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Lacazette sets record with opening strike

14 Sep 2020
Fulham v Arsenal

Arsenal forward becomes first player to score the first goal of a season on more than one occasion

With his goal in the ninth minute of Arsenal’s match at FulhamAlexandre Lacazette set a Premier League record. 

The forward became the first player to score the opening goal of a Premier League season for the second time.

Lacazette had previously achieved the feat on his Arsenal debut at home to Leicester City in the opening match of the 2017/18 season, scoring after less than two minutes.

The Frenchman's strike against Fulham was also the fourth time that Arsenal had scored the first goal of a Premier League season, putting them only one behind Liverpool, who lead the way.

Opening scorers for each PL season
Season Player Team Opp
1992/93 Brian Deane SHU MUN
1993/94 Peter Beagrie EVE SOU
1994/95 Kevin Campbell Arsenal MCI
1995/96 Efan Ekoku Wimbledon BOL
1995/96 Alan Shearer BLB QPR
1995/96 Danny Williamson WHU LEE
1996/97 Stig Inge Bjornebye Liverpool MID
1997/98 Faustino Asprilla NEW SHW
1998/99 Emile Heskey LEI MUN
1999/00 Carl Cort WIM  WAT
2000/01 Mark Venus IPS TOT
2001/02 Kevin Nolan BOL LEI
2002/03 Michael Ricketts BOL FUL
2003/04 David Dunn BIR TOT
2004/05 Djibril Cisse LIV TOT
2005/06 Ruud van Nistelrooy MUN EVE
2006/07 Rob Hulse SHU LIV
2007/08 Michael Chopra SUN TOT
2008/09 Samir Nasri ARS WBA
2009/10 Stephen Hunt HUL CHE
2010/11 Nikola Kalinic BLB EVE
2011/12 Luis Suarez LIV SUN
2012/13 Michu SWA QPR
2013/14 Daniel Sturridge LIV STK
2014/15 Ki Sung-yueng SWA MUN
2015/16 Kyle Walker (OG) MUN TOT
2016/17 Adama Diomande HUL LEI
2017/18 Alexandre Lacazette ARS LEI
2018/19 Paul Pogba MUN LEI
2019/20 Grant Hanley (OG) LIV NOR
2020/21 Alexandre Lacazette ARS FUL

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