Arsene Wenger’s side had drawn a blank in their first two Premier League matches as they struggled to adapt to life without Dutch forward Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United last month. But the Gunners, held to goal-less draws by Sunderland and Stoke, were back on target at Anfield thanks to two of Wenger’s pre-season signings.
Germany striker Podolski netted his first goal for the club in the first half to end Arsenal’s barren run of 211 scoreless minutes. Then Spanish midfielder Cazorla bagged his first Gunners goal in the second-half with a low shot that Liverpool goal-keeper Jose Reina should have saved. That was more than enough to clinch Arsenal’s first win of the season and leave struggling Liverpool with just one point from their first three matches.
Mancini bemoans lapses as City stay unbeaten
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was far from happy despite seeing the English champions mark his 100th Premier League match in charge with a 3-1 win at home to Queens Park Rangers.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez at Eastlands saw City remain unbeaten so far in the defence of their title. Bobby Zamora scored for Rangers.
“We have one problem at the moment, when we have a chance to score we don’t score and after this the game can change,” said Mancini. “I think the problem could be we didn’t work with our players in pre-season, some players started their pre-season very late.”
QPR manager Mark Hughes, Mancini’s predecessor at City, was disappointed his side failed to test the champions further.
“I can take a lot of positives from the game,” said Hughes. “We were in the backyard of the champions, we put a great shift in and caused them problems.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2012.