Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal got their season off to a winning start away at Newcastle.
The Gunners spent £138M in the summer transfer window but it was their talisman of last season that won them all three points.
The 30-year-old found the back of the net in the 57th minute after lifting the ball over Martin Dubravka.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match Aubameyang said he thought they deserved the win.
"We fought today a lot. It was a great game against a good team. It was important to start with a win, last season we started bad, so we are happy.
"It is always positive for all the squad to win the first game, everyone is happy to get three points and we're looking forward to winning more games."
With 22 goals the Gabonese striker was the joint Premier League top scorer last season, alongside Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Despite that being on his mind again this season, he added that the win was more important.
"Of course it is in the mind of a striker but first of all the team is the most important. I'm really pleased the goal helped us win the game."
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