Arsenal picked maximum points at Craven Cottage following a 3-0 win over Fulham in the first Premier League match of the 2020/21 season.
It was all smiles for Arsenal's new signings with Willian grabbing two assists on his debut while Gabriel scored a bullet header. The Gunners took the lead through Alexandre Lacazette before Gabriel grabbed the second with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the third of the evening.
Fulham had a brilliant start to the game, creating a number of chances but failed to capitalize. Arsenal got their first goal of the Premier League season inside ten minutes through Alexandre Lacazette.
Aubameyang picks up a diagonal at the left byline, stuck it back for Xhaka to have a wild shot, but that fortuitously fell for Willian, who tried to shoot at point-blank range. Rodak's parried it into Lacazette's path... and he rolled it into the empty net.
In the second half, the Gunners doubled their lead and it was a perfect debut for Gabriel. Lacazette won a corner on the right, and Willian curled in a beauty. Gabriel got up, so easily above Hector, and he headed it into the ground and past Rodak.
Gabriel is the 10th player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, and the first to do so in an away match since Thomas Vermaelen in August 2009 against Everton.#FULARS #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/07VgHqGbn2— Futaa.com (@Futaacom) September 12, 2020
It got better for the Gunners as captain Aubameyang grabbed a fantastic goal. It came from Lacazette winning the ball on halfway, and Willian's fine diagonal for Aubameyang in space on the left. He had space to get into the box, Odoi doesn't close him down, and he curled a beauty into the top right corner from 15 yards.
Match details: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Gabriel Magalhães' Arsenal debut by numbers:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 12, 2020
121 touches (most)
113 passes (most)
95% pass accuracy
5 ball recoveries
2 tackles made
2 fouls won
1 goal scored
0 goals conceded
0 x dribbled past
And he was named Man of the Match. 💪 pic.twitter.com/8chEE401rA