Unai Emery hailed the impact of new signings David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.
Emery handed Luiz and Ceballos their full debuts for Arsenal’s first home game of the Premier League season on Saturday. The pair delivered well in front at the Emirates Stadium to help the club make it two wins out of two.
Ceballos, in particular, shined for the Gunners and superbly assisted both of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals.
The Real Madrid loanee oozed with quality and ended up making 97 touches of the ball, which was the more than any of his team-mates. Furthermore, he created four chances and became only the third Arsenal player to record two assists on his debut.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Joe Willock continued his fine start to the season and didn’t look out of place alongside the in-form Ceballos. Pepe, on the other hand, showed flashes of promise after coming on for Reiss Nelson.
“What we wanted to create was a big atmosphere with our supporters together, today and this season,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.
“Today, with some new players, they made an impact in the first match here. We created this atmosphere today, also with some other players, like Willock, who played very well. We can also say that the young players have the chance to play, and you need to do this – and he did.
“I think you can speak about all the team because we worked together with individual quality and capacity, but above all thinking like a team. Also, creating something special for each match with our supporters here at the Emirates. I think today we did that.”
Emery also paid tribute to Ceballos, who won the man of the match award in his debut at the Emirates.
“With him, it’s for us to use his qualities in the best position in our team with our ideas. I spoke with him – before coming here – to play like an eight and a 10,” said the Gunners boss.
“Today he started like a 10, but a lot of times he was changing with Willock into the eight position, where he can feel better on the pitch.”
Arsenal will now prepare for their first true test for the season away to Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.