16 points also but with a +7 goal difference.