First-half goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka earned Arsenal the three points in an uncomfortable game for the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta’s side were in cruise control against Nottingham Forest but were given a late scare when Taiwo Awoniyi scored a consolation.
Keeping pace with Manchester City will be difficult, but Arsenal reminded the entire league what they’re capable of when they keep their foot on the gas.
A slow start was overcome when Nketiah struck home a deflected shot shortly before William Saliba regained possession high up the pitch before Saka scored a goal-of-the-season contender on day one of the new campaign.
But the run from Anthony Elanga before teeing up Awoniyi was a reminder to the title-chasing Gunners that it will not come easy this season.
Who stood out?
It goes without saying that the star player in the tie was Bukayo Saka. The 23-year-old has quickly become one of the best right-sided attackers in the world and his goal showcased the quality he brings on a consistent basis.
He gave Ola Aina a torrid time and his move onto his left foot has become Arjen Robben level of predictability and execution.
Eddie Nketiah caught the eye in the central striker position after some scepticism in pre-season on his ability to step up to become a regular for the Gunners. In this case, it was in the absence of Gabriel Jesus, but this performance should convince many that he’s capable of being the leading man for Mikel Arteta.
Gabriel Martinelli also impressed in the final third and his piece of skill opened up the Forest defence for the Nketiah opener in the first half.
Supporters will be expecting more from Kai Havertz and Declan Rice as the two both had quiet games with moments that sparked into life.