4 talking points as new signings shine in dream start for Gunners

Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian both impressed for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side beat newly promoted Fulham 3-0 in the first game of the new Premier League season.

Arsenal got their Premier League campaign off to a perfect start with a win over Fulham.

Mikel Arteta’s side put in a dominant display at Craven Cottage with goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang giving them three points.

A bright start from new signing Willian led to Lacazette tapping in the opener in the first half before a quick-fire second half double soon put the game to bed.

For Fulham, it was a tough introduction back to the Premier League under Scott Parker after their promotion.

But Arsenal kicked off their season in style and will now have high hopes in Arteta’s first full season in charge.

Here are five talking points from the opening game of the new Premier League season.

1.Willian’s dream debut
Willian has switched blue for red by leaving Chelsea for Arsenal. Eyebrows were raised when he was handed a long-term deal on big-money.

But Willian got up and running in perfect fashion with a stunning display.

He delivered two assists and was arguably the best player on the park at Craven Cottage.

Mikel Arteta has been adamant that Willian can be a huge player for his side and he showed exactly what he can offer in an incisive Arsenal display.

2.Finally an answer at centre-back?
Gabriel Magalhaes was handed his debut after a summer move from Lille with Arsenal still longing for their answer at centre-back.

The Brazilian defender has had minimal time with his new side but injuries to David Luiz and Sokratis saw him thrown straight in at the deep end.

Magalhaes showed his imposing physical presence and barely put a foot wrong in what was a hugely encouraging start to his Premier League career.

He often went for a no-nonsense approach on the ball and won everything in the air, including a debut goal as he rose highest from a set piece.

Whilst tougher tests lie ahead it was a promising first outing for Arsenal’s new-boy.

3.Lacazette off the mark
Alexandre Lacazette suffered a crisis of confidence in front of goal last season.

The Frenchman started firing blanks and struggled to get his form back in the latter stages of the season as he lost his spot as a regular starter up front.

But he enters the new season with a fresh start and determined to prove his worth. Despite speculation surrounding his future, Lacazette is still keen to show manager Mikel Arteta he is a vital man.

He got off the mark early on with a simple goal which will do no harm to his confidence after finding himself in the right place at the right time.

His latest strike leaves him just one shy of 50 goals for the Gunners entering his fourth season, and getting off the mark early on will hopefully be the catalyst for a strong run of form.

4.Arteta’s fluidity
Utilising the same system which delivered Charity Shield success, Mikel Arteta again showed fluidity with his Arsenal setup.

When Fulham had the ball, Ainsley Maitland-Niles dropped into a left-back role, allowing Kieran Tierney to tuck in and create a back five.

But when Arsenal had possession, Maitland-Niles slotted into a midfield role, tucking in centrally as Tierney attacked from full-back.

That system saw him support Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Maitland-Niles making late runs from midfield.

The system again worked effectively with Fulham often encouraging them to attack down the left and the fluidity of the formation is a major plus for Arteta.