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Arsenal Sends a Clear Warning to Rivals: Trouble Ahead

London - Arsenal has kicked off this season in the English Premier League on a positive note. Their performance against Nottingham Forest strongly indicates that The Gunners are poised to pose a challenge to their rivals.

Notably, their first-half display during their 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on Saturday night (August 12, 2023) has sent a powerful message. Goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka propelled the hosts to a 2-0 lead in the first half, with Forest responding through Taiwo Awoniyi in the match's dying moments.

Right from the kickoff, The Gunners took the initiative. The emphasis on the first-half performance has been crucial. However, it translated into a drop in their performance during the second half. This decline has become a talking point for Arsenal's manager, Mikel Arteta.

However, Arsenal's showing in the initial 45 minutes has been deemed sufficient to solidify their status as contenders for the title. The London-based team has been described as vibrant and relentless.

"It was a brilliant first-half performance. We had to wait a bit due to a delay, but Arsenal was exceptional in those first 45 minutes," stated former England national team midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

All the recruits were impressed, and Gabriel Martinelli stole the spotlight. Arsenal seems poised to become a thorn in the side for other teams this season."

"Martinelli's first goal was purely a brilliant individual effort." "We know Nketiah is a good finisher, but that goal was all about Martinelli," he said, according to Metro.