Liverpool won their opening game in the Premier League in a sea-saw battle at Arsenal that ended in a seven goal thriller. Theo Walcott missed a penalty but then scored moments later after a poor mistake from Alberto Moreno to give the Gunners the lead. The game changed just before half time with Philippe Coutinho Striking with a 30 yard free kick just before half time. Coutinho set up Lallana to put Liverpool ahead just after the break and grabbed a second to make it 3-1. Debutant Sadio Mane compelted a sesnation 15 minutes from Liverpool with a wonderful individual effort. However Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain hit back almost straight away and Callum Chambers headed a third to make it a nervous finish for Liverpool, who have plenty in attack but still many defensive problems. The Merseysiders held on for the win.
Derby County got their season up and running with their first win. Chris Martin and Tom Ince had chances but it was a late header from Criag Forsyth on 87 minutes that earned the Rams a deserved victory.Meanwhile Nottingham Forest’s away day problems continue as they were beaten 1-0 at Brentford. Lewis McCleod hit the crossbar for the home side before Scott Hogan got the winner on 29 minutes tapping in after a McCleod shot was parried.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Arsenal (1) 3 (Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers) – Liverpool (1) 4 (Coutinho 2, Lallana, Mane) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington, London
Brentford (1) 1 (Hogan) – Nottingham Forest (0) 0 – At Griffin Park, Brentford, Hounslow, London
Preston North End (0) 0 – Derby County (0) 1 (Forsyth) – At Deepdale, Preston