After the conclusion of the  European Championship, Copa America and Olympics, European club football returned in grand style with English topflight league not left behind.

Newcomers, Brentford hosted fellow London club Arsenal to kick start the 2021/2022 PL season at the Brentford Community Stadium in a game the new boys won in scintillating style. It was same old story for Mikel Arteta and his flock as they fell to a two-nil defeat in the hands of the Bees. Thomas Frank's side drew the first blood after Sergi Canos drove home a screamer past Bernd Leno in Arsenal goal in the 22nd minute as they held on for first half lead. The Gunners have themselves to blame from poor finishing in the attacking third before Christian Norgaard headed home Brentford's second goal of the day in the 73rd minute which confirms the Gunners first loss of an opening weekend fixture against a newly promoted side in a disappointing display.



It was a different story at Old Trafford as Man United put up a five star performance on opening weekend of the PL. Bruno Fernandes continued where he stopped last season by tucking home United's first goal in the 30th minute from a Paul Pogba sublime pass as the Red Devils head into the break with a one-nil lead. Leeds United replied immediately after the interval with a powerful strike from Ayling leaving De Gea helpless as the Whites came back on level terms; but Leeds equalizer lasted only for 4 minutes as Paul Pogba set up Mason Greenwood with a fantastic through ball which the Englishman converted after a darting run from the byline to restore United lead. Two minutes later, Bruno Fernandes gave United a two cushion before the Portuguese Magnifico completed his hattrick on the 60th minute from a Victor Lindelof incisive pass; Pogba completed his quart-trick of assist when he set up Fred for United's fifth goal of the day  as the Ole Gunnar Solskjear  side cruise to a 5-1 win and head top of the table in a game new signing Jadon Sancho made his debut.



In another game on Saturday, Burnley hosted Brighton and Hoves Albion at Turf Moor in a game the Seagulls won 2-1, the Clarets took the lead in the first minute from James Tarkowski and held on for a half time lead. Brighton gradually came into the game and then got their much needed equalizer in the 73rd through Neal Maupay's fine finish, they kept pushing for a winner in the final third and got it through substitute Mac Allister who tucked home from close range in the 78th minute. It became a cagey affair after Brighton's lead but the Seagull held on for a fulltime win.



Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea also made a statement of intent on opening weekend as the Blues swept pass London rivals Crystal Palace with a three-nil victory. Marcos Alonso gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute before Christian Pulisic doubled it in the 40th minute as they went into the break with a two goal cushion. Returning from the interval, debutant Trvor Chalobah hits the third for Chelsea as they coast home with all three points leaving Crystal Palace with nothing.



Everton came from behind to see off Southampon after going behind in the first half. The Saints took the lead through Armstrong goal in the 22nd minute. The Toffees responded immediately after the break through Richarlison in the 47th minute, Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton the lead in the 76th minute before Dominic Calvert-Lewin rounded up the victory with a fine finish as Rafa Benetiz won his first game in charge of Everton.



Leicester City hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the King Power in a game that produced just one goal in the entire encounter. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute and the Foxes held on for a full-time victory.



Premier League newcomers, Watford won 3-2 against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road. New signing, Emmanuel Dennis gave the Hornets the lead in 10th minute before Ismaila Sarr doubled the lead in the 42nd minute as they go into the break with a two-goal lead. Twenty-two minute into the second half, substitute Cucho gave Watford their third of the day before John McGin and Dany Ings halved the deficit for Villa but the Hornets held on for victory.



Liverpool took all three points home from Carrow Road where they were hosted by PL new boys Norwich City. Diogo Jota gave the Reds an early lead in the 26th minute as they went into the break leading the tie. Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah scored in the 65th and 74th minute respectively to guide Liverpool to a three-nil win on opening PL weekend.



On Sunday, Newcastle United failed to hold on to their lead as West Ham United came from behind to claim a famous victory at St. James' Park. The Magpies took the lead through Callum Wilson in the 5th minute but Aaron Cresswell responded well for the Hammers in the 18th minute to bring the tie levelled. Newcastle took the lead again with five minute to go into the break through James Murphy. Saaid Benrahma brought West Ham levelled again in the 53rd minute before Tomas Soucek and Michal Antonio secured victory for David Moyes in an intensely contested game.



The final game of match week one saw a Kane-less Spurs take all three points from Pep Guardiola's Man City in a game that saw high level of misfiring from the City attacking options. After a cagey first half, Son Heung-Min curled home a beautiful effort in to left bottom corner of Elderson's goal to give Spurs the lead and an eventual winner as Pep Guardiola lost again to a single opposition in four straight games for the first time in his managerial career.



It was an entertaining match day one in the PL in an opening weekend that saw ten victories with no sharing of the spoils; we can only hope match day two bring same entertainment presented to us by match day one.   

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