Liverpool finally ends drought at Emirates
Liverpool got its first win of the season thanks to a long-sought victory at Arsenal, which has major squad problems.
Liverpool’s 11-year wait for an English Premier League victory at Arsenal ended on Saturday, and Chelsea fought back against West Bromwich Albion to give Andre Villas-Boas his first win in charge.
Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles came off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 2-0 win, two late goals coming after the sending off of Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong.
Aaron Ramsey inadvertently deflected in Liverpool’s opener and Suarez netted the second in stoppage time.
Across London, Chelsea beat West Brom 2-1 after Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka scored in the second half to wipe out Shane Long’s fourth-minute goal.
Liverpool now has its first victory after being held by Sunderland in the opener. The turning point at the Emirates Stadium was Frimpong’s second booking for a rash challenge on Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool shook up its attack and was piling the pressure on Arsenal when Ignasi Miquel’s attempted clearance from Suarez’s pullback came off Ramsey and looped into his own net.
Suarez swept the ball into the net for the second after latching onto a cross from Meireles.
“Obviously we are delighted it is a very difficult place to come that everyone knows about,” Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said. “If that is an indication of how quickly they have settled we have a lot to look forward to.” Arsenal now travels to Italy for Wednesday’s second leg of its Champions League playoff against Udinese.
Already reeling from injuries and suspensions to key players, Arsenal center back Laurent Koscielny is set to miss two matches after coming off with a back problem after 15 minutes, forcing Wenger to hand the 18-year-old Miquel his league debut.
“We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolutely a disgrace and an earthquake,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We are very disappointed, but we are at the start of the season.”