By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal starting with: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Ramsey, Iwobi, Walcott, Alexis.
On the beach: Ospina, Gibbs, Cazorla, Wilshere, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom.
The first shot on goal came from Arsenal when Alexis laid the ball off to Ramsey but his left footed shot was straight at Mignolet. Both teams starting rather slowly in the build up in the opening 10 minutes. After 12 minutes a first shot from Liverpool but no problem for Cech as it was also straight at him. The ball then almost falling nice for Ramsey but a last ditch tackle from a defender saves for a corner.
Arsenal building up patiently and rather slowly trying to build in a lot of safety I think. Ramsey trying to lob Mignolet. Monreal being fouled but nothing given leads to Liverpool winning the ball back but Bellerin with a good interception to prevent any danger. Liverpool get a free kick after a foul from Theo but Arsenal can clear. Llalana going in with two foot towards Ramsey gets him a yellow card. Walcott winning the ball first and Alberto Moreno chops Walcott down and the ref gives a penalty! The assistant signaling it also. Theo behind the ball but Mignolet goes the right way and stops the effort. Moreno got a yellow card for his foul by the way.
But Coquelin wins the ball back seconds later, gives it to Iwobi who finds Theo unmarked at his right wing and this time his Theo’s shot goes in. GOAL! 1 – 0 to the Arsenal after 31 minutes. Coquelin gets a yellow card for a foul in midfield. Monreal with a good interception but then Alexis was offside or he would have been away. Chambers with a sloppy pass giving the ball away but Cech with a good save on the low shot from Wijnaldum. Liverpool again with a counter but Arsenal can clear. Lovren then shops Alexis down when Arsenal try to counter and he gets a yellow card. Match much more open now. Cech with a good catch on a Coutinho cross. Iwobi being brought down by Henderson after stealing the ball, but the free kick is deflected by the wall in to a corner. Chambers heads it wide. Liverpool get a soft free kick in the extra time and Coutinho curls it in the top corner. 1-1 after 45 minutes. A very soft free kick for Liverpool it was.
Liverpool with the better start in the second half and a cross from Wijnaldum goes to Llalana who scores for Liverpool. 1-2 after 49 minutes. Clyne going past Monreal on the flank and his low cross is put in by Coutinho. 1-3 after 55 minutes. Iwobi goes in the book after pulling back Clyne after he lost the ball. Cech then with an amazing safe on another attempt from Coutinho. Iwobi then on the floor needing treatment. Oxlade-Chamberlain preparing coming on for Iwobi after 59 minutes.
Ramsey also on the floor then and Santi Cazorla entering the field after 60 minutes. Mane on the flank escaping everyone and shooting the ball in the top corner. 1-4 after 63 minutes.
The Ox going between two defenders from the left flank, past a third and then a shot that goes in. GOAL 2-4 after 65 minutes. Elneny goes off and Xhaka makes his Arsenal debut after 66 minutes.
Emre Can comes on for Liverpool, the man who injured Welbeck two seasons ago with a stupid tackle in the place of Coutinho who came off with cramps. After a period with more treatments a shot from Santi goes over. Clyne fouls The Ox and Santi takes the free kick and Chambers his glancing header goes in. GOAL 3-4 after 75 minutes.
A misunderstanding between The Ox leads to a Liverpool shot that is deflected in to a corner. Xhaka get his first yellow card when he loses the ball and makes a foul to make up for it. Liverpool now winning lots of time when they have to take a corner or throw in. 5 minutes of extra time. But Arsenal cannot get any goal in this or look close to scoring.
The penalty miss in the end cost us one point. The inexperience at the back also cost us in this match and getting Özil, Giroud and Kos back in good shape will be important.
Arsenal start the season with a defeat and that has been the norm most of the time in the last seasons.
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