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Fulham 0-3 Arsenal: Gabriel & Willian impress on debut in Gunners win

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Gabriel is the third defender to score for Arsenal on his Premier League debut, after Steve Bould (1992) and Thomas Vermaelen (2009)

Debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away promoted Fulham in the opening game of the Premier League season.

Former Chelsea winger Willian had a hand in all three goals and Gabriel – a £23m signing from Lille – scored in his first game in English football.

Arsenal were highly impressive, while Fulham caused themselves too many problems at the back.

Both sides have played and won at Wembley – twice for the Gunners – in the 48 days since the last Premier League season finished.

Alexandre Lacazette scored the opener from close range after Willian’s effort was saved.

Centre-back Gabriel then scored from Willian’s corner with his shoulder. Willian, who also hit a post from a free-kick, picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng with a perfect cross-field ball and the captain curled home Arsenal’s third.

Fulham created few chances, with last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic coming on with only 27 minutes to go and forcing Bernd Leno into a save.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 3HectorBooked at 26mins
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 21Reed
  • 10CairneyBooked at 61mins
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 63′minutes
  • 25OnomahSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 75′minutes
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 47KamaraSubstituted forMitrovicat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 22Christie
  • 29Zambo Anguissa

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 16Holding
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 3Tierney
  • 2BellerínBooked at 55mins
  • 25Elneny
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forCeballosat 79′minutes
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 12WillianSubstituted forPépéat 76′minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 87′minutes
  • 14AubameyangBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 7Saka
  • 8Ceballos
  • 19Pépé
  • 28Willock
  • 30Nketiah
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 33Macey

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