Premier League 2020/21 – opening weekend fixtures

ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

Team to play Fulham: Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Saka, Ceballos, Pepe, Willock, Nketiah, Kolasinac 13:30

FULHAM TEAM NEWS

Team to play Arsenal: Rodak, Ream, Hector, Odoi, Bryan, Onomah, Cairney, Reed, Kebano, Cavaleiro, Kamara

Subs: Areola, Mitrovic, Knockaert, Cordova-Reid, Le Marchand, Christie, Anguissa

1 min

We’re under way at Craven Cottage!

4 min

Maitland-Niles long pass back is left by Gabriel and Leno has to come out and deny Kamara at his feet!

GOAL! FULHAM 0-1 ARSENAL (Lacazette, 9) Arsenal get their first goal of the Premier League season.

13 min

Aubameyang is on the left so far trying to resist the urge to fall inside to a central position.

17 min

Lacazette has become the first player to score the very first goal of two Premier League seasons (also 2017/18).

22 min

Lacazette’s ball finds Elneny just inside the box, but Ream blocks well! Xhaka then wildly sends the ball well over the bar.

27 min

Willian is given the ball from 20 yards, in a central position, and he whips it brilliantly to the left of the wall…

32 min

Maitland-Niles looks for Lacazette running in-behind in the box but it’s just overhit and out of play!

38 min

Tierney’s drives the ball into Aubameyang’s who strikes it well left footed, but Rodak is down to deny him well. 

45 min

One minute added on at Craven Cottage..

45 + 1 min

FULHAM 0-1 ARSENAL

46 min

Back under way in the second half at Craven Cottage..

GOAL! FULHAM 0-2 ARSENAL (Gabriel, 49) Gabriel is the 10th player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, and the first to do so in an away match since Thomas Vermaelen in August 2009 against Everton.

53 min

Kamara then strikes the rebound from the edge of the box, but it’s lashed a few yards wide of Leno’s right-hand post!

GOAL! FULHAM 0-3 ARSENAL (Aubameyang, 57)

60 min

Iit’s two assists for Willian on his Arsenal debut.

65 min

Fulham changes. Kamara and Kebano come off, replaced by Anguissa and Mitrovic. 

70 min

Mitrovic has a snapshot from just outside the box, but Leno is firmly behind it. 

74 min

Aubameyang squares for Lacazette… but his point-blank effort is blocked well by Rodak! Bellerin’s rebound is also blocked by Rodak, but the flag was up for an offside in the build-up!

78 min

Willian’s day is done, with Pepe coming on, while Onomah is replaced by Bobby Reid for Fulham. 

80 min

Another Arsenal change – Xhaka’s replaced by Ceballos.

85 min

Bellerin and Pepe drive dangerous balls right across the face of the Fulham goal – but it doesnt amount to anything. 

87 min

In comes Nketiah, for Lacazette – who’s scored the first goal of this new Premier League season.

90 min

Three minutes’ added time here.

90 + 3 min

FULHAM 0-3 ARSENAL

Gabriel scored on his debut, Willian got two assists and Aubameyang was also in score sheet.

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