Ritchie believes the signs are there that Joelinton and Almiron's combination will be a success.
"I thought Miguel and Joe were a real handful. Miggy was fantastic throughout the whole game really. I'm sure that will excite everyone involved in the whole club so there's certainly positives to take," he told NUFCTV after the 1-0 loss at St James' Park.
"I think defensively we were very solid, very sound, and it's just disappointing that the goal came from a bit of sloppy play from us rather than an outstanding play from Arsenal.
"So, yeah, disappointing but it's early days and we're going to build on hopefully what we've done today and don't get too down because there's another one on Saturday and we're looking forward to that and hopefully a good performance and three points."