Date: 13th August 2019 at 5:05am
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kickstarted their Premier League campaign with a narrow victory against on Sunday afternoon.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the game’s only goal as he flicked home a neat effort following Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pinpoint cross from deep.

A clean sheet may have come as a surprise as the Gunners had well-documented defensive problems last season – ranking as only the ninth-best in the league, behind the likes of Wolves and Sunday’s opposition Newcastle despite finishing higher in the league.

Arsenal looked to be going into this season with Sokratis and the calamitous Shkodran Mustafi as the only senior options at centre-back but that changed when David Luiz arrived on deadline day – though he was only able to make the bench having trained just once with his new side.

, returning from a loan spell with Fulham last season, was trusted with the honours alongside Sokratis and it paid dividends for boss .

His performance earned plenty of plaudits on Twitter following the game…

One supporter said the 24-year-old was the future of the defence alongside Rob Holding with Sokratis and Luiz being able to mentor them. Another added that he looked solid and was definitely a better option than Mustafi.

Others believed the defender read the game well and was always in the right positions whilst one Gooner believed he would become a regular for Arsenal.

Here’s the best of the reaction: