Liverpool held on to beat Arsenal in a stunning Premier League opening-weekend encounter at Emirates Stadium.
Theo Walcott fired in the first goal for the Gunners in the 31st minute, moments after missing a penalty.
Philippe Coutinho equalised with a brilliant free-kick before Adam Lallana fired in after the break.
Coutinho poked in his second and Sadio Mane slammed home, before Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a great solo goal and Calum Chambers headed in.
Brilliant goals light up brilliant encounter
It was billed as the best game of the Premier League opening weekend and more than lived up to expectations.
After quite a dour 30 minutes, Alberto Moreno’s second defensive mistake lit the flame for the encounter that followed.
It was the second half that will long live in the memory. Four of the five goals were exceptional.
There was Lallana’s chest control and strike followed by a 19-pass move finished off by Coutinho. Mane then capped off an impressive debut with a goal reminiscent of his strikes at Southampton – driving at the defence before a fierce finish.
And substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain then produced a delightful cameo when he dazzled the Liverpool backline and then slotted past Simon Mignolet.
Chambers’ header left Liverpool wondering whether a great win would become ‘what could have been’ – but they hung on.
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