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Mohamed Elneny features in Arsenal’s seven goal thriller

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

started for and played 67 minutes in their 4-3 loss to Liverpool in their opener.

Mohamed Elneny expectedly earned a starting nod for the London club, partnering Frenchman Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park.

Arsenal began the game by dictating play, without creating many chances. That changed after 30 minutes, when Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno fouled Theo Walcott in the box. The English striker missed the ensuing spot kick, but quickly made amends one minute later, latching onto Nigerian Alex Iwobi’s delightful through ball to slot past Liverpool’s goalkeeper.

Seconds before half time, Liverpool brought the game back level. Callum Chambers was adjudged to have committed a foul 30 yards from goal, and Philippe Coutinho sent a magnificent free kick past Arsenal’s Petr Cech.

Liverpool came out for the second half looking like a new team. Adam Lallana added the away side’s second goal four minutes into the second half, and Coutinho got his second seven minutes later. Arsenal suddenly found themselves behind 3-1.

Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey picked up injures within two minutes of each other and were replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla, respectively.

In the 63rd minute, Liverpool’s summer signing, Senegal’s Sadio Mane scored a fantastic solo effort to put the Reds 4-1 up. One minute later, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain countered with a fantastic solo effort of his own to pull Arsenal within two goals.

In the 67th minute, Elneny made way for Arsenal’s summer signing Granit Xhaka. In the 75th minute, Chambers gave the Arsenal faithful a glimmer of hope by turning home Santi Cazorla’s free kick to make the score 4-3.

However, the home side were unable to bag another goal, as they were downed in their 2016-2017 Premier League opener 4-3 by Liverpool.

Arsenal FC’s next match will be against reigning champions Leicester City, who were beaten by Ahmed Elmohamady’s Hull City in the opening match of the season.

Egypt. Arsenal. UNC. Al Ahly. In that order.

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