New Brazilian pair give Arsenal Brazilian flair…

Brazil duo shine on the Thames! by Shenel Osman

First game of the Premier League season, same old Willian.

Both Willian and his Brazilian counterpart Gabriel got to make their debuts against Fulham on a sunny Thames river in a newish look Arsenal side.

Willian seemed to pick up where he left off from Chelsea, still making runs, clever passes, having a hand in all three of our goals and just bossing the game. We knew what he was capable of and knew he would be able to impact us in a positive way, but given his age a lot of fans were left questioning what he would actually bring and how long for.

Let’s be honest he may not bring the same flair week in week out but what player can always be 100% consistent especially in a season that is boasting 38 games, two domestic cup competitions, a Europa League and then preparation for the Euros 2020, Covid-19 permitting.

Gabriel was also another one who bossed the game and was named man of the match by the BT Sport commentators, and deservedly so. After a shaky start with a small miscommunication between himself and Leno, he composed himself and showed his pace and ability to win duels in the park. He settled in well to the back three that Arteta picked and also managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a goal on his debut, scoring from a Willian corner early into the second half, becoming the third Arsenal defender to score on his debut.

With the Brazilian flair we have in our ranks and a successful debuting start for both Willian and Gabriel, we can only hope they take this performance, passion and attitude with them throughout the season, because if they do then it won’t be long before they will be lifting some trophies come eight month’s time.

Heres hoping hey Gooners?



  1. Mrcool says:

    Why is martineli taking so long time to recover from his injury?

    I just hope he doesn’t end up as another Diaby, Chamberlain, Ramsy or Wilshere?
    I love him, I want to see him play every week.

    1. Sue says:

      Was a nasty injury! He should return to training by the end of the year…

  2. Sue says:

    Watching those 2 yesterday made me want to do the samba in my living room!!! And with Holding channeling his inner Ronaldinho… awesome!
    What a transfer window this is proving to be for us 👌
    Some Evertonians were gutted on Twitter having ‘missed out’ on Gabriel!

    1. AY75 says:

      They shouldn’t be…… he wouldn’t play as well for them, and neither should man u fans….. I mean, Maguire went from solid to crap, and all it took was a transfer to Manchester. I don’t want to sound overconfident, but Arteta might as well be the difference between Gabriel being an awesome player and being just another relatively good defender. You can see the improvement across the squad, especially in the defence. Everyone seems to be confident and playing with purpose under Arteta….. Long may it continue, many more wins for him, and I hope we have a great season ahead.

      1. Sue says:

        Maguire is in my kitchen chilling my pepsi max 🤣🤣🤣
        We’re in for a great season, AY75 👍

  3. Paulfrancis.O says:

    Hope Arteta’s boy can continue this way,if so the cup will definitely land in Emirates stadium come the end of d season.Kudos to the guys for job Weldon against Fulham yesterday

  4. Reggie says:

    Very very early but he gives us something we haven’t had for a while, physical dominance, he is a beast, lets hope he is a baller.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 Gabriel fits the required profile for a very good CB in the EPL.

      1. Reggie says:

        Looks promising Ozzie but far bigger tests await.

  5. Siamois says:

    Out of Fulham’s 11 crosses, 3 reached one of their players,promising I’d say!

    1. ken1945 says:

      Better stats than a certain vandyke and we haven’t even seen Salibas next to him yet.
      I believe we now have the strength to compete in all of the four competitions, while giving each of our defenders time out… injuries permitting of course.

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