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Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta reacts to Gabriel debut and praises Elneny

The Spaniard was very pleased with his side’s opening-day victory (Picture: BT Sport)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for debutant Gabriel after he made his first competitive appearance since March, while he labelled Mohamed Elneny’s performance as ‘phenomenal’.

The Gunners made the ideal start to the new Premier League season, winning 3-0 against Fulham at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

With David Luiz injured, Gabriel was drafted in for his first start since the French league was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis, scoring, keeping a clean sheet and playing an astonishing 113 passes.

Gabriel scored Arsenal’s second goal with a towering header after the break (Picture: Getty)

Fellow summer recruit Willian, meanwhile, was involved in all three goals and Arteta was delighted with the pair, while he also highlighted Elneny’s role in the victory.

Asked about the strong performances of his debutants, Arteta told BT Sport: ‘Yeah, they’ve been training really well to be fair.

‘For Gabriel it was a big challenge to come to this small ground in the Premier League, I think…