Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a winning start to their Premier League campaign as they clinched a 1-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Gabon striker notched the only goal 13 minutes into the second half to inflict a defeat on Steve Bruce in his first match as Newcastle manager.
The game was played out in front of a crowd of 47,635, almost 5,000 below capacity, as some fans staged a boycott over owner Mike Ashley's running of the club, and while the Magpies gave as good as they got for long periods - Jonjo Shelvey hit a post before the break - they struggled to create chances and were made to pay for it.
Leicester and Wolves drew 0-0 in the other early match, with the video assistant ruling out a Leander Dendoncker goal for Wolves.
The midfielder's second-half strike was chalked off after replays showed a handball by Willy Boly to ensure a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium.
It was the only serious incident of a forgettable game between two sides expected to challenge for Europe this season.
Frank Lampard takes charge of Chelsea for the first time later on Sunday when his side travel to Manchester United.
Champions Manchester City crushed West Ham United 5-0 on Saturday.
Australian Associated Press