Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Happy Saturday! Iwobi savours first new season victory

Happy Saturday! Iwobi savours first new season victory

"Yeah he was ill and yesterday we decided with the doctor and with him that he would not play".

Issa Diop's own goal and Danny Welbeck's late strike helped an unconvincing Arsenal secure their first victory under Emery since the former Sevilla and Paris St-Germain boss replaced Arsene Wenger in May. Despite losing the opening game to the reigning champions, he said (via Evening Standard) "Yes, I believe we can win it this season because of the players and staff we have".

Breaking onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan's pass down the right flank, Hector Bellerin whipped over a cross that ran through to Monreal at the far post, where the left-back lashed home from close-range to cap a fine 17-pass move.

Two defeats from two matches hasn't been an ideal start for Emery, but Lacazette insisted that it will take some time for the team to adjust to life under their new manager.

"We are happy with the first three points after two defeats, but it's clear we need to improve", said Emery, who dismissed reports he had fallen out with Mesut Ozil after the flu-stricken German missed the match.

The win followed losses to Manchester City and Chelsea and Wales midfielder Ramsey added: "It was hard, it was my first 90 minutes - even [including] pre-season - so I am glad I got that in the system".

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He said, "More transition".

In an end-to-end start to the second-half, Pellegrini's men passed up another great chance to re-establish their lead.

Either way, the Spaniard finally got his maiden win to kick-start his tenure despite questions remaining over the defensive ability of his side.

"I think, from the game today, fans will see we are on our way".

The 21-year-old became the eighth player to score an own goal on his English topflight debut and the first Hammer to do so in the competition. "Arsenal didn't create too many chances during the game, we created double the chances as them".

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