EPL Opening Day Review : Incredible Arsenal Crush Everton!

Salaar ShamsiSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:   Francesc Fabregas of Arsenal is congratulated by teammate Robin van Persie (R) after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After two boring months without competitive club football, the English Premier League's newest season began on Saturday.

Chelsea hosted Hull City in Saturday's early kickoff.

The Blues made only one change to the side which defeated Manchester United on penalties in the Community Shield, with Jose Bosingwa replacing Branslav Ivanovic.

Chelsea was quite poor in the first half besides Didier Drogba's volley which narrowly missed Thomas Myhill's goal from Boswinga's cross in the opening minutes of play at Stamford Bridge.

Stephen Hunt's surprising opener was cancelled out by a sensational Didier Drogba freekick and it wasn't until stoppage time at the very end of the game where the Ivorian striker stunned the Tigers with a late winner, a brilliant chip which he later admitted was meant to be a cross.

Football can be a very cruel game sometimes, a spare of thought for Myhill who made as many as nine remarkable saves to deny the Blues but was eventually beaten.

Manchester City was away to Blackburn Rovers as they commenced a campaign during which they are being tipped to break into England's much acclaimed Top Four using their new arrivals.

Carlos Tevez was left on the bench as Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy all started the much awaited game at Ewood Park.

Shaun Wright Phillips set up Adebayor and the ex-Arsenal blasted a shot into the top corner to give City an overwhelming lead in the opening minutes of play.

City played some attractive football playing Robinho on the left, Wright Phillips on the right with Barry and Ireland in the centre.

Kolo Toure and Richard Dunne showed signs of forming a decent partnership but it wasn't until the very end of the game that City doubled their lead with Ireland's effort creeping past Paul Robinson's near post.

Premier League new-boys Burnley and Wolves began life in the top flight with 2-0 defeats to Stoke City and West Ham respectively.

Bobby Zamora's goal earned Fulham a precious away victory against Portsmouth at Fratton Park as did Darren Bent's header for Sunderland against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Aston Villa were surprisingly defeated by Wigan Athletic under new manager, Roberto Martinez at Villa Park.

Hugo Rodagella's stunning strike and a second half effort from Jason Koumas were enough to earn the Latics, a memorable win on the opening day of the season.

The late-kickoff was at Goodison Park, a much anticipated game between Everton and Arsenal.

The Gunners have been subjected to much criticism after being unable to strengthen their squad after Vermaelen despite the departures of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City, who are threatening to overtake the North Londoners to fourth place and a Champions League spot.

Arsenal started with Andrei Arshavin, Nicklaus Bendtner and Robin Van Persie upfront with Cesc Fabregas holding a three-man midfield together.

The Gunners were on fire in the second half, goals from Denilson, William Gallas and debutant, Thomas Vermaelen putting Arsene Wenger's men 3-0 up at the break.

Fabregas with two assists was actively involved in the goals.

The Spaniard who is being chased by Barcelona then scored a brace and Eduardo sealed a rout when Arshavin's poked effort struck the woodwork and stood up for the Croatian forward to tuck it into the net.

A statement of intent then from the Gunners on the opening day of the season, it was truly a perfect day for them on which every player, even Emmanuel Eboue had a decent outing and that's really saying something!

Arsenal has issued a warning to all the doubters and laughed in the face of all their critics with this performance.

The fire is burning but how long before the flames stop flickering?

Consistency is the name of the game.

Arsene Wenger's reluctance to add new faces to his squad may have been justified with this phenomenal performance but Personally, I think Arsenal could still use a couple of quality additions to their cavalry.

That wraps it up for the opening day of the season, which promises to be quite an exciting one, Legendary Salaar (TM) signing out folks, stay tuned for Manchester United vs Birmingham and Spurs vs Liverpool tomorrow!