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MW1 stats: Arsenal get their teenage kicks

12 Aug 2019
Reiss Nelson, Arsenal

Find out how Gunners ended a 21-year wait to start two English teenagers plus other key stats from the opening weekend of the season

It was an eventful opening Matchweek of the Premier League season.

Norwich City's Teemu Pukki continued an astonishing sequence of lethal first-time finishing, Harry Kane maintained an impressive habit of his own and Arsenal fielded two English teenagers from the start for the first time since 1998.

For these and plenty more essential facts from MW1, read on.

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City

Pukki has scored with his first shot on target in each of the last eight league seasons for Schalke, Celtic, Brondby and Norwich, a record stretching back to 2012/13.

West Ham 0-5 Man City
West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City

Manchester City have won their last nine opening fixtures in the Premier League. No team have won more MW1 fixtures consecutively in the competition.

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United

At 21 years and 278 days old, Chris Mepham is AFC Bournemouth’s third-youngest goalscorer in the Premier League after David Brooks and Nathan Ake.

Burnley 3-0 Southampton
Burnley 3-0 Southampton

Ashley Barnes has scored five Premier League goals against Southampton, more than against any other side.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Everton have drawn their opening match in six of the last seven Premier League campaigns.

Watford 0-3 Brighton
Watford 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

Neal Maupay is the 13th French player to score on his Premier League debut. Only England, with 96, has had more debut goalscorers in the competition.

Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

Kane has scored six goals in six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, with four coming in his last two league meetings with them.

Leicester 0-0 Wolves
Leicester 0-0 Wolves

Wolves had failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 15 away league matches, a run stretching back to a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in October 2018.

Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

By starting this match Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson (pictured top and above) became the first pair of teenagers to start a Premier League match for Arsenal since February 1998, when Paolo Vernazza and Matthew Upson did so against Crystal Palace. That was before either Willock or Nelson were born.

Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea
Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Man Utd's 4-0 victory was their biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since they won by the same scoreline in March 1965 under Matt Busby.

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