Willian helped to set up all three objectives on his debut to steer Arsenal to a 3-0 victory over promoted Fulham on Saturday within the opening match of the pandemic-delayed Premier League season at an empty Craven Cottage.
The offseason recruit from Chelsea took simply eight minutes to make an affect with a close-range shot parried by goalkeeper Marek Rodak and Alexandre Lacazette tapped within the opener.
It was a nook from Willian 4 minutes into the second half that allowed Gabriel to assert a debut purpose. The defensive signing from Lille was left unmarked to move into the web.
And Willian’s move fed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who confronted little resistance as he reduce in earlier than curling into the highest nook.
It was a chastening begin to life again within the prime flight for Fulham. Just like Craven Cottage — the place the stand by the River Thames nonetheless is being constructed — supervisor Scott Parker has quite a lot of work forward if the west London membership is to outlive on the earth’s richest league.
The Premier League season began a month later than scheduled as a result of pandemic that’s nonetheless stopping followers from attending video games.
Arsenal has already performed as soon as this season with out followers — after successful the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
Picking up trophies wasn’t the issue in August, with the month beginning in FA Cup glory. The problem is returning to the Premier League’s prime 4 to qualify for the Champions League for the primary time for the reason that 2016-17 season after ending eighth final season.
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