Willian and Gabriel Arsenal debuts by numbers make for impressive reading

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Arsenal won 3-0 against Fulham on Saturday in a fine start to the Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta watched his team cruise to victory with goals from each of Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, two of which were created by Willian.

The performances of Gabriel and Willian would have been particularly impressive to the Spanish boss, especially considering that they have only had a matter of weeks in training.

The numbers surrounding those two players have now been crunched by the experts, and they promise great things should the duo continue in a similar fashion across the season.

Gabriel, who was named as the man of the match, had the most touches and passes in the game with 121 and 133.

The 22-year-old also made three clearances of two tackles, winning two fouls and finding the back of the net.

Willian had a pass accuracy of 96 per cent, entered the penalty area five times and most notably created three chances which ended up in two assists.

Overall it was the perfect start for Arteta, who has praised his players as they took an early lead at the top of the table.

He said: "I wanted to see my team determined with a lot of energy and do the things we did in training. We did it today.

"Gabriel didn't play for six months before today. Mohamed Elneny was brilliant.

“He has been excellent in training since day one. I know him well – we played together. Today he was phenomenal. All the boys tried really hard."

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Another topic of discussion was the future of Aubameyang, who is yet to agree on a new deal.

When asked about the Aubameyang contract situation, Arteta said: "I'm really positive we'll get it done.

“Hopefully in the next few days you can get some news."

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