Chelsea avenge Community Shield defeat
By Ryan Moran
- Nine man Arsenal beaten with Diego Costa the protagonist.
- West Ham break Manchester City’s 100% record and stay unbeaten away.
- Berahino scores in West Brom win.
Chelsea’s game with Arsenal was overshadowed by off the ball incidents while West Ham continue their impressive away run ending Manchester City’s winning start to the season.
Saido Berahino scored in West Brom’s 1-0 win away to Aston Villa while Kevin Mirallas made the shortest and worst contribution to a game, receiving a red card two minutes after coming on. Son Heung-min added his first Premier League goal as Tottenham beat Crystal Palace.
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
In a first half filled with controversy came a second half of goals as Chelsea took all three points. Diego Costa’s battles with Laurent Koscielny being hit in the face twice and pushed to the floor resulted in a yellow card for the Chelsea striker. Gabriel Paulista picked up a yellow card for sticking up for his team mate before the opposing striker reeled the defender hook line and sinker into his mind games ending in a step on Costa’s foot and the yellow becoming a red. With 10 men, Chelsea took a 1-0 lead as Kurt Zouma headed in a Cesc Fabregas free kick. Santi Cazorla, already on a yellow card was beaten to a loose ball by Fabregas, catching the midfielder to receive his second yellow card leaving the Gunners with nine players on the field. Eden Hazard made definite of the victory in stoppage time in a game that will be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham
After a mid-week defeat to Juventus, it was vital for Manchester City to not suffer two defeats in four days. Victor Moses was allowed far too much space as he picked his spot from distance beating Joe Hart at his front post. Diafra Sakho made it 2-0 scoring from close range. Kevin De Bruyne pulled one back in a second half onslaught that only provided one goal as the West Ham wall stood strong and held out for all three points. City have now lost twice in four days in two different competitions, while the Hammers have won all three away games with their two others wins coming against Arsenal and Liverpool.
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United
Anthony Martial took his tally to three goals in two Premier League games as United moved back up to second. Southampton took an early lead through Graziano Pelle. Not only did the Red Devils level through Martial, they took the lead and added a third through Juan Mata. Pelle pulled one back with four minutes left to play but could not find that equalizer.
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
Stoke City fans finally had last year’s hero Bojan Krkic back in the side and back among the goals the Potters desperately needed, finding the back of the net after 13 minutes. Jonathan Walters added a second seven minutes later to give the home side a cushion. However in a game of two halves, Leicester clawed their way back in; firstly through a Riyad Mahrez penalty after Marko Arnautovic fouled Danny Drinkwater. Jamie Vardy then gave the Foxes a share of the spoils in the 69th minute as both sides took a point away from the Britannia Stadium. Mark Hughes’ side are still without a win but with the return of Bojan, the home side had more of a threat in attack.
Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Goals from Callum Wilson and a goal of the season contender from winger Matt Ritchie gave Bournemouth their first home win of the season. The first 10 minutes saw two goals while the other 80 minutes saw a red card for Younes Kaboul. Wilson opened the scoring, finishing low past Costel Pantilimon before Ritchie unleashed a cleanly hit volley that bent outwards to somehow sit even more in the top left corner than it already was going to. Two yellow cards ended in Kaboul taking an early bath with both yellows received for fouls on Wilson who caused the ex-Tottenham player trouble for all of the 74 minutes he was on the field of play.
Newcastle United 1-2 Watford
Newcastle are still without a win in the Premier League as Odion Ighalo added two more goals to his tally in his debut top flight campaign. The Magpies’ defensive fragilities were exposed so many times and both goals showcased that point. Ighalo was allowed too much time and space on the first goal, he pushed the ball onto his other foot and placed the ball in at the front post. The second goal had all of the defenders switching across each other losing their markers for Troy Deeney to play a through ball to the striker who round Tim Krul before finding the net from a wide angle. Daryl Janmaat pulled one back but the win was well deserved for the Hornets who have won two games in a row now, only losing to Manchester City in their opening six games.
Liverpool 1-1 Norwich City
Danny Ings scored his first league goal for Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge returned to action after five months out through injury. Russell Martin made sure the Canaries left Anfield with at least a point as Simon Mignolet’s error eventually cost the reds two points.
In the weekend’s other fixtures:
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City 0-0 Everton
Tottenham face Manchester City in the next round of fixtures for the lunchtime kick off next Saturday 26th September.