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Saka stunner proves vital as Arsenal survive late Forest scare

Arsenal began their season with a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest, who set up a tense finish despite stunning goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka.

The Gunners fans were made to wait to see their team get in the groove - with kick-off at the Emirates Stadium delayed by half an hour due to turnstile issues - but a couple of slick strikes put them in control by half-time.

Gabriel Martinelli's stunning turn and flick allowed Nketiah to put a deflected effort past Matt Turner - making his Forest debut after joining from Arsenal in midweek - mid-way through the first half, before Saka's stunning effort into the top corner doubled the lead six minutes later.

Arsenal were cruising towards victory, with new £105m midfielder Declan Rice hitting the post and Forest providing little at the top end of the pitch. But Taiwo Awoniyi's goal back with seven minutes left caused a nervy end to matters at the Emirates.

Morgan Gibbs-White then curled what would have been an instant leveller over the bar but Arsenal held on for an opening weekend win.

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