Manchester United went to the top of the Premier League last night, with a comfortable 2-1 win against a lacklustre Arsenal at Old Trafford.
With an air of inevitability, it was former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie who grabbed the opener against the club where he made his name.
Wayne Rooney has scored ten goals against Arsenal in his career but failed to make it eleven when his penalty missed the target just before half time. However, Rooney made amends by setting up Patrice Evra for his second goal of the season and the second of the game for United.
Arsenal’s best player for the majority of the game, Jack Wilshere, was sent off for two bookable offenses but they still managed a consolation goal through Santi Cazorla.
Even so, they still go back to London with their worst start to a season in eighteen years.
Elsewhere, Chelsea dropped to second in the table after a 1-1 draw against mid-table Swansea. It was Victor Moses who put the European champions in front with a close range header midway through the second half.
In the previous six league games that Chelsea had taken the lead this season, they had gone on to claim all three points but Pablo Hernandez had other ideas. With two minutes remaining the ex-Valencia forward hit his second goal in his Swansea career to rescue a point for Michael Laudrup’s men, stealing two from Roberto Di Matteo’s.
Steve Sidwell’s last minute equaliser gave Fulham an undeserved point in a 2-2 draw at home to Everton. Bryan Ruiz’s early free kick and Sidwell’s equaliser sandwiched Marouane Fellaini’s impressive double in a game which will leave David Moyes wondering how his side failed to win.
Champions Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw away at newly promoted West Ham despite Roberto Mancini starting with three strikers.
Pressure continues to mount upon Mancini and his multi-million pound team after yet another unconvincing display.
However, the draw could quite easily have been a loss as West Ham’s Kevin Nolan saw a goal chalked off after a questionable offside decision early in the first half and Yossi Benayoun struck the bar minutes later.
Norwich claimed their second victory of the season with a 1-0 win over Stoke at Carrow Road. It was Bradley Johnson who scored the decisive goal, directing a Robert Snodgrass free kick into the top corner.
Stoke’s best chance fell to Kenwyne Jones but he could only drag his effort wide and leave Stoke with only one win all season.
Gabriel Agbonglahor scored the winning goal at the Stadium of Light to give Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over Sunderland. The win moves Aston Villa level on nine points with Sunderland at the bottom end of the Premier League.
Tottenham were booed off at White Hart Lane after a 1-0 loss to Wigan. It was Ben Watson who grabbed the only goal of the game for the Latics, who become the first team to stop Tottenham scoring this season.