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Liverpool & Brentford shocks: Arsenal’s 5 most iconic PL opening games

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Arsenal will once again open the Premier League season with a trip to Crystal Palace in a fixture many supporters are already dreading.

After the Eagles’ 3-0 demolition job against the Gunners last season coupled with Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Brentford on the opening day of the campaign last year, it is easy to see why supporters of the north London side are feeling low about the fixture against Palace.

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Whilst the following five games are relatively easy with home ties against Leicester City and Fulham, getting three points or even a draw against Palace will be a good way to start the season for Arsenal, whose form over past opening day fixtures is mixed, to say the least.

From massive wins on the road to losing to newly-promoted sides and many, many draws, Arsenal have been through it all in recent years in the Premier League, and here are just five of their most iconic results on the opening day of the English top-flight.

Everton 1-6 Arsenal, 2009/10

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Arsenal have beaten Everton more times out of any club in the Premier League, and their trip to Goodison Park on the opening day of the 2009/10 season was one of their finest results in recent memory.

A brace from captain Cesc Fabregas was met with goals from William Gallas, Eduardo and Denilson, with new summer signing and future skipper Thomas Vermaelen also adding his name to the scoresheet in a blistering performance for Arsenal on Merseyside.

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal, 2010/11

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Liverpool have been Arsenal’s opening day opponents on numerous occasions over the years, yet the best scoreline for the Gunners came in 2010 when a dramatic ending secured a point for the Gunners at Anfield.

After David N’Gog fired Liverpool ahead, a horrendous Pepe Reina mistake saw the Spaniard concede an own goal in the final minute of regular time to hand Arsenal a point in the dying seconds of the match, getting Arsene Wenger’s side off to an ideal start for the season.

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa, 2013/14

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Arsenal have suffered many opening day defeats, yet none are more iconic and arguably important that the Gunners’ 3-1 loss at home to Aston Villa, a result that seemingly spurred Wenger into signing Mesut Ozil at the end of the month.

Olivier Giroud scored within the opening ten minutes, however, Premier League new boy Christian Benteke quickly levelled things up before the break as the Belgian striker added a second shortly after a restart as Antonio Luna sealed an incredible result for the Villains.

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City, 2017/18

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One year after losing 4-3 to Liverpool at home on the opening day of the season, Arsenal would be on the correct end of the scoreline in the 2017/18 season when the Gunners secured a dramatic win against Leicester City.

After Alexandre Lacazette scored with his first professional touch for Arsenal, the Gunners were pegged back 2-1 before Aaron Ramsey made it 2-2 just before the break. With Jamie Vardy quickly restoring Leicester’s lead, two dramatic late goals from the Welshman and a winner from Olivier Giroud capped off an incredible win for the north London side in what was Wenger’s final opening day.

Brentford 2-0 Arsenal, 2021/22

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Arteta’s Premier League opening day record currently stands at one win and one loss, yet it’s the defeat to Brentford that fans will remember most, with the result arguably one of the 40-year-old’s worst during his tenure at Arsenal.

A Covid-19 hit squad saw the Gunners start Folarin Balogun up-front in his Premier League debut for Arsenal as Brentford, boosted by their first-ever Premier League game and with a full crowd for the first time in nearly two years, dismantled Arteta’s side with a 2-0 win, which could have easily been more on the night.

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