ARSENAL finished off a terrific transfer window, with the arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney on deadline day.
And they followed that up with a scrappy victory against Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting off the mark – but Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were forced to remain in London.
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ARSENAL debutant Dani Ceballos forgot to Toon the other cheek as he got battered in the face by team-mates celebrating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner at Newcastle – even BEFORE he came on as a sub.
Spain midfielder Ceballos, on loan from the Bernabeu, looked Real Mad as he was accidentally clattered by Gunners' players rushing to mob Aubameyang.
The 23-year-old was clearly miffed to be biffed as he recoiled and struggled to break free from the hugging stars.
ARSENAL enjoyed a fantastic end to what has been labelled as one of their best ever transfer windows.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney both arrived on deadline day to solidify a leaky defence, while remaining within their reported tight budget.
But not a single new face started the first Premier League game of the season, as Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe were all on the bench.
Instead, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were among the starting XI against Newcastle United – while another academy product Ainsley Maitland-Niles provided the assist for the only goal of the game.
The right-back stole the ball off the Magpies on the right hand side before whipping in an early cross, met by last year’s Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to slot home.
While no more goals were scored, the Arsenal faithful had something else to smile about as Pepe entered in the 71st minute for his Gunners debut.
Martinelli and Ceballos also came on for their first Premier League appearance.
But Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were both missing from the matchday squad as they remained in London.
The pair have both been targeted by gangs in the capital, after almost having their watches stolen while they were out in London last month.
They have security posted outside their homes, but even they were involved in a brawl with locals in the past week.
Now Arsenal boss Unai Emery has claimed that he is unsure if the duo will return to face Burnley next week.
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