Arsenal started their pursuit of a first top-flight title in two decades with a tight 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest during the opening weekend.
After securing a Community League win against Manchester City, the Gunners displayed a confident performance at Emirates Stadium. However, their satisfaction was somewhat dampened by concerns about an injury to their summer signing, Jurrien Timber.
Despite sustained pressure, Forest had a chance to take the lead in the 11th minute, but Brennan Johnson failed to hit the target after being sent clear through on Aaron Ramsdale.
This missed opportunity proved crucial as the hosts seized the lead in the 26th minute. Eddie Nketiah capitalized on impressive play from Gabriel Martinelli on the left.
Just past the half-hour mark, Mikel Arteta’s team doubled their advantage. Bukayo Saka cut in from the right and unleashed a sensational 25-yard shot into the far corner, leaving former teammate and Forest debutant Matt Turner with no chance in goal.
Even though Arsenal continued to control the game after the break, they faced a setback when Timber had to leave the field due to what appeared to be a knee injury sustained just before halftime.
Another newcomer, Declan Rice, came close to securing a more decisive result, twice testing Turner before Forest managed to pull a goal back through substitute Taiwo Awoniyi eight minutes from the end.
The match concluded in an intense back-and-forth finale, but Forest couldn’t secure a late equalizer, allowing the Gunners to hold on for the win.
Arsenal’s next fixture is an away match against Crystal Palace, while Forest will host Sheffield United.