Goals were not a problem for Fulham and Swansea, with both enjoying 5-0 routs, while a former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas done a miserable lapse to a joining as Tottenham lost, 2-1, during Newcastle.
The concentration Saturday was off final season’s tip two, with Manchester City commencement a pretension invulnerability on Sunday and Manchester United, that was denied a prize in a final seconds of a final season, personification on Monday.
That put a spotlight on Liverpool, that gifted a misfortune opening day better given 1937 in another sign of only how distant it has slipped behind a pretension challengers.
“I suspicion a measure line was harsh, I’ve got to be honest,” Liverpool’s new manager, Brendan Rodgers, said. “Up until they scored a initial goal, it looked as yet we were a group who were going to get it.”
A glorious strike from Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie’s chastisement flog and a header from brazen Romelu Lukaku done it a most happier day during a Hawthorns for West Brom Manager Steve Clarke, who was an partner final deteriorate during Liverpool underneath Rodgers’s predecessor, Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was sent off for a tainted early in a second half, yet Shane Long’s indirect chastisement flog was saved.
At Emirates Stadium, Arsenal impressed Sunderland though was blank an corner from a new strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
“The few chances we had, we couldn’t modify them,” Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger said. “We lacked something we would call sharpness and quality.”
That was not a problem in west London. At Craven Cottage, Fulham did not skip striker Clint Dempsey, who is pulling for a pierce to a Champions League club, as it dejected Norwich, 5-0. At Loftus Road, horde Queens Park Rangers was on a finish of a 5-0 thumping by Swansea.
SONG TO BARCELONA Arsenal concluded to sell midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona for $23.4 million, days after it let striker Robin outpost Persie pierce to Manchester United. Song, 24, will yield some flesh to a gifted midfield that is led by Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and a former Arsenal actor Cesc Fàbregas.
TEENAGER SCORES IN SPAIN Fabrice Olinga, 16, became a youngest actor to measure in Spain’s tip division, entrance off a dais to get a leader in a 83rd notation in Malaga’s 1-0 feat during Celta Vigo.
VICTORY TOUR The United States women’s inhabitant group combined a third diversion to a victory tour after winning a Olympic bullion award during a London Games. The group will play back-to-back games opposite Australia, in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 16 and in Commerce City, Colo., on Sept. 19. The debate will start Sept. 1 with a compare opposite Costa Rica in Rochester. (NYT)
NEW PLAYER ON TV The televised soccer landscape altered Wednesday with a entrance of a beIN Sport channel, that is owned by Al-Jazerra Sport Media. The new channel has singular distribution, mostly by DirecTV and Dish Network during present, though has a United States rights to Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1. (NYT)