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Gabriel debut, Rob Holding turns into Ronaldinho & more- Talking points from Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

Arsenal began the new 2020/21 Premier League season with a comfortable 3-0 win at Craven Cottage. The Gunners have had a tendency to be inconsistent on the road, so three points and a clean sheet on the opening day of the campaign was about as perfect as it could get for manager Mikel Arteta. Here are our talking points.

2nd minute mix up between Gabriel and Bernd Leno after AMN’s back pass

A horrible mix up between debutant Gabriel Magalhaes and goalkeeper Bernd Leno following a bad back pass from Ainsley-Maitland Niles nearly resulted in a horror start for the Gunners. Fortunately Leno came out rushing and Kamara, who had attempted to round the German international, fluffed his lines.

Had Kamara been able to capitalise, it could have punctured Gabriel’s confidence early in the game and required the Gunners to come from behind. A vital moment in the 2nd minute of the game.

Magalhaes scores on debut

Speaking of Brazilian Gabriel, David Luiz’s injury forced Arteta into giving the summer signing his Premier League debut at Craven Cottage. He played in the middle of a back three, with Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding on either side of him, and all things considered, had a decent afternoon bar the early mix up mentioned above.

Gabriel also capped his debut with a nice headed goal in the second half. It was Brazilian to Brazilian- Willian (also on his league debut for Arsenal) from a corner to Gabriel.

Arsenal Lineup vs Fulham 2020

Rob Holding turns prime Ronaldinho

There was a little bit of exquisite skill from Rob Holding just prior to the Gabriel goal. Well worth a watch, and the defender and striker Alexandre Lacazette had a little laugh about it too! Continue reading “Gabriel debut, Rob Holding turns into Ronaldinho & more- Talking points from Fulham 0-3 Arsenal”

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16th Community Shield, Lovely Auba goal, Ice cool AMN & More- Talking Points from Arsenal v Liverpool

Arsenal claimed their 16th Charity Shield title as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the traditional curtain raiser to the English league season. It was a nice way to end August for Gunners gaffer Mikel Arteta after having added the FA Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet earlier in the month.

Here are our talking points from the fixture.

Lovely Aubameyang goal: Arsenal’s goal was a thing of beauty. They played it out from the back and completely tore Liverpool apart- not many teams have been able to do so against Jurgen Klopp’s defensively well-organised Reds in recent times. Bellerin and Saka both played important roles in the move, and the Aubameyang finish was simply marvellous.

Reckon we could see more of this when the league season starts- this was a glorious example of Arteta ball.

Ice cool Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal slotted all five of their penalties in the shootout, but the pick of them was from Ainsley-Maitland Niles, who epitomised cool with his spot kick. He also turned 23 on the day of the game, and was named Man of the Match. A great to celebrate your birthday!

The Marriner factor: Interestingly enough, the three AFC LFC games with Marriner at the helm before this had all ended in draws. And so did this one, rather fascinatingly. A nice stat for the trivia oriented and betting folks perhaps? Continue reading “16th Community Shield, Lovely Auba goal, Ice cool AMN & More- Talking Points from Arsenal v Liverpool”