It may not have been a classic, but at the end of the day, Arsenal collected all three points away from home and kept a clean sheet. What is there not to like about that?
It was a workmanlike performance from Arsenal and that is no surprise when so many of their flair players were not available and the weather would not have helped either.
Anyway, enjoy the official highlights provided by SkySports.
Arsenal’s next game is against Burnley on Saturday 17th at the Emirates and the chances are that it will be a very different team to what we saw against Newcastle today, as Emery didn’t start with hardly any of our new signings. “I explained that the circumstances are different,” Emery told Arsenal.com. “David Luiz did pre-season with another team and he is okay to play physically but he only trained completely with us yesterday. On Friday he did 30 minutes with us. I was thinking to give them confidence to work together because they were working well together, Sokratis and Chambers.
“Nicolas Pepe came one week ago and physically he needs to get his best fitness to be ready to play 100 per cent for 90 minutes. I think that today 20 minutes is good for him.
“Ceballos is in the middle because he came before Pepe but he got an injury and he stopped training. But he needs to know the Premier League, so today was important for him and for us.
“I also used Reiss Nelson and Willock because they deserved to be with us and to give them confidence can help us. It’s the same with Martinelli, he played the last 10 minutes because he deserved it.”
So we won anyway, despite the weakened team, and so the season begins….