By Ryan Moran
- Both Arsenal and Liverpool drew blanks and take a point from the game.
- Chelsea claim first win away to West Bromwich Albion.
- Bournemouth and Sunderland seal first points of the season.
The game of the week drew a blank between Arsenal and Liverpool. Chelsea got their first three points away to West Bromwich Albion, while one side of Manchester maintained its win streak.
Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool sent the warning signals to Liverpool early on when Christian Benteke’s cut back found Philippe Coutinho who struck the underside of the bar. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring only for the goal to be disallowed, wrongly, for offside. A succession of great saves by Petr Cech kept the Gunner’s in the game. No save more so than Coutinho’s shot that the ex-Chelsea player tipped onto the post. After a dominant first half for the Reds, Arsene Wenger’s side took control with efforts from Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, neither could make the game through. Both sides drew blanks in the end, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be left feeling they should have taken more than a point from the game.
West Brom 2-3 Chelsea
Pedro started his Chelsea career in the best way possible by opening the scoring and assisting Diego Costa’s first goal of the season. James Morrison missed a penalty at 0-0 but redeemed himself 10 minutes before the break. The first 45 minutes saw another goal three minutes before half time; Cesar Azpilicueta giving the Blues a two goal margin at the break. John Terry was sent off for a foul on Salomon Rondon however the home side held on for the win even though Morrison added his and the Baggie’s second with half an hour still to play.
Everton 0-2 Manchester City
The Sky Blue’s impressive run continues after a two second half goals saw them home. Aleksandar Kolarov struck the opener before Samir Nasri scored with two minutes left to secure the win. This takes the away side’s tally to nine points and their goal difference to an impressive eight goals in their favour without conceding in three games, keeping them above Liverpool.
West Ham United 3-4 Bournemouth
Chances galore at Upton Park as seven chances found the back of the net, four in Bournemouth’s favour. Two goals by Callum Wilson were followed up by a Hammers comeback. A penalty by Mark Noble and a rebound goal for Cheikhou Kouyate brought the home side level. Marc Pugh then put the Cherries back in front with a curling effort. Max Gradel pounced on lazy defending by Carl Jenkinson before the full back dragged the winger down in the box. A subsequent red card was shown before Wilson completed his hat trick from the spot. Modibo Maiga pulled one more back but Slaven Bilic’s side just couldn’t get the ball over the line in what was a last minute goalmouth scramble.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
Debutant Bakary Sako clinched the three points for his new team. Scott Dann opened the scoring, heading in from a Jason Puncheon corner. Palace thought they were ahead earlier on in the game when Dwight Gayle’s shot ricocheted off James McArthur and into the net only for the Scot to be judged offside. Adama Traore, a new signing from Barcelona, crossed low from a wide position only Pape Souare to deflect the cross and wrong foot his own keeper to bring the sides level. Sako had been denied twice already by Brad Guzan, it was third time lucky when the Mali international hit the back of the net.
Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli brought Leicester’s winning run to an end when the ex- MK Dons striker finished from a Nacer Chadli cross. One minute later, the Foxes star man so far, Riyah Mahrez drew level with a powerful left footed strike after being denied earlier by the post.
Sunderland 1-1 Swansea City
The Black Cat’s are finally off the mark thanks to Jermaine Defoe equalizing after Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring. Late into first half injury time the French striker put the Swans ahead, a massive blow for any side let alone a side yet to win. Defoe fired in the opposite corner and the home side held on for a point in a much improved performance from a previously poor side.
Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City
Debutant Xherdan Shaqiri assisted Mame Biram Diouf only for Russell Martin to cancel the goal out 17 minutes later. Shaqiri, on free kick duty, crossed the ball finding the head of Diouf who made no mistake in beating John Ruddy in the Canaries goal. Martin had a header denied by Jack Butland before shooting through the keeper’s legs to level the game. The home side dominated the second half to no prevail, Butland proving tough to beat in the opposition goal.
Of the other weekend’s results:
Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Newcastle take on Arsenal at St James’ Park on 29th August to start off next week’s Premier League Action.