Auba pleased to get Gunners off to winning start

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal of the season was enough for a depleted Arsenal to beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park. 

The Gunners were far from their best but the Gabon international’s tidy finish on 58 minutes proved to be enough to seal the points on a wet and windy afternoon on Tyneside.

After the game, he was asked by the BBC whether the win was deserved. “I think so, we fought today a lot,” he said.

“It was a great game against a good team. It was important to start with a win, last season we started bad, so we are happy.

“It is always positive for all the squad to win the first game, everyone is happy to get three points and we’re looking forward to winning more games.”

Aubameyang ended last season with 22 goals to his name, enough for a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot alongside Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The striker says, he’s got his eye on repeating the feat this year.

“Of course it is in the mind of a striker but first of all the team is the most important. I’m really pleased the goal helped us win the game.”

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midgunner

Looked really sharp all game.

The difference between the two teams, which is not a good thing unfortunately.

Hopefully we’ll improve.

charvakan

You’re right, Auba looked like the class player out there today, but credit AMN for the steal and assist that won this game.

Ya gooner

Ainsley really needs to play in midfield. That was a midfielders pass for the assist but he still sometimes gets rinced in wide areas. His composure on the ball he makes seem effortless and once bellerin is back I hope he plays there. He’s much better technically than xhaka and is some way ahead of guendouzi on the ball which is expected as he’s older.

HelderHughes

Every successful squad needs a utility player. AMN can play RB, RW or CM which is hugely useful. I can’t personally see him making inroads into any of those positions when everyone’s fit. But such a useful player to have, certainly something we’ve been lacking in recent years.

VAR will solve the problem

Definitely will need a lot of work and time. Ww cannot expect them to perform like Man City or Liverpool right away. New players and the youngsters need time. Essentially, half the first XI didnt start. Laca, Pepe, Luiz, Tierney, Ceballos, Torreira, Bellerin. Taking that into context, I’m satisfied.
Willock definetley will create competition for a spot in the midfield in few months if he keeps progressing. Mikhi and Xhaka are not really my favorite players but they did well today. Chambers did well as well.
Onward and upwards!

Anonymarse

Home game next week might be a bit more like it

Georgeycharles

I too am pleased – in fact, we’re all really pleased…

Mekus

I’m relieved.

Dave M

I’m relived so I already know we win the title this year.

Martin

So at the end of December we will be champions ???

Der32

First clean sheet of the season. Away win. Our top goalscorer opening his account of the season. Players coming back for next week’s home game. Happy days.

Goonereality

And with no Mustafi, that sinking feeling that something horrible defensively could happen at any moment wasn’t there either … Wow.

PeteyB

I’m pleased too.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Much better for us than an exciting 4-4 game. Wasn’t a top four performance though. We still have plenty of time.

Lithuanian Gooner

Getting 3 points and a clean sheet away isnt a top 4 spot performance? Please. You are playing too much fifa

Cultured determination

1 down. Another 21 more to go. Just that lets get to that by christmas this year.

Gunnerali

The win is the only thing that matters, let’s not get too worried about the performance.. The team and hopefully the way they play will be very different when the new players & those returning from injury are fully integrated into the team.

Naked Cygan

How the fk did Newcastle just get 1 yellow card in that match??? Should have been 5!!

Dastardlydick

Couldn’t agree more. What the hell was Atkinson thinking? Maybe he’s a closet Geordie.

Glasgow_Gooner

The forearm smash on Ceballos during the goal celebrations was funnier than it probably should have been.

Tommmy

BBC weather asking all the right questions

Goonereality

We needed a win to start us off and we got it. That said, and at the risk of being a little “negative”, it was pretty underwhelming with only a few bright points – Auba’s goal being one. However, it will help to build confidence and a lot of players, youngsters and new ones got a chance.

Bodie CI5

Great away win, what pleases me more is the clean sheet.

Santori

Good control and goal from Auba. Getting more and more busy pulling the ball wide for us (left particularly) and some nifty footwork which is encouraging.

Some moments he’s quick others when you expect him to be quick he seemingly isn’t.

BUT away from home with a bit more caution applied to ensure we kick off with a clean sheet, the right decision to go with him up top (and prob helped by Laca’s knock)