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Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli was the star v Fulham

Arsenal continued their perfect start to the new Premier League season on Saturday afternoon as they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at the Emirates.

Gabriel’s mistake allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to make it 1-0, but Martin Odegaard’s deflected effort quickly saw Mikel Arteta’s side draw level.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Gabriel atoned for his mistake by scrambling the ball home from a corner with less than five minutes remaining, ensuring that the Gunners would keep their status as the only team in the Premier League with a 100% record.

One man who impressed in the win against Marco Silva’s side was 21-year-old winger Gabriel Martinelli.

The Brazilian has started the new season in fine form, contributing two goals in the first four Premier League fixtures, for which he has averaged a superb 7.36 rating from WhoScored.

Saturday’s match saw Martinelli earn an impressive 8.0/10 rating from SofaScore for his performance, which was the second-best of any player to feature, with only Odegaard ranked higher after his goal.

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The exciting young winger was a constant threat to Fulham’s defence throughout the game, registering two shots on target and one shot off target, which hit the woodwork. He also saw four shots blocked by the Fulham defence, so he was perhaps unfortunate not to come away with a goal.

Considering Martinelli averaged just 1.8 shots per game in the top flight last season, it is clear that he was on top form against the Cottagers.

He was also a huge creative threat at the Emirates, contributing a remarkable five key passes, which was comfortably the most of any player on the pitch, and also significantly more than his average of 1.2 from last season.

It was his corner too that caused havoc for the winner, as he whipped in a mean cross to the front post that Bernd Leno was unable to gather.

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Indeed, his passing was excellent against Fulham, as he registered an 84% success rate and completed all four of his long ball attempts, which again was an improvement on last season’s 79.7%.

Besides the corner, he also created another big chance during the game, so while he failed to score or directly assist on Saturday, the wonderkid dubbed a “phenomenon” by Brazilian legend Dani Alves was arguably Arteta’s star man.

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