Liverpool Beats 10-Man Arsenal 2-0; Newcastle Prevails Over Sunderland 1-0
Liverpool beat 10-man Arsenal 2-0 for its first away win over the Gunners in English soccer’s Premier League in over 11 years.
Aaron Ramsey’s own goal and a score from Luis Suarez gave Liverpool the victory at the Emirates Stadium. Both came after Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off for a second yellow card.
Newly promoted Queens Park Rangers beat Everton 1-0 for its first win, Chelsea came back to beat West Brom 2-1, Newcastle won 1-0 at Sunderland, Aston Villa defeated Blackburn 3-1 and Swansea and Wigan finished scoreless.
Liverpool scored its first victory in north London since Feb. 13, 2000.
“I was aware of the fact it was 10-11 years,” Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. “It’s a difficult place to come, but I think we deserved it.”
Midfielder Samir Nasri started for Arsenal amid media reports that he’s close to a transfer to Manchester City.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny stopped Andy Carroll’s header in the first half, while Liverpool’s Pepe Reina dived to save Frimpong’s long shot. Liverpool’s Martin Kelly shot wide early in the second half, and Reina blocked Robin van Persie’s shot with his legs.
Frimpong then got his second yellow for a foot-first challenge on Lucas Leiva in the 70th minute and Liverpool went in front eight minutes later when a clearing attempt by Miguel, who replaced injured Laurent Koscielny in the first half, deflected off Ramsey and past Szczesny. Suarez then clinched the victory in the final minute when he tapped in a pass from Raul Meireles.
Arsenal had a player sent off for the second straight league game after Gervinho was red-carded last week at Newcastle. Alex Song also missed the game because of suspension.
Tommy Smith scored in the 31st minute as Queens Park Rangers spoiled Everton’s delayed season opener.
QPR is back in the Premier League for the first time since 1996 after winning the title in the second-tier Championship last season. Everton was playing its first game after last week’s match at Tottenham was postponed by the London riots.
Florent Malouda’s goal in the 83rd minute gave Chelsea the win in manager Andre Villas-Boas's first home game. Nicolas Anelka tied the score early in the second half for the Blues, after Shane Long had put West Brom in front in the fourth minute.
Ryan Taylor scored off a free kick in the 62nd minute as Newcastle won at rival Sunderland, which had Phil Bardsley sent off in the 88th minute for a second yellow card.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent scored as Aston Villa gave new manager Alex McLeish a win in his home debut. It was Agbonlahor’s 50th goal in the Premier League.
Promoted Swansea earned its first point with the home draw against Wigan as goalkeeper Michel Vorm stopped Ben Watson’s penalty kick in the second half.
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