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.”