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EPL: Arsenal survive late Nottingham Forest charge to win at Emirates

Arsenal players celebrate after scoring

Arsenal had to survive a late rally by Nottingham Forest to win 2-1 in a Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

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It was both sides’ opening match of the season, and it had looked certain that Arsenal would win the game from the blast of the whistle. The Gunners had seen most of the ball but almost went down early after a mistake in their half set up Brennan Johnson for a one-on-one with Aaron Ramsdale in the 10th minute.

However, Johnson wasted the effort, much to the relief of the Arsenal side.

Bukayo Saka
Saka is closely marked by Forest’s Ola Aina

Arsenal took charge and found the first goal of the encounter in the 26th minute through Eddie Nketiah. The English forward, replacing an injured Gabriel Jesus in the starting eleven, fired between the legs of Joe Worrall to beat former teammate Matt Turner in the Nottingham Forest goal.

Bukayo Saka then doubled their lead with a beautiful curler in the 32nd minute. His strike left Turner with absolutely no chance as the ball beat him and floated into the net.

It all seemed smooth sailing for Arsenal until summer signing Jurrien Timber limped off in the 49th minute. The Netherlands international was replaced by Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has been linked with a departure from the North London club.

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But last season’s Premier League runners-up had to survive a late charge by Forest after substitute Taiwo Awoniyi clawed a goal back in the 83rd minute.

The game had been delayed by 30 minutes because of an e-ticketing system issue that meant most fans were still outside Emirates Stadium at the scheduled kick-off time of 12:30 BST.

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