Steve Cooper says

“I was disappointed with elements of our game in the first half,” says the Nottingham Forest manager. “Structurally we were good but I didn’t like us on the goals – we should have defended those much better.

“I didn’t love that we didn’t back ourselves in the duels. I showed some clips to the lads at half time – we needed to believe, back ourselves and compete.

“The real chance in the first half was Brennan Johnson’s from open play. The plan was going to plan with our counter-attacks but we needed to compete more. So it is a game of ‘what might have been’.

On the Declan Rice handball that wasn’t given: “I’m surprised the Declan Rice handball in the challenge with Willy Boly wasn’t checked by VAR. For me they let the referee down there.”

Mikel Arteta speaks …

“It’s always difficult to win the first game of the season,” Arsenal’s manager tells TNT Sports. “We deserved to be in front but we didn’t kill the game. And 2-0 in the Preemier League is a dangerous scoreline and we had a lack of concentration, conceded a goal, and so it is game on.

“You cannot give teams anything and we gave them hope. Then the feeling is we want the game to end and take the three points.

On the inclusion of Eddie Nketiah: “Eddie was very disappointed he did not start [the Community Shield] against Manchester City but came on and had a huge impact. He trained like a beast this week, telling me ‘I have to play’. So I had to play him. A great example.”

Match report: Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest

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