Romelu Lukaku continues remarkable trend after scoring for Chelsea against Arsenal

Romelu Lukaku opened his Chelsea account just 15 minutes into his second debut after he scored the first goal against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Lukaku, who was drafted straight into the starting line-up by Thomas Tuchel, got on the end of Reece James’ cross before tapping the ball home from close-range.

The Belgian received a warm welcome from the Blues fans before kick-off and sent them into delirium with the opening goal in north London.

This, however, isn’t the first time he has scored on his first appearance after signing for a new team, having done so at his four previous clubs.

After a disappointing first spell at Stamford Bridge, the 28-year-old spent some time out at West Bromwich Albion and netted on his debut for the Baggies in a 3-0 win over Liverpool.

Lukaku left Chelsea to join Everton on loan in summer 2013, and, just three weeks later, he hit the winning goal in 3-2 success at West Ham United, continuing the trend set at the West Midlands outfit.

His time at the Toffees proved to a successful one as he earned a move to Manchester United, four years after initially signing for the Blues.

And Lukaku would go on to score on his Red Devils debut, as he bagged a consolation in their Super Cup defeat against Real Madrid.

Despite netting 42 times across two seasons, Lukaku joined Inter Milan in 2019 and like his previous three clubs, he netted in his first appearance, with a fine strike against Lecce.

This is the fourth time in a row he scored on his maiden appearance for a club he’s just signed for, and although this is Lukaku’s second debut, it’s still a fine feat to have.

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