After the International break the Premier League started again with a bang. Saturday was filled with matches of all the so called big clubs but no specific titanic clashes were there. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City were all in action this Saturday.
Arsenal looking for their first win of the season started their match against Premier league new boys Swansea at the Emirates stadium. Arsenal lineup possessed new boys Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta. But Arsenal failed to produce a spellbinding performance before their home fans. They came away with all 3 points due to a blunder by Swansea keeper Vorm whose mistake gifted Gunners the points. Arsenal goal was also threatened by Swansea striker Danny Graham but Wojciech Szczesny was equal to the challenge. Szczesny produced stunning saves to keep Arsenal in the lead. Despite the win Arsenal manager and their fans won’t be much pleased with the performance on the field. They still need to improve to mount any sort of challenge to their rivals.
Manchester City also had a easy home game against Wigan. City’s new signing Sergio Aguero got his first hat-trick of the Premier League and helped his side win 3-0 against Wigan. Manchester City could have scored more as Carlos Tevez’s penalty was saved and Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany’s shots struck the woodwork. Samir Nasri and David Silva were instrumental again in the midfield for City. City looks well prepared before their Champions League clash against Napoli. City maintained their 100% record of the season as they went on top temporarily after the match.
The biggest shock of Saturday was Liverpool’s loss to Stoke. The resilient Stoke side beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Jamie Carragher’s foul on John Walters led to a penalty which Walters converted to give the Potters a huge home win. Liverpool pressed hard to get the Equalizer and Luis Suarez was instrumental in all that Liverpool threw at Stoke but they were unable to find the back of the net. Stoke keeper Begovic was like a screen in front of the goal as he made numerous key saves to keep Liverpool out.
Chelsea went to the Stadium of light to face Sunderland. Blues deadline day signing Raul Mirelles was included in the squad and Daniel Sturridge also came into the squad after the suspension. Chelsea captain John Terry gave them the lead in just 18th minute as Chelsea looked to be in the driver’s seat. Chelsea doubled their lead just 5minutes after the break when Sturiddge made a cheeky back heel which went into the net. Sunderland manged a consolation goal through Ji Dong-won in the 90th minute but it was too little too late.
Tottenham also won against Wolves at Molineux. New arrivals Adebayor and Scott Parker were included in the lineup and they both combined to give Spurs the lead. Spurs doubled their lead 10 minutes from time when Jermain Defoe scored from close range.
Elsewhere Everton drew with Aston Villa 2-2. Leon Osman and Leighton Baines scored for Everton whereas Stiliyan Petrov and Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for Villa.
In the late kickoff Manchester United faced Bolton away from home. And they started from where they left off. United hammered 5 goals past Bolton to go to the top of the table. Brace from Javier Hernandez and a Wayne Rooney hat-trick gave United an emphatic win.