Arsenal winners and losers as Willian produces three assists in Gunners win

Arsenal eased past Scott Parker’s Fulham as the 2020/21 Premier League season kicked off at Craven Cottage.

Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, new signing Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a 3-0 win for the Gunners.

There was also a debut start for summer signing Willian, who responded to the task by producing three assists.

It was a fine start for Mikel Arteta’s side who played well against a battling Fulham in the first half.

Parker’s men switched off in the second half while Arsenal kept up their tempo and wrapped up the win comfortably.

But despite the win, there were still some Arsenal players who had better days than others…


Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette scores Arsenal’s first.
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Since arriving it’s safe to say Lacazette hasn’t quite had the same impact as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And with inconsistent starts last season much was made of his future this summer.

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But what a message to send Arteta. First goal of the Premier League season and a statement of intent.

Mohamed Elneny

Mohamed Elneny put in a decent shift.
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On loan at Besiktas last season it seemed as though the Egyptian’s days were numbered. But a solid display in the Community Shield led to a start at Craven Cottage.

Yet another decent performance and it seems as though Elneny might have a future yet.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future was in doubt.
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Another who seemed to be on his way out this summer with the club reportedly making him available for transfer.

But like Elneny, Maitland-Niles stepped up in the Community Shield and has shown his credentials once again.

Gabriel Magalhaes

Dream start: Gabriel Magalhaes scores on his debut.
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There can be a lot of pressure on new signings, especially when making their debuts away from home in the Premier League.