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Willian and Gabriel speak out on their spectacular Arsenal debuts

Gabriel and Willian both impressed on their Premier League debuts for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s new signings Gabriel and Willian stole the show as Mikel Arteta’s side cantered to an opening day victory at Fulham.

Willian was credited with two assists and played a role in Alexandre Lacazette’s opener, while his Brazilian compatriot was a commanding presence at the back and marked his Premier League bow with a headed goal early in the second half.

Gabriel only had the benefit of several training sessions with his new team-mates before he was thrust into action amid a defensive injury crisis, but the former Lille centre-half, who cost £27million, hardly put a foot wrong.

Reacting to his first taste of English football, the 22-year-old said: ‘I’m very happy to make my debut, for the win and my goal, for being able to help my teammates. I haven’t been here long, but I got a good welcome and I’m very happy with that. There’s nothing better than starting with a win and a goal.

‘I am very happy to be able to work with him, I know I will learn a lot. It is a different style of play than what I had been doing, but it is a very good group of players…