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Premier League: Liverpool Edge Arsenal in Seven-Goal Thriller

Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

With defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista out injured, Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger started the match with the inexperience centre-back pairing of Rob Holding and Callum Chambers, but it was the Gunners who struck first at the other end when Theo Walcott finished smartly into the bottom corner.

Arsenal coped fairly well at the back for much of the half, but Phillipe Coutinho stepped up on the stroke of half time to bend a superb free-kick beyond the reach of Petr Cech.

Buoyed by that late leveller, Liverpool began the second half with greater intensity, and quickly exposed Arsenal’s lightweight backline with some incisive offense.

Adam Lallana expertly finished off a flowing move, Coutinho deftly guided in Nathaniel Clyne’s cross, while Sadio Mane showed great pace, skill and precision to put Liverpool 4-1 up and seemingly out of sight.

Arsenal hit back with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers, but Liverpool held out to record a brilliant 4-3 victory.

The Reds have now won their opening Premier League for four successive seasons, while Arsenal have lost their openers three times in the last four years.

 

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