Three Arsenal players made it into the BBC Premier League Team of the Week after the opening round of fixtures over the weekend.

Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) shakes hands with Arsenal's Spanish first-team manager Mikel Arteta (R) after coming off substituted during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Willian (L) shakes hands with first-team manager Mikel Arteta (R) on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

After their 3-0 win over Fulham left them top of the table following the opening round of fixtures, three Arsenal players made it into the BBC Team of the Week on Monday night.

The first was debutant defender Gabriel. Garth Crooks says the centre-back “looked commanding at the back and comfortable on the ball”. With a debut goal, a clean sheet and 24 more completed passes than anyone else, it’s not hard to see why he made it in.

The second was Willian, another non-surprise inclusion. The winger provided two assists, hit the post, and a first-half shot led to Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal on the rebound.

Crooks argues that Chelsea letting Willian move to Arsenal was “madness”. He suggests the debut would’ve been “an agonising watch for his former manager Frank Lampard”.

Finally, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also took up a slot on the team. Crooks called the striker “the star of the show”, labelling his goal “a different class”.

It’s reportedly the first time an Arsenal player has scored on consecutive first Premier League matchdays since Robert Pires in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

You always like to see Arsenal players getting some recognition after a win. They certainly get their fair share of criticism following negative results.

It’s a strong start for Gabriel and Willian, and one they just need to keep going. As for Aubameyang, I think we’re all well aware of how important he is already. Arsenal just need to announce that contract extension.