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Liverpool gunned down at home, van Persie strikes thrice

Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla ended Arsenal's barren start to the Premier League season in an impressive 2-0 victory at Liverpool on Sunday that condemned the hosts to their worst start in 50 years.

sports Updated: Sep 03, 2012 02:48 IST

Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla ended Arsenal's barren start to the Premier League season in an impressive 2-0 victory at Liverpool on Sunday that condemned the hosts to their worst start in 50 years.

One point from the opening three games under new manager Brendan Rodgers represents the worst opening to a league campaign since 1962-63 for a Live-rpool team which was not helped by a mistake by goalie Pepe Reina which gifted Cazorla his goal.

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The manner of the defeat, against an Arsenal team which had failed to score in the first two matches of the new season, was particularly disappointing given Rodgers' failure to sign a new forward before the transfer window closed on Friday.

Arsenal's first league goal in 211 minutes of the new campaign came in the 31st minute at Anfield, Podolski starting the move inside his own half, timing his run to perfection, arriving on the end of Cazorla's angled pass to beat Reina from 12 yards.

In the 68th minute, Cazorla played a short pass to Podolski before taking the return and scoring with a shot which passed straight through Reina.

United win
Southampton: Robin van Persie scored two late goals Sunday to complete his hat trick in a 3-2 win for Manchester United at South-ampton in the Premier League and make amends for failing to score from an earlier penalty.

The Netherlands striker struck in the 87th minute and the second minute of added time to prevent last season's runner-up from losing its second match in the opening three rounds of this campaign.