An electric start to the Premier League season, as told through the ‘Wenger Out’ Twitter trend
It took just half an hour for #WengerOut to trend on Twitter – but it became quite a roller-coaster from there…
The Premier League’s opening game saw Leicester travel to Arsenal, and for Gunners fans things started with a stirring optimism.
Despite pressure on him at the end of last season, Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year contract and signs like this could be seen in the crowd as the match began.
Things only got better, too, as it took the Gunners’ £55 million record signing Alexandre Lacazette, 26, just a minute-and-a-half to score on his Premier League debut.
A thumping header from Mohamed Elneny’s cross gave them the lead over the Foxes.
However, the Premier League is ever full of surprises and a goal from Shinji Okazaki just three minutes later, followed by a Jamie Vardy goal 15 minutes before half-time, soon turned the game on its head.
And almost immediately, with the help of a certain high-profile journalist Gooner, that old saying came back to haunt the 67-year-old Frenchman.
#WengerOUT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 11, 2017
(took 28 minutes)
Wenger out season 5 episode 1— Faisal (@fiadam700) August 11, 2017
#WengerOut has become somewhat part and parcel of the Premier League – so much so that some thought it now deserves recognition.
Wenger did appear to have some respite though, with Danny Welbeck levelling for the Gunners just before half-time.
Another new signing, left back Sead Kolasinac, provided the pass for the Englishman’s goal – a cool side-footed finish.
Alas, not long into the second period, the Arsenal defence was broken once again as 30-year-old Vardy headed in confidently from Riyad Mahrez’s corner.
For Leicester, the roller-coaster game was giving glimpses of the style they showed to win the league 15 months ago – but for Wenger things just got that bit worse.
Wenger OUT OUT OUT— Olly (@AlphaGiroud) August 11, 2017
But guess what? It still wasn’t over.
Goals from Welshman Aaron Ramsey and veteran striker Olivier Giroud, both off the bench on Wenger’s orders, yanked the Gunners back to 4-3 – with Arsenal claiming the points.
It’s enough to make you breathless just reading about it, isn’t it?
For Wenger though, he’ll be breathing a sigh of relief.
Wenger did the correct changes. Gotta give the man the credit for tonight's victory. 👏— Arsenal Related ⚽🔥 (@ArsenalsRelated) August 11, 2017
Oh and in case you’re wondering what that Gunners fan who seemed to help kick off the #WengerOut trend earlier was thinking?
Here he is…
FT: 4-3.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 11, 2017
Never in doubt. #WengerIN
Nice one Piers.
The fiercely entertaining game undoubtedly revealed both weaknesses and strengths in Arsenal’s side – but it’s early days and the result certainly won’t win them the league in the same way it won’t lose it for Leicester.
One thing is clear though, the Premier League is back. And it’s back with a bang.
It's rubbish this @premierleague. Welcome back.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 11, 2017
Saturday’s action kicks off with Liverpool’s trip to Watford, while Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton are all in action across seven fixtures.