Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey continued their impressive starts to the season as Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light as Mezut Ozil caught the eye on his debut.
Ozil had an early impact when he created the opening goal on 11 minutes as he beautifully pulled Kieran Gibbs’ long ball under control before rolling a pass across the edge of the penalty area for Olivier Giroud to finish low inside the near post.
Modibo Diakite hit the top of the crossbar for Sunderland before the home side equalised three minutes after half-time when Craig Gardner scored from the penalty spot after Adam Johnson had tumbled under a challenge from Laurent Koscielny.
Sunderland had a goal disallowed correctly for offside before Arsenal regained the lead on 67 minutes when Carl Jenkinson pulled a cross back to the edge of the area and Aaron Ramsey struck a superb first-time shot past Keiren Westwood.
Ramsey scored his second of the game nine minutes later when he rolled the ball under Westwood after being played in by Giroud following a patient build-up from Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho suffered his first Premier League defeat since returning as Chelsea manager after Steven Naismith’s goal handed Roberto Martinez his first victory as Everton boss.
Samuel Eto’o was close to marking his Chelsea debut with a goal, but was denied by a superb block from Gareth Barry, while Tim Howard produced a flying save to thwart Ramires.
The only goal arrived in first-half stoppage-time when Leon Osman’s cross was headed back across goal by Nikica Jelavic for Naismith to nod in from close range.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to an uninspiring 2-0 victory over 10-man Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Referee Jon Moss, who had waved away three previous penalty appeals and booked Ashley Young for diving, dismissed Kagisho Dikgacoi for bringing down the England man on the edge of the box in the 44th minute.
Van Persie stepped up to convert from the spot but it was not until the 81st minute that Rooney, who started the match sporting a headband to protect the gash which kept him out of England’s World Cup qualifiers, curled home an excellent free-kick.
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