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It was just like watching Brazil. OK, perhaps that's getting carried away slightly but something's afoot at Arsenal — and the Samba influence is inescapable.

Willian provided three assists on his debut as the Gunners recorded an impressive opening-day victory over Fulham, the Brazilian hitting the ground with a sprint following his move from Chelsea.

Similarly, countryman Gabriel marked his first appearance in English football with a goal to cap a composed display.

Willian starred on his Arsenal debut in their 3-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League

Willian starred on his Arsenal debut in their 3-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League

The former Chelsea winger set up all of the Gunners' goals in the impressive victory

The former Chelsea winger set up all of the Gunners' goals in the impressive victory

When David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli return from injury, Arsenal's Brazilian connection will look even more solid. Until then, manager Mikel Arteta will have rely on Willian and Gabriel for his doses of Brazilian brilliance.

If the pair can replicate Saturday's showing, Arteta will have no qualms with that.

Poise, vision and experience — this display was everything we've come to expect from Willian.

If this is the impact agent Kia Joorabchian's players have on Arsenal, maybe whatever influence he has isn't so bad after all.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised Willian's display as they shake hands after his substitution

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised Willian's display as they shake hands after his substitution

Willian's sensational debut should come as no surprise — he has been producing performances like this for years at Stamford Bridge.

The truth is that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wanted Willian to stay, but the club would not match what the Gunners were offering. On the evidence of what happened at Craven Cottage, Chelsea's loss is Arsenal's gain.

Domestically, Willian has won the lot: Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup. Yet the hunger does not appear to have waned.

'Some players (when they have won so much) have a full stomach, but with Willian I had the opposite feeling,' said Arteta. 

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