Just how special were the PL’s goals last weekend?

The first week of the Premier League always brings plenty of excitement back to the lives of those who have missed their football fix over the winter months (or summer for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere) and this weekend did not disappoint. A bunch of new stars made an instant impact and there were plenty of goals scored across the 10 matches played.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Watford, and even new boys Huddersfield Town chipped in for a combined 20 goals between them bringing the overall total to 31 for Week 1 the fifth most in Premier League history.

Most goals scored in the opening round

  • 1994-95: 34 (in a 22 team league)
  • 2003-04: 34
  • 2006-07: 33
  • 2008-09: 33
  • 2017-18: 31

Six players made their presence known on debut combining to score eight of those goals. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah also won the penalty for their second goal moments before tapping in his own.

Players who scored on debut in Week 1

  • Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
  • Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town)
  • Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

One player on the above list also jotted his name on another. Mounie became the 27th player to score a double on debut for their side, others on that list include:

  • Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
  • Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
  • Robbie Keane (Coventry City)

With still 37 match days remaining there is plenty of time for many more records to be made.

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