Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he was happy to take the first victory on the board after a difficult match.
“Yes, I am very happy with the victory. Three points, a draw, against a really difficult opponent and a very difficult place,” he told reporters after the match.
“We have shown great resilience to get through them and the way we started is really positive.
“We started very sharply, very agile, determined to play the way we wanted to. Generally positive.”
The Arsenal team came under increased scrutiny with the season opener the same week that the Amazon docu-series All or Nothing was released, documenting the team’s previous campaign.
But the guests didn’t look phased, because a flock of young stars started the match in brilliant form.
New signings are impressive
Newly minted Gabriel Jesus looked electrified at times and gave Arsenal extra intensity in the last third, while 21-year-old defender William Saliba was impressive in his first league appearance for the Gunners. Previously, Saliba spent time outside the club on loan.
The debut of the Ukrainian captain Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined the Emirates after leaving Manchester City, also took place.
The defender added composure to his new squad and was ready to help Martinelli with a header after a well-worked corner.
Although Arsenal’s performance looked a bit uneven at times in the second half, it was a positive start to the campaign that had high hopes.
Fans will be clamoring for a top-four finish after a strong transfer window and impressive pre-season.
League games this year started a week earlier than usual due to the fact that the Men’s World Cup is held in the middle of the season, and fans will be delighted with the full set of matches at the weekend.