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Arsenal player ratings vs Nottingham Forest: Bukayo Saka stunner sees nervy Gunners claim opening-weekend win



The England international scored a wonderful goal from distance as the Gunners kicked off their title bid with three precious points

Arsenal kicked off their 2023-24 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon – but the Gunners were left hanging on at the end of a game they had dominated for more than 80 minutes.

It was the visitors who had the best chance of the opening quarter, but Brennan Johnson didn’t even hit the target after finding himself clean through on goal.

Arsenal took the lead soon after, with Eddie Nketiah firing home after a sensational piece of skill on the left wing from Gabriel Martinelli, and doubled their advantage courtesy of a stunning strike from distance from Bukayo Saka.

At that point, a rout appeared inevitable but Taiwo Awoniyi set up a grandstand finish when he turned in a cut-back from Anthony Elanga, who had led a blistering break from inside his own half.

Despite a few more nervy moments, though, Arsenal held on to kick off their title bid with three precious points. Below, GOAL rates the performance of Mikel Arteta’s players…