Arsenal started life after Unai Emery with a 2-2 draw at Norwich which saw their winless run extend to eight games in all competitions.
Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg insisted he would try and put smiles on the faces of fans again, but could have left Carrow Road with a defeat had the Canaries not wasted several opportunities in the second half.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double three days after Emery's departure did little to lift the mood with this encounter, highlighting the problems facing the club's former midfielder in their battle for a top-four finish.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke would have been proud of his side, but left with mixed emotions following an entertaining contest with VAR heavily involved.
Ljungberg made five changes to the team which lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette among those recalled.
Seemingly buoyed by the change, the Gunners dominated the opening exchanges at Carrow Road and should have scored in the 10th minute, but Onel Hernandez denied Shkodran Mustafi a goal on his first Premier League appearance of the season with a clearance off the line.
Joe Willock, Lacazette and Calum Chambers had already wasted opportunities by this point and it felt like a matter of time before Arsenal turned their superiority into reward, but it was the hosts who struck against the run of play.
Hernandez won possession from Willock and found Kenny McLean, who waited for Teemu Pukki to make a run and the Finland striker duly delivered before his shot from 18 yards deflected in off Mustafi with 21 on the clock.
Like under Ljungberg's predecessor, it was poor defending with Pukki allowed too much time to end his run of eight games without a goal for the Canaries.
It did not take long for Arsenal to be handed the opportunity to equalise and at the second attempt Aubameyang did so in the 29th minute.