Welcome once again to Parting Shots, a new series we’ll be doing this season in which we wrap up our coverage of each match by finding recaps from around the internet. Today’s Parting Shots isn’t the most fun and is a match we’ll likely feel just fine seeing the other side of - Arsenal’s opening-day defeat to Liverpool on the Gunners’ own home turf.
Arsenal worked for an equalizer well into the five minutes of injury time, but the last action saw Cazorla hit Nacho Monreal in the rear end with a cross. A fitting microcosm of the match. Arsenal will surely look forward to the return of Laurent Koscielny; whether Coquelin rides the pine anytime soon will have to be seen.
Chambers headed in Arsenal's third goal on, you guessed it, a set piece, and setting the scene for a nail-biting last fifteen plus minutes of the match. Liverpool were able to hang on in the end to get three points and secure a win at the Emirates, no easy feat.
Liverpool saw out the remaining 15 minutes to take the three points and dish out a second opening day home defeat in succession for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.
It wasn’t enough though, and Arsenal’s failure to at least salvage a draw did not sit well with a frustrated Wenger, who after the match was in no mood to talk. It would get worse still, as captain Petr Cech managed to crash his car as he left the Emirates. It was described as a write-off, just like Arsenal’s season unless they make a major statement in the transfer market in the next two weeks.
Liverpool were rocking, but the Gunners had left themselves too much damage to repair. For the fifth time in six years, an opening-day win has eluded them.
In all, it wasn’t a particularly fun opening day.