Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Man United secured a 3-2 victory in front of their new interim manager.
Ralf Rangnick was watching on in the stands, and he would have been impressed with some of what he saw in the thrilling win.
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Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard got on the scoresheet for the visitors, but Bruno Fernandes’ strike and Ronaldo’s second-half brace moved United up to seventh in the table.
Arteta would have been delighted with the start his side made and they got their reward, albeit in strange circumstances.
David De Gea went to ground as a corner was swung over after Fred stood on his foot, and was lying down facing the other way as Smith Rowe fired in from the edge of the box.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Line-up
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
Subs: Henderson, Jones, Bailly, Mata, Van de Beek, Lingard, Amad, Martial, Greenwood
Arsenal XI: Leno, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Partey, Elneny, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Aubameyang
Subs: Okonwo, Tierney, Holding, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Saka, Nketiah, Lacazette
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