A win is a win. After being in control and comfortable ahead of their opening Premier League match Saturday afternoon, Arsenal struggled and even limped to a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Dominating the first half and taking a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah and a rocket from Bukayo Saka’s left foot, it seemed like the rout was on. Forest countered in the second half on a long untouched run from Anthony Elanga that led to Taiwo Awoniyi halving the deficit in the 82nd minute.
Arsenal hung on for the last 15 and got the win. But it shouldn’t have been as challenging as the Gunners made it.
5 reactions from Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest
Here are five reactions from Saturday’s game.
1. Disappointing win
If there is ever a win that feels disappointing, it was this one. It’s early, but spending £200m and hanging on to a win at home against a side that many predict are going to struggle is disappointing. Forest were the worst-performing away side in the division last season, too.
On Friday we saw the treble winners lay to rest a newly promoted side away from home and never be in any real danger. It felt that was the way Arsenal were going after being up 2-0.
It almost felt like Arsenal took the foot off the pedal and were content with two goals. In a season where we’re chasing one of the best sides in Premier League history, every goal counts – scored or conceded. There was not any real urgency down the stretch to get the third that may have put this match away for good.
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