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Monday, Aug. 22, 2011
Reds pile misery on Arsenal
LONDON — Liverpool's 11-year wait for a Premier League victory at Arsenal ended on Saturday, and Chelsea fought back against West Bromwich Albion to give Andre Villas-Boas his first win in charge.
Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles came off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 2-0 win, two late goals coming after the sending off of Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong.
Aaron Ramsey inadvertently deflected in Liverpool's opener and Suarez netted the second in stoppage time.
Across London, Chelsea beat West Brom 2-1 after Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka scored in the second half to wipe out Shane Long's fourth-minute goal.
In the northeast derby, Newcastle won 1-0 at Sunderland, while Alex McLeish's first home game as Aston Villa manager ended in a 3-1 victory over Blackburn.
Two newly promoted sides picked up their first points, with Queens Park Rangers winning 1-0 at Everton and Swansea drawing 0-0 against Wigan.
Liverpool now has its first victory after being held by Sunderland in the opener. The turning point at the Emirates Stadium was Frimpong's second booking for a rash challenge on Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool shook up its attack and was piling the pressure on Arsenal when Ignasi Miquel's attempted clearance from Suarez's pullback came off Ramsey and looped into his own net.
Suarez swept the ball into the net for the second after latching onto a cross from Meireles.
"Obviously we are delighted. It is a very difficult place to come that everyone knows about," Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said. "If that is an indication of how quickly they have settled we have a lot to look forward to."
Arsenal, which drew its opening match at Newcastle, now travels to Italy for Wednesday's second leg of its Champions League playoff against Udinese, protecting a slender 1-0 lead with a shortage of players.
Already reeling from injuries and suspensions to key players, Arsenal center back Laurent Koscielny is set to miss two matches after coming off with a back problem after 15 minutes, forcing Wenger to hand the 18-year-old Miquel his league debut.
"We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolutely a disgrace and an earthquake," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "We are very disappointed that we lost the game, but we are at the start of the season."
It is even worse for West Brom, which has no points after two matches despite getting off to a perfect start at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Bosingwa's pass put Alex under pressure and the Brazil defender was dispossessed by Long, who held him off and sidefooted past Hilario to score his second goal in as many games.
But at the start of the second half, Frank Lampard teed up Anelka, who cut inside and unleashed a shot that deflected off Jonas Olsson' heel before landing in the far corner of the net.
Malouda powered in the winner in the 83rd minute after latching onto a cross from Jose Bosingwa, who had skipped between James Morrison and Nicky Shorey on the right flank.
Eto'o nets lucrative move
Milan, Italy — Inter Milan has reportedly reached a deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of striker Samuel Eto'o, a deal that should make the Cameroon international the highest paid soccer player in the world.
After several days of negotiations, Italian media reported Sunday that the two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of ?27 million ($38.9 million) and that the deal will be formalized Monday.
Anzhi is expected to give Eto'o a three-year contract worth ?20 million ($28.8 million) per season, surpassing the estimated ?12 million ($17.3 million) that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the ?10.5 million ($15.1 million) that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona.
Anzhi, from the troubled southern Russian province of Dagestan, is owned by billionaire oil tycoon Suleiman Kerimov.
At 30, Eto'o is still in his prime, but he has already won three Champions League titles — two with Barcelona and one with Inter.