Football: Benteke double lifts Aston Villa to shock 3-1 win over Arsenal

Arsenal players (left to right) Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud react after conceding a third goal to Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London Aug 17, 2013. -- PHOTO: REU
Arsenal players (left to right) Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud react after conceding a third goal to Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London Aug 17, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Christian Benteke struck twice to inspire Aston Villa to a shock 3-1 win at Arsenal on a dramatic opening day of the English Premier League football season on Saturday.

Striker Daniel Sturridge scored and new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty to earn Liverpool a deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City and Norwich City drew 2-2 with Everton.

West Ham United beat promoted Cardiff City 2-0, Fulham won 1-0 at Sunderland and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert converted a late penalty to secure a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal took an early lead at the Emirates through forward Olivier Giroud but Benteke equalised from the rebound after having a penalty saved and the powerful striker fired home another spot-kick after 62 minutes.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off before full-back Antonio Luna grabbed a late third for Villa.