ARSENAL STARTS THIS SEASON’S CAMPAIGN WITH A LOSS.

Arsenal’s Premier League campaign starts with a loss
Community Shield winners beaten 2-0 by West Ham;West Ham capitalised on a poor debut performance by Petr Cech [Getty Images]
West Ham capitalised on a poor debut performance by Petr Cech [Getty Images]
Arsenal began their new Premier League season with a shock 2-0 defeat by West Ham after a nightmare league debut for new goal-keeper Petr Cech at Emirates Stadium.

Cheikhou Kouyate headed West Ham into the lead just two minutes before the break after poor judgment by the former Chelsea ‘keeper, who was then wrong-footed by Mauro Zarate’s shot in the 57th minute.

Tipped to be title challengers this season and coming off a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsenal failed to create clear chances against a well-organised West Ham defence under new manager Slaven Bilic.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United also have a new manager in Steve McClaren and the former England coach’s first league match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw against Southampton at St James’ Park.

More to follow

Results:

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

Source: Agencies

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