ARSENAL kicked off their 2023/24 Premier League season with a victory against Nottingham Forest, securing a vital 3 Points, though the conclusion of the game was marked by some nervous moments for the Gunners.

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The Hale Enders showcased their prowess with two exquisite finishes by Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka, firmly establishing Arsenal’s dominance during the first half of the match. However, a late goal from Taiwo Awoniyi in the second half compelled Arsenal to vigorously defend their advantage until the very end.

In the absence of Gabriel Jesus due to injury, Eddie Nketiah assumed the role and kick-started Arsenal’s journey with their inaugural goal of the season. Notably, the 24-year-old has impressively netted 14 goals in his previous 16 starts at the Emirates Stadium across all competitions. His feat also included the distinction of becoming the first English player since Theo Walcott in the 2016-17 season to score Arsenal’s first premier league goal of the season.

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Despite Nketiah’s contributions in attack, he was quick to commend the team’s defensive efforts in preserving the lead:

We had a really good start and scored the two goals, but they crept back into it, especially late on. It was a bit of a nervy finish but I think we defended really well and I think we deserved the three points

Eddie Nketiah

Reflecting on the match, Nketiah acknowledged the initial strong performance, the subsequent resurgence of the opposing team, and the ensuing tense climax. He expressed his confidence in the team’s resolute defense, and stated clearly that the victory was well-deserved.

Arsenal’s impressive 79% possession would have counted for nothing had Nottingham Forest leveled the scoreline. In the game of football, the only statistics that matter, at the end of it all, are goals scored. The Gunners, however, survived the nervy ending of the game to clinch three points on the opening week of the season.

Despite Arsenal’s dominance for the majority of the 82 minutes, the Gunners found themselves in a precarious position following Taiwo Awoniyi’s unexpected late goal, which infused Nottingham Forest with a renewed sense of hope. Yet, the Gunners demonstrated resilience in the final moments, ultimately securing the victory thanks to Bukayo Saka’s world class strike.

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