EPL at 25: false starts to success

Tamhas Woods

The opening day of the Premier League season has never failed to throw up some shock results.

Even the very best sides have suffered from first day nerves, and this gallery will show you that true winners have the ability to bounce back.

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Stick that up your Arsenal!

This list is by no means exhaustive. Arsenal have proven particularly susceptible down the years, most memorably losing 4-2 at home to relegation favourites Norwich in their very first Premier League game almost 25 years ago.

The Gunners also opened with a draw, 1-1 at Elland Road, in their first title-winning Premier League season of 1997/98. Then there was a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland, on the first day of 2000/01, a season in which Arsenal went on to finish second.

The same finish was yielded fifteen years later, after Arsenal lost at home to Slaven Bilic’s West Ham (in Bilic’s very first managerial EPL match) at the Emirates.

Thankfully, for the sake of Arsenal fans – and NON-Arsenal fans who are utterly sick of the whinging rhetoric from North London – Arsenal’s poor openers have more often than not proved a mere blip on the road to a top four finish.

Relive some happier moments for the red half of North London.

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