Arsenal beats Liverpool 2-0 for 1st league win

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 11:19 am •  Published: September 2, 2012

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Arsenal claimed its first Premier League victory and consigned Liverpool to its worst start to a season in 50 years with a 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday, courtesy of goals by the visitors' two big summer signings.

Santi Cazorla slipped in Lukas Podolski for the Germany forward's opener in the 31st minute before the roles were reversed, with the Spain midfielder finding the net with a low 68th-minute shot that deflected in off goalkeeper Pepe Reina's elbow.

They were Arsenal's first goals of the new campaign and a third straight clean sheet lifted Arsene Wenger's team into the top half of the standings.

"The sharpness gets better from game to game but overall we looked solid," Wenger said. "We had a convincing team performance."

Liverpool, which failed to add some much-needed signings to the squad on Friday's transfer deadline day, stayed in the bottom four with one point from three games under new manager Brendan Rodgers. That equaled the unwanted record of Bill Shankly's newly promoted side in the 1962-63 season.

Two days after failing in their bid to sign free-scoring forward Clint Dempsey from Fulham, the hosts' lack of attacking power was evident, with strikers Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini unable to create any noteworthy chances. New signing Nuri Sahin was subdued in midfield, too.

It doesn't get any easier for Liverpool either, with an away match at Sunderland and then fierce rival Manchester United at home coming up after the two-week international break.

"I'm disappointed with the scoreline because I thought we contributed very well to the game," Rodgers said. "I can't question the players' attitudes. Their commitment has been brilliant since I've been here.