Liverpool compounded Arsenal’s troubles by winning in north London for the first time in 11 years on Saturday, the 2-0 victory coming from an own-goal and Luis Suárez’s strike after Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off.
Arsenal, which has 1 point after two Premier League matches, was booed off the Emirates Stadium pitch as the pressure mounted on Manager Arsene Wenger.
“I feel always under pressure, not more than usual,” Wenger said. “I feel the result is very harsh on us.”
He added, “you want the supporters to be happy.”
Already depleted by injuries, the Gunners lost center back Laurent Koscielny after 15 minutes with a back problem and Frimpong was sent off with 20 minutes to go.
Liverpool shook up its attack and the substitutes Raul Meireles and Suárez were piling the pressure on Arsenal when an attempted clearance by Ignasi Miquel, who had replaced Koscielny, came off Aaron Ramsey and looped into his own net.
Suárez secured Liverpool’s first win of the season in stoppage time, sweeping the ball into the net after a cross from Meireles.
“That was a good pair of substitutes to bring on,” Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish said. “We just wanted to see something different and we were fortunate with the first goal.”
Such misfortune reflected the increasing turmoil at Arsenal, which must travel to Italy for the second leg of its Champions League playoff against Udinese on Wednesday, protecting a slender 1-0 lead with a shortage of players. At the end of a week when the captain Cesc Fàbregas finally left for Barcelona, there were signs that Samir Nasri could still have a future at the club.
NEWCASTLE EDGES SUNDERLAND Ryan Taylor’s second-half free kick gave visiting Newcastle a 1-0 victory against local rival Sunderland in the Premier League. Taylor’s shot from the left evaded everyone in the box, sailing over Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s outstretched arm and into the top corner in the 62nd minute.
CHELSEA RALLIES TO WIN Chelsea came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, giving Andre Villas-Boas his first win as manager. Florent Malouda powered in the winner in the 83rd minute after latching onto Jose Bosingwa’s cross at Stamford Bridge.
FIRST WIN FOR RANGERS Queens Park Rangers celebrated the takeover by the Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes in style by winning their first match in the top flight in 15 years, a 1-0 victory at Everton. Tommy Smith shot low into the far corner to clinch the win after a pass from Akos Buzsaky.
In Saturday’s other games, the first Premier League match to be played in Wales saw Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm protect a 0-0 draw by saving Ben Watson’s penalty kick for Wigan, and Blackurn is still without a point two matches into the season after losing by 3-1 at Villa.
BAYERN MUNICH ROLLS Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben started a rare match together and scored in a 5-0 win for Bayern Munich over Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Defender Daniel van Buyten put the home side ahead against his former club in the 13th minute, with Ribery scoring four minutes later.
In Saturday’s other games, goals from Robert Lewandowski and Kevin Grosskreutz helped defending champion Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 home win over Nuremberg. And Werder Bremen beat Freiburg by 5-3, Stuttgart lost by 1-0 at home to Leverkusen, and Hoffenheim beat newcomer Augsburg by 2-0.
GAME DELAYED BY TAUNTING A game in Brussels was temporarily stopped after visiting fans taunted the Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima over the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster. The referee halted the match between Lierse SK and Beerschot after some Beerschot supporters began chanting: “Kawashima-Fukushima.”
The match resumed after a delay of several minutes and ended in a 1-1 draw. Kawashima said later he could forgive many insults, “but not this.”
NO PROGRESS IN SPAIN The start of the Spanish league remained in limbo after talks to end the players’ strike failed. Luis Rubiales, the president of the Association of Spanish Football Players, said after the meeting with Spanish league officials that the two sides were still far from reaching a deal.
Spanish club players representing all 42 teams in the top two divisions began the first work stoppage in 27 years on Friday in their demand for improved salary guarantees and the payment of 50 million euros ($72 million) clubs owe in unpaid salaries. The season was supposed to begin this weekend, and it is not clear if missed games will be canceled or postponed.
The Spanish league said it will meet the players union as scheduled on Monday.
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