Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Trossard, Jesus.
Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Jorginho, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Nketiah
Arsenal kicked off their first Champions League campaign in six years with a 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven, thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard.
The main talking point pre-kick off was the selection of David Raya who kept his place in goal ahead of Aaron Ramsdale, with Kai Havertz, Trossard and Jesus also coming in for Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah.
It took just eight minutes for Arsenal to take the lead through Saka after he was quickest to react when goalkeeper Walter Benitez palmed out Martin Odegaard’s stinging effort. 1-0.
Gabriel Jesus almost doubled the lead moments later but was inches away from connecting to Ben White’s low cross, however Leandro Trossard did make it two after finishing a lovely counter attack – curling a low strike into the bottom corner after good work from Jesus and Saka – to score his second goal in as many games. 2-0.
PSV looked shellshocked already despite creating a few openings themselves and the chances kept flowing for Arsenal with Havertz shooting over and Jesus forcing Benitez into another acrobatic save after some sharp footwork in the penalty area.
But the Brazilian would eventually get the goal his first half performance deserved after controlling a looped Trossard cross expertly before rifling a shot into the far corner, kick-starting the party atmosphere in North London. 3-0.
Understandably, the pace dropped slightly in the second half with an eye on Sunday’s North London derby, although two chances did fall to Jesus who just lacked the final action after being found by Odegaard and Havertz respectively.
Arguably the loudest cheer of the night arrived when Emile Smith Rowe was introduced for his first appearance of the season alongside Fabio Vieira, who replaced Jesus and Saka with 20 minutes to play.
And it wasn’t long before those Arsenal fans were celebrating a fourth when Odegaard drilled into the bottom corner from the edge of the area – his trademark finish – after some nice combination play between Smith Rowe and Nelson down the left hand side. 4-0.
As opening nights go, things couldn’t have gone much better for Arsenal and Arteta who welcomed Champions League football back to Emirates Stadium with a bang. Four goals, no injuries and key players were also taken off early ahead of Spurs’ visit on Sunday.
After trudging their way through some games against deep blocks early this season, the shackles were finally off their feet – and boy did Arsenal dance.