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Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal - Three talking points as Gunners start with a win

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Arsenal were made to work hard by a resilient Newcastle United side but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s solitary goal in the second half was enough to give Unai Emery a winning start to the new season.

There were a ton of positives for Emery to take from this game before we welcome Burnley for the first home game of the season. Here are the three talking points from our opening day win against the Magpies on Sunday.

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Arsenal started with two teenagers in their opening game for the first time in 21 years. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were both incredibly impressive and the future certainly is bright with those two leading the way.

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Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers also deserve humungous credit for their performances on Sunday and Emery will have a good selection headache in the coming weeks if the same continues.

Clean sheet:

Bernd Leno has already equalled our away clean sheet record from last season. While there certainly is room for improvement, it was a positive showing by our backline on Sunday. Sokratis and Chambers were both solid for the majority of the game. The duo comfortably dealt with Almiron and Joelinton which eliminated most of their attacking threat.

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Our organisation in set-piece situations looked much better than what it was last season. Emery has to make sure that the same continues throughout the campaign which would make us less likely to concede.

Squad depth:

Injuries, lack of pre-season and security concerns prevented Emery from fielding his strongest eleven on Sunday. However, the ones who played against the Magpies would have certainly made him proud.

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Arsenal boasted of a bench as strong as ever with the likes of Dani Ceballos, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Lucas Torreira. Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are amongst others who will further boost the squad when they return.

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