Arsenal began the new season with a gut-wrenching 3-4 defeat against a rampant Liverpool team on Sunday.
Despite much negativity surrounding the Gunners’ preparations for the opening game of the season – following injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel – Arsene Wenger’s side actually began Sunday’s affair positively.
After crowning Arsenal’s bright start by winning a penalty, Theo Walcott then stepped up and missed the spot-kick. However, 69 seconds later, the much-maligned forward found the back of the net to hand the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Out of nowhere though, Philippe Coutinho then equalised for Liverpool through a free-kick on the stroke of half-time. At that point, the second-half promised to produce goals and it certainly delivered.
Three goals in a truly crazy period of play after the restart saw Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane all score to hand Liverpool a stunning 4-1 lead.
But substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored some respect for the home side only seconds after the visitors’ fourth before Calum Chambers headed home another goal for Arsenal.
However, it was too little too late. The damage had been done.