The highest scoring game of the day in the Premier League, came in a 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Fulham.
The game started well for Arsene Wenger’s team as they were 2-0 ahead with just over twenty minutes played. Olivier Giroud scored the first, his first goal at the Emirates, heading home a corner and Lukas Podolski added the second finishing a Mikel Arteta cross.
Fulham responded emphatically though and were level before half time with goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Alex Kacanikilic. They took strength from their first half recovery and went ahead for the first time in the match due to a Berbatov penalty after a clumsy Arteta foul had brought down the impressive Bryan Ruiz.
It was now Arsenals turn to respond and they did just that when Giroud headed his second of the game to bring the Emirates to its feet.
Hopes of an Arsenal victory were strengthened in injury time when referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot for a dubious handball decision against Fulham’s Sascha Riether.
Mikel Arteta stepped up but was denied by Mark Schwarzer to earn Fulham a well deserved point away from home.
Elsewhere, league leaders Manchester United increased pressure on their title rivals with a narrow 3-2 win against Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa at Villa Park. It was the home side who went two goals up however, with two from Andres Wiemann seemingly setting Villa on their way for their first league victory against United at home for seventeen years.
Javier Hernandez changed the game though, with two goals and an assist to earn his side all three points despite only coming onto the pitch at half time.
His first came after a beautiful pass from Paul Scholes, his assist led to an own goal from Ron Vlaar to equalise, and the winner came in the dying minutes in a typical poacher-like fashion converting Robin Van Persie’s free kick.
The win moves United four points clear at the top whilst Villa are now just three above the drop zone.
Everton’s Marouanne Fellaini once again proved the hero by scoring one and setting up another in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Goodison Park.
It was Sunderland who went ahead through Adam Johnson, who scored his first goal for the club and his team’s first goal in just over nine hours of football. They left Merseyside empty handed though, after Fellaini’s equaliser and Nikita Jelavic’s winner sent Everton to fourth.
Southampton could only manage a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the St Mary’s Stadium to keep pressure firmly on manager Nigel Atkins. The Saints put on a good performance and went ahead through Morgan Schneiderlin,only for their defensive frailties to come back to bite them.
A mix up between keeper Paulo Gazzaniga and defender Maya Yoshida allowed Nathan Dyer through to earn the Welsh side a point against Dyer’s former employers.
West Brom won their first three points away from home this season with a 2-1 win at the DW Stadium over Wigan. All the goals came in the first half, James Morrison and a Gary Caldwell own goal putting Albion two up before Arouna Kone pulled one back.
Wigan were unable to grab an equaliser much to the delight of West Brom manager Steve Clarke who has had a terrific start to the season.
QPR went bottom of the table after a 1-0 defeat to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Charlie Adam’s goal proved the difference in a game which saw QPR have seventeen attempts at goal but no goals to show.
Finally, Reading are still without a win after a goalless draw with Norwich at the Madjeski Stadium. It was Norwich’s first clean sheet in thirty nine Premier League away games in a match which lacked any talking points.