1-0 after barely a minute.
2-0 after barely ten minutes.
3-0 after barely fifteen minutes.
4-o after barely 20 minutes.
A brace from Martin Škrtel. A shot from Raheem Sterling. A strike from Daniel Sturridge. It’s 4-0 to Liverpool after 21 minutes played, and you have to think this is over for Arsenal.
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Yes, you read that correctly. Liverpool centerback Martin Škrtel put his side ahead 2-0 after less than fifteen minutes. The first goal came after Per Mertesacker was foolish enough to foul Luis Suárez in Steven Gerrard free-kick territory. Škrtel got on the end of his captain’s delivery and kneed the ball on into the net.
The Slovak got his second ten minutes later, again off a ball from Gerrard, this time delivered from the corner. Škrtel got his head on the end of Gerrard’s cross and executed a terrific ball, directing it into the top corner of the net.
Arsenal barely had time to breathe before Suárez hit the post, which turned out to be just a warning to the visitors. Two minutes later, a fast break prompted the Uruguayan to put a lovely cross into the area. Sturridge and Sterling were both ready to pounce, but it was Sterling who latched on, directing the ball into the bottom corner of Wojciech Szczęsny’s net.
The fourth goal came in the 20th minute, with Liverpool once again carving apart the Gunners’ defense. Philippe Coutinho got behind Laurent Koscielny, with an unmarked Sturridge slipping in to get on the end of the ball from the Brazilian. Szczęsny looked utterly defeated as the ball landed in the net once more.
This is the first time Arsenal have conceded three goals in the Premier League since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa. At this rate, it looks as though the Gunners will be fortunate to keep the scoreline at just 4-0.