Arsenal survived a scare to come from behind and beat Rapid Vienna 2-1 in their first game in Group B in the Europa League.
After a quiet first half the hosts took the lead shortly after the break out of nowhere as Bernd Leno's sloppy pass gifted Taxiarchis Fountas an easy goal.
But the Gunners equalised with 20 minutes to go as Luiz headed home from Nicolas Pepe's superb free-kick.
And Hector Bellerin crossed for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tap into an empty net soon after and seal the three points.
Here are five talking points from the Allianz Stadion…
Partey's promising full debut
£45m signing Thomas Partey made his first start for the Gunners in Vienna after coming off the bench for the dying stages against Manchester City at the weekend.
And the Ghanaian midfielder certainly offered some glimpses of what is to come with an excellent display tonight.
The 27-year-old played a number of delicious defence-splitting passes, and he constantly looked to get the ball forward as soon as he received it.
He also broke the play up on a number of occasions, and you can see just what he will bring to Mikel Arteta's side in the future.
The former Atletico Madrid man did, however, pick up a clumsy yellow card, and there is certainly still room for improvement as he continues to settle into the team.
The Arsenal faithful will, though, be very excited indeed by what they saw tonight.
Leno howler highlights odd Martinez decision
A number of Gunners fans could not understand the decision to let backup goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez leave for Aston Villa this summer.
And those same supporters may be even more baffled following Leno's horror moment as his poor pass allowed Vienna to nip in and take the lead.
Leno looked nervous after the error, too, and shakily hacked at a number of clearances.
While the German has had a solid season so far, you only need to look at the likes of Kepa and Jordan Pickford to see how quickly things can change for a keeper's confidence.
Although Arsenal did sign a new backup in Icelandic shot-stopper Runar Alex Runarsson, Martinez would surely have been a more capable No 2, and Arteta will be desperately hoping they don't rue the decision to allow the Argentinean to move on.
Aubameyang back among the goals
There had been some worry about Aubameyang's recently profligacy in front of goal.
The Gunners' star man had failed to score since signing his lucrative new contract up until now, and there were some worries that he may have taken his foot off the gas since sealing the deal (remind you of anyone?).
But within ten minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute Aubameyang had given his side the lead, and it may be just what he needed to go on and bag a few more in the coming matches.
Beware this weekend, Leicester City.
Gunners slow starters
It was yet another match where Arsenal only really got going in the second half.
So far this season only three of their 12 goals in all competitions have come in the first period, and they once more appeared sluggish and uncreative in the opening stages here.
Against inferior opponents such as Rapid Vienna this can be excused, but they will soon be punished unless they start playing to their full capabilities throughout the 90 minutes.
The return of the injured Dani Ceballos may help, and they certainly good do with another ball-playing midfielder to accompany Partey in the middle.
Silly bookings a worry for Arteta
Considering so much of Arteta's ethos is based on discipline and concentration, he will have been disappointed to see a number of unnecessary yellow cards from his side.
First Alexandre Lacazette found his way into the book for a needless flying arm, and Eddie Nketiah followed him shortly afterwards for petulantly kicking the ball away.
Nketiah could have been shown a second yellow for an elbow early in the second half, too, and in total the Gunners picked up five bookings.
The lack of discipline is something which could cause Arteta a headache or two.
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