Three Key Talking Points From Arsenal’s Thumping Victory Over Fulham On Opening Day

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Arsenal showcased excellent form and determination by starting their 2020/21 campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham. There were several positives to take from this game for Mikel Arteta, who is keen on guiding his team back into the Premier League top four this season.

In this article, we will talk about three key talking points from Arsenal’s victory over Fulham.

New Signings Shine

The biggest takeaway from Arsenal’s win yesterday was the impressive performances of their new signings. Willian, in particular, was the man of the match as he registered two assists while becoming a menace for the Fulham defence throughout the game. His past experience in the English top-flight had undoubtedly helped him settle in quickly at Emirates, it seems.

Another debutant who impressed the onlookers was Gabriel Magalhaes. He initially endured a rusty start, showcasing rather poor communication with goalkeeper Bernd Leno. However, the Brazilian eventually settled into the game and provided some clinical passes out from the back. His contributions in defence and build-up were further complemented by an excellent headed goal, which was assisted by Willian himself.

Such impressive performances from Arsenal’s new signings could serve as a significant boost for Mikel Arteta as he hopes for a positive campaign ahead.

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Revival Of Mohamed Elneny Could Be On The Cards

Mohamed Elneny, it seems, has emerged as a reliable option for Arteta in central midfield after returning from his relatively successful loan spell at Besiktas. He has featured not only in the Community Shield but also played the whole ninety minutes in the win over Fulham.

The Egyptian international didn’t disappoint either, providing some excellent passes in the middle third of the pitch while creating multiple turnovers. It played a critical role in helping Arsenal dominate the proceedings.

Therefore, it isn’t unreasonable to imagine Elneny potentially reviving his career at Emirates this season, especially given the way how Arteta has managed to reinvigorate certain players during his short ongoing spell at the club.

Kieran Tierney To Be Considered As A Centre-Back This Season

Although Arsenal are struggling with an injury crisis in defence at the moment, with the likes of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all sidelined, Kieran Tierney could still be considered as a centre-back by Arteta throughout the remainder of the season.

The Scot had shown remarkable discipline, determination and tenacity while featuring as a centre-back during the backend of last season. He has managed to replicate those performances in the wins over Liverpool and Fulham.

He is capable of sticking to his marker while his pace adds a new dimension to Arsenal’s backline. It is complemented by an ability to march forward. As a result, it won’t be surprising to see the ex-Celtic man competing with the likes of Luiz, William Saliba and Mari for a place in central defence this season.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.