Gabriel and Willian shine on Arsenal debuts as Fulham face tough Premier League Return.
Alexandre Lacazette, man-of-the-match Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score in dominant win; Willian assists two.
Arsenal passion was in evidence before the kick off when Eddie Nketiah and Dani Ceballos clashed in the warm up, a late challenge led to the two squaring up and needing to be separated. Read All Arsenal Premier League 2020-21 fixtures [match schedule]
Arsenal got Mikel Arteta’s first full campaign up and running through Alexandre Lacazette’s tap-in (9) as debutant Willian’s shot was parried by Marek Rodak, before Willian hit the post with a free-kick.
Willian’s corner was then nodded home by fellow debutant and man-of-the-match Gabriel Magalhaes after the break (49) before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang curled home a beauty from just inside the box from another Willian assist (57) to hand Arsenal a dominant opening-day win.
Arsenal’s momentum and belief was clear to see, with Arteta claiming his 18th win in the last 30 games
Aleksandar Mitrovic was on the bench for Fulham, with Aboubakar Kamara preferred, and the only change from the Play-Off final win over Brentford was Cavaleiro coming in for Cordova-Reid. New goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was also on the bench having only joined on Wednesday.
Gabriel Magalhaes made his debut in the Arsenal defence, while Willian also made his bow down the road from his old home at Stamford Bridge. Tierney was at left centre-back in a five-man defence again, with Maitland-Niles wide left, preferred over Saka. There was no Emiliano Martinez on the bench, as his move to Aston Villa nears.
Arsenal vs Fulham Player ratings
Fulham: Rodak (6), Ream (5), Hector (4), Odoi (6), Bryan (5), Onomah (5), Cairney (5), Reed (5), Kebano (5), Cavaleiro (5), Kamara (4)
Subs: Anguissa (5), Mitrovic (5), Reid (5)
Arsenal: Leno (7), Bellerin (7), Gabriel (8), Holding (7), Tierney (8), Maitland-Niles (7), Elneny (7), Xhaka (7), Willian (8), Aubameyang (7), Lacazette (7)
Subs: Pepe (6), Ceballos (NA), Nketiah (NA)
Man of the match: Gabriel Magalhaes
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal Highlights
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Start date 01. Jan 2019, 15:00
Referee Graham Scott, England
Avg. cards 0.20 3.37
Location London, England
Venue Emirates Stadium