There’s nothing like scoring a goal on your Premier League debut, especially when you’re two minutes into your career at a club that made you their most expensive signing. That’s what Alexandre Lacazette did in Arsenal’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory against Leicester City. But he wasn’t the first player to score on his Arsenal debut under Arsene Wenger, let’s check out the names Lacazette joins.
Freddie Ljungberg made over 200 appearances for Arsenal between 1998-2007 scoring close to 50 goals. The first of them came from his debut appearance in the Premier League, a 3-0 win over rivals Manchester United. It took place six matches into the season but the Swede didn’t wait long scoring the final goal of the match moments after coming off the bench. A perfect way to settle the nerves.
Emmanuel Adebayor is the type of character you just have to like. Even Arsenal fans who had to watch him play for Manchester City and Tottenham after his stint at the Emirates would have to admit they’re a fan. A large part of that may be from the start he made for the club. Signing from Monaco in the January transfer window of the 2005-06 season, Adebayor opened his account 21 minutes into his debut, a 2-0 victory away to Birmingham City.
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Life used to be a whole lot happier for Frenchman Samir Nasri, before being loaned out to Sevilla and having his Twitter hacked, being accused of doping and having an affair on his girlfriend. The two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City made the perfect debut with Arsenal in the 2008-09 season. Similarly to Lacazette, Nasri scored four minutes into the opening match of the campaign, helping the Gunners to a 1-0 win over West Brom.
Injuries have restricted Belgian Thomas Vermaelen to making just 20 appearances since leaving Arsenal after a five-year stint in 2014. Joining the club in 2009, Vermaelen scored 37 minutes into his debut, a 6-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park. The current Barcelona defender went on to score seven goals in the 2009-10 campaign, the most in his career.
As mentioned in the intro, if a club signs you for $90 million you need instant results. Fortunately that’s what former Lyon forward Lacazette produced in his debut, finding the back of the net less than 120 seconds into his Premier League debut as Arsenal scored twice in a matter of moments to secure a 4-3 win to begin the 2017-18 season. The goal was nothing short of sublime either, a powerful and perfectly placed header off the back of a pinpoint Hector Bellerin cross.
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